Subsidies for recurrent costs may be needed to provide water to the rural poor
Updated - Friday 07 December 2012
WASHCost research strongly suggests that the rural poor are missing out due to failure to finance water services properly, especially recurrent expenditure subsequent to initial hardware provision. Even the relatively small amount of additional money that is required is 6-12 times bigger than the current spending on recurrent items – such as capital maintenance and direct support. Governments, NGOs and donors may need to subsidise part of the recurrent costs over the longer term in developing countries, to ensure that water services for the rural poor remain achievable.