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2022-2027 U.S. Global Water Strategy

  Overview What is USAID’s commitment? USAID’s Action Research Initiative in support of the U.S. Global Water Strategy (the Initiative) is a flagship investment in generating evidence that will drive improvements in the effectiveness of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and water…
An Unlikely Pair? Commercial Finance Partnerships for Water and Sanitation
In this webinar, USAID’s WASH-FIN will share its experience and lessons from its multi-year programming in Cambodia, Kenya, the Philippines, Senegal, and Zambia to discuss where commercial finance can play an important role in closing sector financing gaps. Representatives from USAID/Washington,…
Participants included representatives from water and sanitation utilities, government, finance institutions, private sector solar providers and development partners Photo credit: TetraTech/USAID
Participants included representatives from water and sanitation utilities, government, finance institutions, private sector solar providers and development partners. Photo credit: TetraTech/USAID Solar technology can transform the water sector in East Africa by increasing access to and…
WASH Needs Index Data Visualization
The Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2014 establishes the requirement to develop a WASH Needs Index. The WASH Needs Index provides a foundational input into the process of prioritizing Water for the World High-Priority Countries, in addition to identifying countries requiring congressional…


A Billion Dollar Loan Fund, and the Path to Better-run Water Utilities

As of 2020, Vietnam had the highest levels of rural water coverage among any country of comparable economic level, with coverage equivalent to countries with two to three times its per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP). We were curious: what was the contribution to this success by the billion dollar Asian Development Bank Water Sector Investment Fund (“the Fund”)?

To answer this question, we invited Hubert Jenny, formerly of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and now consulting for UNICEF, for a conversation on the REAL-Water podcast (available on Anchor, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts, among other platforms).

Continue reading on USAID Medium.


Members of the Water Users Association supported by USAID/TerresEauVie pose for a picture with their hands raised; women are well represented in the group.

In rural Burkina Faso, most people get their drinking water through boreholes, a narrow vertical shaft drilled into the ground. Women and girls are traditionally responsible for fetching water, often traveling for miles several times a week. When they reach their destination, they sometimes face broken or polluted water sources, which can harm their entire household. 

As the primary users, women also serve as the managers and guardians of these waterpoints. They are the first to spot problems such as malfunctioning pumps or when users break hygiene rules. Unfortunately, women are not well represented in Water Users Associations, which are responsible for collecting contributions, ensuring sanitary usage, and repairs and maintenance. Read the full story on USAID in The Sahel Exposure page.

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Providing safe, reliable water supply to rural populations is among the most difficult challenges of international development. Water represents a fundamental human health need as well as a critical factor for maintaining household hygiene, enabling food production, and supporting the industries that allow societies to flourish. Read the full article on Medium to learn how USAID is helping accelerate and sustain the provision of safe water to rural populations.


By the REAL Water Team

As we enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, many national and local governments are turning to a surprising source of data to track the latest surge of the virus: pathogens in the wastewater in their sewage systems.

This approach has long been used to help monitor the spread of diseases such as polio and typhoid, notes Joe Brown, an associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and principal investigator of the Maputo Sanitation (MapSan) trial.

“For about 100 years, we’ve been looking for pathogens in wastewater as a way of informing public health response,” he says. “And the data can complement clinical data in a variety of ways — for example, to generate data on infections that are primarily asymptomatic and therefore may be underestimated in other health surveillance.”

COVID-19 often goes undetected because it leads to mild or no symptoms in many people, and thus can spread quickly. The rise of the highly contagious Omicron variant has swamped testing resources in countries throughout the world, widening the gap between reported and actual cases. Read the full article to learn more. 

By the Global Waters Communication and Knowledge Management Activity supported by USAID’s RFS Center for Water Security, Sanitation, and Hygiene


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