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:
- 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.
- Analyze low-income households’ abilities and willingness-to-pay (WTP) for selected sanitation solutions.
- Determine the size of the “gaps” between sanitation costs, and household WTP that will have to be addressed through sanitation financing interventions.
- 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