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Toolkit for local financing of operating costs and maintenance of water points

Local financing of operating costs and maintenance of water points
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Mary Allen, Adama Belemvire, Awa Ka

A major challenge for rural water supply in Africa is ensuring the operation of water points in a sustainable manner. With a view to helping local governments and communities to ensure sustainable access to water and sanitation, between 2008 and 2012 GWI West Africa developed  a series of practical guides to enable beneficiaries and key stakeholders to make informed decisions in relation to the choice of technology and water supply systems that best meets their community's needs.

The purpose of this toolkit is to help villagers, through a participatory analysis process, to produce a simple financial analysis allowing them to make informed decisions. Among the many factors to consider in making that choice, there are operating costs and long-term maintenance of the different systems and an evaluation by the community of its ability to bear these costs, taking into account the external financial and technical support available.

Between 2008 and 2012, GWI in West Africa was funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and implemented by CARE International, the Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and SOS Sahel International UK.

August 2015

GWI West Africa