Financial management of water supply and sanitation : a handbook
Other TitlesGestion financière de l' approvisionnement en eau et de l' assainissement : manuel
Gestión financiera del abastecimiento de agua y del saneamiento : manual
AbstractDescribes a range of financial principles and methods for improving the management of water supply and sanitation services whether large or small, urban or rural. Addressed to managers and other decision-makers, the book shows how financial mechanisms, such as cost recovery, cash raising, and cost containment, can be used to ensure that services are financially sustainable and able to meet users needs. With this goal in mind, the book helps readers to think through all costs and responsibilities associated with each stage in a project s life span, and then to use this information to set objectives and calculate costs and benefits. Material in the handbook was tested in 20 countries and then further refined in country and intercountry seminars involving over 1000 participants. The book has two parts. Part one introduces some of the underlying principles for ascertaining that all resources required for services are identified and available. Information ranges from a list of obstacles commonly encountered in developing countries, through tips on how to reduce costs and increase revenue, to the simple reminder that water has a price that should always be paid for by consumers. Readers are also introduced to the concepts of resource coverage and liquidity maintenance. The second and most extensive part provides a practical guide to methods of cost recovery. Using numerous checklists, charts, examples, and schedules for calculating projected costs, chapters offer a step-by-step explanation of the financial and related activities required to achieve cost recovery at each stage in a project s life span, moving from planning and construction, through operation and maintenance, to eventual replacement
World Health Organization. (1994). Financial management of water supply and sanitation : a handbook. Geneva : World Health Organization. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/40031
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