Category Archives: Funding

Approaches to Capital Financing and Cost Recovery in Sewerage Schemes Implemented in India: Lessons Learned and Approaches for Future Schemes

Approaches to Capital Financing and Cost Recovery in Sewerage Schemes Implemented in India: Lessons Learned and Approaches for Future Schemes, 2016. Water and Sanitation Program.

This report aims to highlight some of the successful financial management practices adopted by Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in India when implementing sewerage schemes. The findings are presented in two parts – the first part of the report discusses the approach adopted for capital financing of sewerage schemes in the state of Tamil Nadu, and the second part presents the findings from a review of the operational expenditure and revenue generation of various ULBs across the country.

The aim of the report is to share successful capital financing and cost recovery practices adopted by ULBs in India and enable improvement in provisioning of sewerage systems (only where feasible and economically viable, typically only in larger towns with a population greater than 50,000) and ensure availability of sufficient funds for proper Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of the schemes implemented.

 

USAID – More Than Just Toilets: Report on USAID’s Response to the Global Sanitation Challenge, 2015

More Than Just Toilets: Report on USAID’s Response to the Global Sanitation Challenge, 2015. USAID.

Improving sanitation can have a significant impact on health, the economy, and personal security and dignity, especially for women and girls. Investments in sanitation reduce health care costs and boost productivity, as time available for work and school increases.

Despite these compelling benefits, the world did not meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 7c of halving the number of people without access to improved sanitation between 1990 and 2015. The slow progress in sanitation access is related to some daunting challenges. Sanitation is not a glamorous topic, is often overlooked, difficult to discuss, and in many cultures considered taboo. Sanitation generally suffers from a lack of political prioritization, particularly when compared with drinking water.

USAID’s efforts to address sanitation inequalities and access issues focus on sustainably improving sanitation services beyond just the provision of latrines. Sanitation is closely linked to issues of safe drinking water and hygiene, and USAID’s programs and funding for sanitation activities are bundled together under the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) key issue.

 

Public Finance for WASH

What is Public Finance for WASH?

It’s a research and advocacy initiative around domestic public finance for water and sanitation. We believe (and it’s supported by the evidence) that universal water and sanitation is fundamentally dependent on well-functioning domestic taxation systems.

We believe that key actors (governments, donors, NGOs) need to ensure that aid funds are delivered in ways which support the development of equitable domestic public finance systems. And we believe that market-driven solutions need to be enabled by careful investment of public finance.

Who are we?

Public Finance for WASH was set up in late 2014 by a group of individuals from Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) and IRC. Lead individuals in each organisation are Guy Norman and Catarina Fonseca. Public Finance for WASH operates as a collaboration  between the two partner organisations, not as a separate legal entity. The current Coordinator of the initiative is Rosie Renouf, based out of the WSUP London office.

Why this website?

This website aims to provide information and provoke debate around domestic public finance for WASH. Here you will find short publications (Finance Briefs) produced by us. You will also find useful open-access publications produced by other organisations, plus news and blogs about domestic public finance in the WASH sector. Finally, you’ll also find links to some key related initiatives, including Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) and WASHwatch.org. Any suggestions, get in touch!

Water.org launches Water and Sanitation Challenge for India

Win US$ 250,000 for you idea on how to ensure that low-income households in India get water and sanitation services.

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Photo: Water.org

How can market-based approaches expand water and sanitation solutions among low-income households in India? This is the question that the Water and Sanitation Challenge seeks to answer.

The Challenge is an initiative of Water.org and OpenIDEO. It focusses on accelerating efforts that meet some specific criteria – such as developing local partnerships and having operations on the ground in India.  Top Ideas will be considered for approximately US$ 250,000 and mentorship from Water.org.

For more information read the challenge brief at: www.water.org/challenge

The deadline for idea submission is March 7th, 2016.

Leytonstone man sets up new search engine to support world sanitation projects

Leytonstone man sets up new search engine to support world sanitation projects, by Douglas Patient, The Guardian, Dec 18 2015.

An entrepreneur has set up a brand new search engine which allows internet users to support sanitation and fresh water projects for developing countries by simply searching the web.

Andrea Demichelis

22-year-old Andrea Demichelis, of Vernon road, Leytonstone, has launched the search engine Elliot for Water.

While most other search engines make money adverts, 60 per cent of the profits made by Elliot for Water will go towards sanitation projects in developing countries.

The local charity partners implementing the projects will not take a fee from Elliot for Water, but instead will benefit from the latest water purification technology from Solwa Srl – an organisation that provides innovative solar powered equipment.

Elliot for Water comes at a time when over 600 million people do not have access to clean water, and around 2.5 billion are without adequate sanitation.

As a result, millions die each year from water-related diseases.

It is because of this water crisis that Elliot for Water was formed.

Mr Demichelis said: “I set up Elliot for Water because I wanted to show people that they can make a tangible and positive impact on the world by doing something that they do every day.

“With Elliot for Water, helping others has never been easier.

“As the search engine is powered by Yahoo! you can still enjoy the internet as you normally would, but knowing that your simple searches may be saving lives.”

“People can also be confident that we are working with small, local charities, so the revenue from their clicks won’t get lost in larger charities which have bigger overheads, so the people that need it most are getting the maximum benefit.”

Though newly launched, Elliot for Water hopes to become the default search engine for many.

Mr Demichelis adds: “I would urge people to use Elliot for Water, as they can make an impact straight away.

“After all, if you have the opportunity to save lives by simply searching the web, wouldn’t you take it?”

 

NEW BLOG! Community-run aqueducts in Colombia promote public policy for scaling up public finance for WASH, By Valeria Llano-Arias

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  This blog describes a particular case of an association of community aqueducts in Colombia and the advocacy process to demand increased public investment and support to their work as water service providers.

You can read the blog  here

New week NEW BRIEF! Finance Brief N. 8: “A few cents on your water bill: Tana’s (Anatanarivo) surcharge system” By Sylvie Ramanantsoa, Julie Ranaivo and Guy Norman

Tana 001    In Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo (Tana), water bills include various surcharges designed to help finance water and sanitation. In recent years, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) has been working with local government and with the utility JIRAMA to optimise the use of these revenues to support water supply improvements in low-income communities. This brief describes how this interesting system works, and considers how it might be further developed.

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