Case study: Cost recovery strategy ensuring capital contribution and water availability in dry seasons

Updated - Thursday 05 April 2018

Under JESE’s facilitation, participants such as as Parents-Teachers Association (PTA), School Management Committee (SMC), children, and community members were enabled to clearly outline the costs, revenues, and intended income-generating activities, which are essential to determine the cost recovery planning strategy. In February 2017, parents and SMC agreed to start a treasury fund for WASH activities in the school, collecting contributions from various sources, including the Universal Primary Education (UPE) grant, parents’ donations, and sales revenue from income generating activities, such as beans and maize farming, tree planting, and hand-made crafts selling.

Kisomoro Primary School has generated great progress since having conducted the cost recovery planning. For example, the school was able to afford four shipments of building materials as well as excavate two pits for the construction of latrines. The school also has cash reserves which can be used to purchase water in a dry season. Furthermore, the school plans to construct a gravity-flow pipe system and connect it to the water tank.

Cost Recovery Plan of Kisomoro Primary School 

Note: The local currency is the Uganda Shilling (1 Uganda Shilling equals 0.00023 Euro)

Cost recovery is never an easy subject to discuss with local community members because it involves making plans for the unforeseeable future as well as money. The majority of the parents are peasants who solely depend on their crops for survival. Therefore parents’ contribution to school activities is usually kept minimal during bad seasons.

However, it is essential to have parents engaged in the cost recovery planning right from the beginning. By including parents’ mandatory contribution into the treasury fund, it creates a sense of involvement and responsibility for them to participate, construct, and maintain WASH facilities.

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Simavi continues to work with communities on creating a positive and enabling environment in which every stakeholder is active and to ensure that people are using the WASH services properly.

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