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IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre's WASHCost project has released an animation that has been created to help us understand how the life-cycle costs and the service delivered are connected. The life-cycle cost approach can be used to increase financial sustainability and to stop the cycle of failure of service delivery.

Other products which will be launched this year include short documentaries, the WASHCost Calculator, and the use of LCCA for measuring hygiene outcomes and WASH school programmes.

WASHCost was a five-year action research programme led by IRC, running from 2008 to 2012 with partner organisations in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Andhra Pradesh (India) and Mozambique. The WASHCost team collected and analysed cost and service level information for water, sanitation and hygiene in rural and peri-urban areas, applying the life-cycle costs approach. The life-cycle costs approach examines the complex relationships between expenditure, service delivery, poverty, effectiveness and sustainability.

Visit "The real cost of sustainable WASH services campaign" it gives key findings and messages from WASHCost research in Burkina Faso, Ghana, India, and Mozambique.

For information on WASHCost and using the animation in higher resolution formats please contact

TitleAnimation: Life-cycle cost approach (LCCA) bringing us closer to WASH services that last
Publication TypeJournal
Year of Publication2013



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