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FY 2021: Global Water and Development Report

 
 
 
 
 
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USAID Water 2022 Year in Review
Nearly a decade after the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2014 was signed into law, USAID continues to increase access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene services and facilitate sound water resources management each year. In 2022, the U.S. government doubled down on its commitment…
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Context Water insecurity - including lack of access to drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene products and services - disproportionately impacts those who are poor and who face social, political, or legal discrimination. However, investments in equitable water security, water resource allocation…
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…

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New Data on the Horizon
Jeff Goldberg, Director of USAID’s Center for Water Security, Sanitation, and Hygiene, and Christine Gottschalk, Director of USAID’s Center for Resilience, attend the SWOT launch at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Photo credit: Jeff Goldberg, USAID On December 15, the National Aeronautics and Space Agency’s (NASA) U.S.-European Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission launched a satellite that will map the Earth’s surface water at an unprecedented level of detail. The SWOT satellite will provide new and essential information to decision-makers and communities who need to track water in their local areas to better prepare for climate change. SWOT will circle the globe every 21 days and will, for the first time ever, provide data on how water flows into and out of over 90% of the world’s freshwater bodies. The satellite launch is the culmination of fifteen years of partnership between NASA, the French space agency Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES), and…
Uncovering the Value of WASH Research through Partnership
Most of us are familiar with the pattern of doing research, disseminating findings, and hoping for uptake into policy and practice. If the research partners don’t involve potential evidence users early on in the process, however, most outputs end up not being used effectively, or at all.  In a session at 2022 World Water Week, USAID shared their new and focused approach for promoting stronger engagement between research teams and WASH implementation programs. USAID’s Action Research Initiative encourages sector-wide collaboration so that research feeds directly into implementation. It also increases the effectiveness and impact of WASH investments by positioning them within a strategic package. The first iteration of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Partnerships and Learning for Sustainability (WASHPaLS) research program, implemented from 2016 to 2021, provided an example of building partnerships between researchers, government agencies, and UNICEF.  These partners worked…
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 availability of water. Solar can also reduce dependency on fossil fuels and boost the sector’s resilience to climate change. This is especially relevant now when the region faces unprecedented drought and the resulting food and water insecurity. To increase the use of solar power in East Africa’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) sector, USAID hosted a two-day symposium to promote collaboration and learning amongst key stakeholders in the sector between 1-2 November. The Kenya WASH Solar Symposium, which was co-hosted with the National Treasury; Ministry of Water, Sanitation, and Irrigation; Strathmore University; and GIZ in Nairobi, brought together over 200 participants representing government,…
USAID PREPAREs for Climate Resilience
At COP26, USAID launched and committed a whole-of-government approach, the President’s Emergency Plan for Adaptation and Resilience (PREPARE), to support more than half a billion people to adapt to and manage the impacts of climate change through locally-led development by 2030. COP 27 provides an important moment to reflect on the action USAID has taken to advance its COP26 commitment in its first year, including supporting the mobilization of $1 billion in climate-resilient water and sanitation services by 2030.  Over the past year, USAID has worked with partner governments and service providers in local contexts to: 
 

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