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UNHCR and IRC join forces to improve planning in refugee camps

Published on: 17/04/2014

On April 15, 2014, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and IRC have started a collaboration to pilot the Life-Cycle Cost Approach (LCCA) in the context of refugee camps and settlements.

The project seeks to support better planning and effective management of the water supply systems in camps and settlements. It will generate cost/benefit analysis to ensure suitable choices are made and right level of investment is allocated to water infrastructures to sustain the adequate level of water services to refugees.

The project consists in piloting the life-cycle cost approach (LCCA) to better understand the interaction between capital investments and costs of ongoing operation and maintenance of water systems, considering aspects of sustainability and resilience with specific considerations of the different contexts (camps and settlements).