This paper presents a computerized tool developed by the Water and Sanitation Program – Africa (WSP-Af) to assist African governments in analysing the financial status of their water sectors. The Sector Wide Investment and Financing Tool (SWIFT) was developed in response to demand from African governments. Resource flows studies conducted by WSP-Af in a number of African countries pointed to the need for the comparative analysis of public expenditure data and resource requirement estimates. The primary function of a SWIFT analysis then is to understand the financial balances in the water sector of a given country and to allow strategic analysis of options available to close those gaps. This tool has been developed as a generic representation of a water sector and is designed to assist African countries to develop simple financial plans for their water sector. The model analysis can also help sector decision makers to understand the strengths and weaknesses of their existing sector information and monitoring systems (it facilitates an understanding of the planning cost linked to poor information). Ultimately this tool, adapted to the country specific situation in which it is used, allows for an annual iterative input into financial planning and budget design efforts. (Link)
Virjee, K. 2006. The Sector Wide Investment and Financing Tool (SWIFT) – Model Overview Working Paper (Draft). Water and Sanitation Program – Africa (WSP-Af) The World Bank, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre. 23 p.