Priceless: uncovering the real costs of water and sanitation

The International Red Cross (IRC) has released a book, titled “Priceless! Uncovering the Real Costs of Water and Sanitation,” as part of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Cost (WASHCost) initiative. The book presents lessons learned from the WASHCost project and reflects on experiences in the four project countries: Burkina Faso; Ghana; Mozambique; and India. Many developing countries show enormous effort and commitment to ensure that their citizens gain access to the basic necessities of life – and nothing is more fundamental than clean water and hygienic sanitation. But their efforts are constrained by lack of basic information and the absence of systems to monitor the quality of the services.