WASHCost brochure not for Source Bul 64 + other suggestion

Dear Nick,

I find The WASHCost brochure as is too complicated for Source Bulletin 64.

For this issue I have already one edited article for WASHCost suggested by Peter McIntyre: Breaking the rules or mending the leaks, from Andhra Pradesh.

I suggest to use as other WASH services that last article for S Bul 64 the article below that I wrote partly from the WASHCost Update of April 2011, and from the first files that Carmen had put online already on the training modules for Brisbane, which I edited today in consultation with Tettje, see http://www.irc.nl/page/63004. I am also attaching it so that you can edit in track changes.

Services that last training in 2011

While many countries are moving away from a focus on infrastructure towards ensuring continuous services and investment in planning, monitoring and post-construction support, significant gaps and disparities remain. To remedy that IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre is developing a modular training programme, "Water and sanitation services that last". It combines the expertise of WASH professionals and the latest ideas around service delivery approaches for water services that last.

IRC is developing training sessions on embedding Triple-S / WASHCost / IRC concepts.The training is set up in three modules, providing increasing levels of detail about a service delivery approach. In modules 1 and 2, we present guiding concepts and principles and provide inspiring examples. In modules 2 and 3, we expand on the principles and provide further practical work on application of the concepts and tools in specific contexts.

The WASHCost team will organise back-to-back training sessions at four international events in 2011for using the life-cycle costs approach. Presentations and handouts from the training will be available here.

Back-to-back training at events 2011

WASHCost and the Triple-S project have provided significant portions of materials used for the training by providing a framework that emphasises the service delivery approach and life-cycle costs approaches. WASHCost Director Catarina Fonseca, IRC, and Harold Lockwood, Aguaconsult and Triple-S, will lead a training on sustainable service delivery and life-cycle costs at the WASH Conference 2011: Towards sustainability in water, sanitation, and hygiene, in Brisbane, Australia, 16 – 20 May 2011. The training will initially focus on three major parts that take participants from (1) general concepts and approaches to (2) the examples of these in use to (3) learning how to apply tools and approaches for sustainable water and sanitation services in your own context.

The WASHCost team will organise back-to-back training sessions for using the life-cycle costs approach at three other international events in 2011:

Key concepts: service delivery approach

A key disparity is between the physical system (the infrastructure) and the service which these systems deliver. Recognising this is a fundamental starting point of the service delivery approach, a core concept of this training. Service refers to the provision of a public benefit through a continuous and permanent flow of activities and resources; a concept applied in many other services, both in the developing and developed worlds, such as health, education, electricity, telephone and urban water supplies.

A water service consists of access to a flow of water with certain characteristics (such as quantity, quality and continuity). Sanitation service levels are usually catagorised by technology. The concept of sanitation services, comprised of containment, collection, treatment, disposal and re-use of excreta and solid and liquid waste, allows a greater focus on the users and the actual service they can access.

Key concepts: life-cycle costs approach.

One of the key components of ensuring that WASH services continue to work is life-cycle costing: considering all the costs from capital investment to maintenance, repairs, direct and indirect support costs and the costs of capital for asset replacement. By costing services rather than infrastructure alone, the life-cycle costs approach is about recognising the importance of post-construction costs which must be covered in order for a service to be maintained over time. The rationale is that WASH governance will improve at all levels, as decision makers and stakeholders analyse the costs of sustainable, equitable and efficient services and put their knowledge to use.

Target audiences for this training package

– Sector professionals and practitioners from international agencies, donors and NGOs;
– Research partners;
– Senior members of national government and NGO staff.

If your organisation is interested in this training you can ask the WASHCost team for more information using the e-mail: washcost

Dick de Jong

All the best,


From: Nick Dickinson
Sent: 19 April 2011 16:58
To: Dick de Jong; Sascha de Graaf; Angelica de Jesus
Subject: RE: Comments on WASHCost brochure online // promoting it in IRC pages, Source etc.

Dear Dick,

Thanks for the comments. Please drop it in my pigeonhole and I’ll have a look when I get back. Are you still thinking of using part of it for a Source item?

All the best,


Services that last training in 2011.doc

About dijoh2o

Background Journalist from the School of Journalism in Utrecht (1969), with over 30 years of experience as a practicing communication specialist, including seven years in international and national journalism and three years in the field of information and communication with UNICEF in Bangladesh. With IRC more than 25 years involvement with water supply, sanitation and hygiene education in developing countries. Publications - edits Source Bulletin, co-edits Source Weekly. - is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Waterlines, - Advocacy for Water, Environmental Sanitation and Hygiene TOP Joint author of - Communication in Water Supply and Sanitation: Resource Booklet (COM-E), - Communication Case Studies for the Water Supply and Sanitation Sector, and - Water in de Ontwikkelingslanden [Water in developing countries] (school educational material for the Dutch UNICEF Committee).
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