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IRC Symposium 2010 Pumps, Pipes and Promises: Costs, Finances and Accountability for Sustainable WASH Services

Published on: 01/08/2011

From 16 to 18 November 2010, IRC’s second symposium gathered some 120 international participants in The Hague, The Netherlands to discuss the latest in discursive trends, research agenda and on-the-ground experiences on WASH service costs, financing and accountability.

In IRC Associate’s Peter McIntyre news feature entitled IRC Symposium challenges WASH sector to cost and finance sustainable services, he highlights the main discussion points in the symposium, participants’ expressed commitments, and shares the symposium’s synthesis report.

The symposium was organised in three topic strands, guided by a background note prepared by IRC staff. Of the more than 100 abstracts received by IRC during the preparatory phase, the papers compiled below reflect those that were selected, presented and discussed during the symposium.

Topic 1: Costs of services

The use of cost information in planning and decision making in rural water and sanitation service delivery in Ghana:

User financing of rural handpump water services:

Operation and maintenance costs of rural water supply schemes in South Africa:

The economics of sanitation initiatives (ESI) for sanitation decision making in Southeast Asia

Sanitation costs analysis in Burkina Faso:

The cost of keeping a rural water system running - cost tracking of three rural water supplies in Uganda:

Cost effectiveness analysis as a methodology to compare sanitation options in peri-urban Can Tho, Vietnam:

Collecting WASH services cost data: experiences from Mozambique:

Costs of delivering water service in rural areas and small towns in Ghana:

Improving the robustness of financial and economic analysis of sanitation system:  

Life-cycle costs approach (LCCA) for sustainable WASH service delivery: a study in rural Andhra Pradesh, India:

A costs analysis of hygiene promotion interventions in Mozambique:

Planning and budgeting mechanisms in the Mozambique water sector: improving the decision making process:

Approach to cost information in the WASH sector in Colombia:

Topic 2: Financing services

Using franchising principles to improve water services reliability:

Reducing financial barriers to accessing WASH services:

Community financing of handpump maintenance: a case study in rural Mali:

New incentives: economic projections with the water-person-years concept:

Micro-credit and rainwater harvesting:

Mainstreaming program based approach in Burkina Faso:

The financial sustainability of drinking water services: the case of Zorgho, Burkina Faso:

Effective public finance for household sanitation: a study for WaterAid:

Topic 3: Ensuring accountability

Regulatory capture revisited - is there an anti-corruption agenda in regulation? Lessons from Colombia and Zambia:

Enhancing integrity to improve service delivery in water service supply provision:

Accountability and sustainability of rural water supply and sanitation infrastructure in Timor-Leste:

Corruption in local governments and its impacts on rural water services:

Can we improve accountability through participation? Practical Action's learning:

Connected hand pump mechanics for improved service delivery: a case study of district-based associations of hand pump mechanics in Uganda as a supporting mechanism:

Improving governance in the water sector to social accountability, communication and transparency: Processes, experiences and lessons using the community score card in Uganda:

From dirty to clean pipes: A review of an anti-corruption agreement to prevent corruption in water and wastewater pipe supply in Colombia:

Transparency, accountability in water service delivery, problems and prospects: a case of Brahmapur city in Orissa, India:

Can WASH services be improved by TAPping? Insights from WASHCost (India) Project:

Citizens' action for accountable governance - Reflections from South Asia:

Challenging the 'Percentage System'- Tackling systematic corruption through improved transparency and accountability in India:

Exploring the integrity challenge in the water sector:

Water point mapping - a tool for increasing transparency and accountability:

Symposium keynote presentations

http://www.ircwash.org/resources/keynote-presentations-irc-symposium-2010-pumps-pipes-and-promises