107. How to Do Value for Money Analysis for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Programmes – Guidance Note

This “how to” note provides practical guidance on how to analyse Value for Money (VFM) in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes. It takes readers through a step-by-step approach to produce and analyse VFM indicators for WASH programmes, based on examples. It also provides guidance on how to interpret results of the VFM analysis. This note is an output of the VFM WASH project, which stands for “Value for Money and Sustainability in WASH programmes”. This was a two-year research project, funded by The Department for International Development/UK (DFID), carrying out operational research into DFID’s WASH programmes in six countries. A consortium of five organisations has carried out the work. The project had two main objectives: to identify how VFM and sustainability can be improved in DFID-funded WASH programmes through operational research in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Zambia; and, to assess the sustainability of rural WASH services in Africa and South Asia by carrying out nationally-representative household surveys in four countries (Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Pakistan), alongside gathering secondary data for a larger group of countries (e.g. existing surveys and Water Point Mapping initiatives). (Link)


Prat, M. A.; Trémolet, S.; Ross, I. 2015. How to Do Value for Money Analysis for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Programmes – Guidance Note. London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), OXFAM, Oxford Policy Management (OPM), university of Leeds, UKAid. 44 p.

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