WASHCost Associate Research Programme: Cost-effectiveness of hygiene promotion interventions in Andhra Pradesh, India
WASHCost was run by the IRC International Water and Sanitation Resource Centre, emphasising full life-cycle costing for water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions, including an understanding of the recurrent costs needed to maintain a level of service delivery.
Project Category: Applied Research
Key Areas of Work: Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
WASHCost developed a methodology to assess the cost effectiveness of hygiene interventions (the Hygiene Cost Effectiveness, or HCE methodology) in the four WASHCost country programs of Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mozambique, and the state of Andhra Pradesh, India (the country of focus for the IWC¹s research).
A suitable hygiene intervention was not identified for assessment in Andhra Pradesh over the duration of the WASHCost project; subsequently, no cost data for a particular intervention were available for analysis.
However, while a full trial of the HCE methodology was not possible in Andhra Pradesh, this report trialed and adapted the WASHCost HCE tools for assessing effectiveness in order to provide a 'snapshot¹ of hygiene practices from the point of data collection (the year 2010), and provided recommendations for adaptation of the methodology for Andhra Pradesh and suggestions and considerations for the refinement of the effectiveness-assessment methodology as a whole.