One central problem is the limited data on the costs and benefits of sanitation interventions, particularly those related to the less tangible impacts on health and the environment. However, due to the inconsistencies in the approaches towards data collection, it is frequently a challenge to obtain basic financial data that enables comparisons of the costs of different types of sanitation systems.
The SuSanA working group on Finance and Economics strives to tackle these challenges by enabling members of the group to share knowledge and information about approaches for financial and economic costing. The objective is to develop a more consistent approach and standardised methodologies for carrying out financial and economic analyses, which can be utilised by practitioners and policy advisors.
Our ultimate goal is to enable a fair cost comparison between different types of sanitation systems in order to determine the most cost-effective and economic solutions, which can be used to support sanitation planning and programming.