Costing tools


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To assist countries in the use of costing tools, several international development partners (including NORAD, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNDP, WHO, World Bank, USAID through the Health Systems 20/20 and BASICS Projects, and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health/PMNCH) conducted a review of 13 costing tools relevant to the health MDGs.

This website includes the following components:

  • Background to the costing tools review
  • Outcomes of a Technical Consultation that was held in Senegal on 8-10 January 2008 with users and developers of the tools
  • Information regarding a technical review of the tools that is being conducted
  • Information about each costing tool included in the review
    • Tool description
    • Links to the tool
    • Links to user manuals and technical documentation
    • Contact information for developers/focal points

Interactive Costing Tool Guide

The goal of this Costing Tool Guide is to help you select an appropriate costing and resource planning tool for estimating the costs of specific health actions that may inform your planning, programming and budgeting processes. The Guide will lead you through a series of questions to help you narrow down the choice of available costing and resource planning tools. Some tools focus on one particular MDG while others are more cross-cutting. The Guide will help you understand what tools are available and provide resources for you to get more detailed information and guidance related to the tools.

For questions on the costing tools review and website, please contact Suggestion on how to strengthen the website, including suggestions for information to add, are very welcome. For questions on separate individual costing tools, please contact the tool developers and focal points. Their names and contact information can be found under each tool, which you can access by clicking on the links to the right.

User Survey for the Inter-active Costing Tool Guide

Early results of a user survey show that most found the tool practical and helpful, and 65% have recommended it. The highest users were: NGOs (28%), academics (22%) and national governments (19%) with their main intent to cost a national or district plan. Users may still complete the User Survey.

Illustration credit: WHO, Health and Environment Linkages Initiative website/Rob Barnes 2004