WaterAid has initiated a research project to evaluate the effectiveness of public financing for sustainable household sanitation in Thailand’s rural areas. In Thailand, less than 1% of the rural population had access to basic sanitation in 1960, but this figure had reached 99.9% by 1999. This dramatic increase is the result of a concerted long term national programme by the Thai Government that successfully employed a range of policy instruments and tools to expand sanitation coverage. The objective of this case study is to extract the lessons that can be learned from Thailand’s example for other countries that still struggle to improve basic sanitation coverage, by understanding the cost and financing policies that contributed to this success.
Trémolet, S.; Binder, D. Evaluating the effectiveness of public finance for household sanitation in rural Thailand. (2013) 26 pp.