Quick financial sustainability check
Since costs of services over time are not understood by sanitation projects and programmes, there is a major risk to sustainability. Unrealistic and unknown expectations are set during project preparation and no actions are taken to ensure that households can cover sanitation-related expenditures in the medium to long term. The described tool will provide a quick and easy way for practitioners to check the chances of sustainability of their programmes by comparing life-cycle costs with desired service levels. It will be useful for planning, assessing sustainability from a cost perspective and for monitoring value for money. Target users are practitioners and planners that seek to improve the sustainability of new and existing sanitation services.