Achieving sustainability: encouraging local government investment

Themes: Public finance Sanitation Tools and guidance WASH

Substantial local government investment is essential for sustainable services, but difficult to achieve. Barriers include institutional lack of clarity over responsibilities (particularly in sanitation provision), weak capacity to collect and manage revenues, unpredictable transfers from national to local government, and a lack of data on past spending and its effectiveness. This paper looks at some ways in which WSUP and Water For People are working to strengthen this link in the investment chain.