Skip to main content
TitleClosing the sanitation gap : the case for better public funding of sanitation and hygiene
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsEvans, B, Hutton, G, Haller, L
Pagination25 p.
Date Published2004-01-01
Place PublishedParis, France
Keywordsaccess to sanitation, behaviour, cost recovery, hygiene, investment, monitoring, sanitation charges, sdipol

Background paper for the Round Table on Sustainable Development. Provides an introduction to the sanitation gap, stating that lack of access to sanitation and the means of good hygiene is an assault against human dignity. At least 1.47 billion additional people need to gain access to basic sanitation before 2015. Governments can seek investment for sanitation from central government funds (including tax revenues and receipts from international organizations including ODA); regional/ local/ urban government; private sector; shared community resources; and from the household directly. The papers provide information on how progress could be made. While the costs of investing in sanitation may seem huge, they are dwarfed by the potential economic benefits.
Finally the authors focus on monitoring and evaluation, stating that there is an urgent need for more support for monitoring of some key aspects of service provision. (1) We need to know more about how much money is currently being spent, where it is being spent and by whom. (2) We need to know more about household expenditure and (3) Governments and donors need to know more about access and hygiene behaviours.

NotesIncludes references
Custom 1302.8


The copyright of the documents on this site remains with the original publishers. The documents may therefore not be redistributed commercially without the permission of the original publishers.

Back to
the top