This Technical Brief shares the USAID Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Finance (WASH-FIN) program’s experience supporting WASH expenditure tracking in Kenya and Mozambique using the TrackFin (Tracking Finance) method. The Brief describes the TrackFin process and key results, which are presented as National WASH Accounts. It shows how tracking and National WASH Accounts are tools to better assess the sectors’ financing situation and promote dialogue and advocacy for greater sector expenditure to meet SDG goals. The Brief ends with reflections on key methodological challenges and suggestions for institutionalization of the TrackFin process.
TrackFin was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the World Bank as part of the United Nations Water's Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking Water (GLAAS) program, to address gaps in knowledge of financial data in the WASH sector. TrackFin aims to help countries develop national WASH Accounts to track and monitor Capital Expenditure (CapEx), Operation and Maintenance Expenditure (OpEx), and other kinds of expenditures such as support and financial costs from all national and subnational sources using a globally accepted methodology. As of July 2020, TrackFin was being implemented in 21 countries.