|Title||Decentralisation and the use of cost data in WASHCost project countries: synthesis of country reports 2009|
|Publication Type||Progress Report|
|Year of Publication||2010|
|Pagination||8 p. : 1 tab.|
|Place Published||The Hague|
|Type||WASHCost global briefing note|
|Keywords||burkina faso, cost benefit analysis, costs, decentralization, ghana, india andhra pradesh, institutional aspects, mozambique, reform, sanitation services, sdiman, WASHCost, water supply services|
Conventional budgeting practice in providing water and sanitation services is often focused on the hardware/ technology options. "Knowledge about costs is mostly limited to capital investment or capital expenditure" (p.8). In this briefing note, the author outlines the preliminary findings of WASHCost in its research focus countries, and brings to the fore the need for WASHCost research to strengthen its analysis of institutional reforms and decentralisation processes to arrive at context-relevant recommendations for development.