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Urban Sanitation Economics

2018 - 2019 • Aquaya Institute


Measure and compare the full life-cycle costs of high-quality sanitation products and services with willingness-to-pay for these products and services by low-income households.


Through their Urban Sanitation Research Initiative, Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) has commissioned Aquaya to measure and compare the full life-cycle costs of high-quality sanitation products and services with willingness-to-pay for these products and services by low-income households. This research will be conducted in a single city in each of three countries (Bangladesh, Ghana, and Kenya) and will include the following activities:

1. Calculate the full life-cycle costs of existing or possible sanitation solutions in low-income areas, including current or projected costs to low-income consumers.

2. Analyze low-income households’ abilities and willingness-to-pay (WTP) for selected sanitation solutions.

3. Determine the size of the “gaps” between sanitation costs, and household WTP that will have to be addressed through sanitation financing interventions.

4. Provide data and analyses that can be used at national and city levels, for:
a. Evaluating public finance requirements and mechanisms for improved sanitation
b. More comprehensive sanitation investment planning.

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Cities East Asia & Pacific Emptying and transport (non sewered) Enabling environment and institutional strengthening Faeces or faecal sludge International NGO Market development Other funding source or unspecified Specific to one or several countries Sub-Saharan Africa Urban (entire city)

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The Aquaya Institute is a non-profit research and consulting organization dedicated to expanding safe water and sanitation access in developing countries through science and innovation. We deliver the knowledge and tools that are required to achieve universal access to safe water and sanitation.

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