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Assessing the scope for asset management in rural Ghana

Studies have proven that rural water supply systems in the developing world are not being sustainably managed. This is demonstrated by the approximated 30-40% rate of system failure at any one time. A common cause of breakdowns has been identified to be the inability of service providers to ensure the timely maintenance and renewal of water supply assets across their service life. This has been linked to inadequate mechanisms of financial planning and budgeting that do not account for the life-cycle costs of maintaining a water service over time.

Once a primary component of water supply system breaks down, it can often be months before financial resources are mobilised from communities, government or donors to rehabilitate the system. Without improved asset maintenance and financial planning, it is likely that premature breakdowns will keep happening and the cycle of unsustainable rural services will continue.

TitleAssessing the scope for asset management in rural Ghana
Publication TypeProgress Report
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsBurr, P., Kumasi T.C., Franceys, R.
Pagination60
PublisherIRC
Place PublishedThe Hague
Publication LanguageEnglish
Abstract

Studies have proven that rural water supply systems in the developing world are not being sustainably managed. This is demonstrated by the approximated 30-40% rate of system failure at any one time. A common cause of breakdowns has been identified to be the inability of service providers to ensure the timely maintenance and renewal of water supply assets across their service life. This has been linked to inadequate mechanisms of financial planning and budgeting that do not account for the life-cycle costs of maintaining a water service over time.

Once a primary component of water supply system breaks down, it can often be months before financial resources are mobilised from communities, government or donors to rehabilitate the system. Without improved asset maintenance and financial planning, it is likely that premature breakdowns will keep happening and the cycle of unsustainable rural services will continue.

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