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Published on: 30/08/2011

WASHCost Project Ghana has published the series of briefing notes on “Life-cycle costs approach for WASH services that last”. It highlights findings on the life-cycle costs and levels of service delivery in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector in Ghana.

WASHCost is sharing the outcomes of action research on life-cycle costs in Ghana to help bring about policy change and proper costing of sector projects for sustainability. The main targets for the publication series include policy makers, researchers, service providers, donors and other sector stakeholders.

Briefing Note 1: Life-cycle costs in Ghana: background and methodology

This series of briefing notes has been developed to explain the methodology, share the findings, and draw out the implications for policy and practice in the Ghana’s WASH sector. This first briefing note goes into the background and methodology of the life-cycle costs approach in Ghana and introduces the rest of the series.

Briefing Note 2: Post construction costs of water point-systems

This briefing note focuses on recurrent and post-construction costs of providing rural water services based on boreholes fitted with hand-pumps. The life-cycle costs approach (LCCA) is used to quantify the magnitude of different cost components for delivering sustainable rural water services in Ghana.

Briefing Note 3: Costs of rural and small town sanitation services

This briefing note presents findings on household sanitation technologies used in rural areas and the costs of accessing sanitation services based on these technologies, using the life cycle costing approach based on a survey in three districts in Northern, Ashanti and Volta regions in Ghana.

Briefing Note 4: Access to services in rural areas and small towns

This briefing note reports findings about planned and actual access to water services by users in small towns and rural communities in Ghana. The type and level of service to which rural water users had access are presented. People’s access to services is not always at the level assumed by planners.

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