Ethiopia | Climate-Resilient WASH

Residents of Wita, Ethiopia, come together to help lay new water pipes for their community to improve household water access.

Activity Description

Climate-Resilient WASH builds on prior investments in supporting sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services in the pastoral regions of Ethiopia, and serves as USAID’s flagship WASH investment in the lowlands. The Activity aims to accelerate the expansion and sustainability of climate-resilient water services and the adoption of key hygiene and sanitation practices.

Activity Objectives

  • Professionalization and expansion of climate-resilient water services
  • Increased sustainable access to and use of sanitation and hygiene products and services, including for menstrual health and hygiene
  • Improved gender power dynamics
  • Strengthened the enabling environment for climate-resilient water and sanitation services

USAID’s prior investments ($37 million) demonstrate the Agency’s commitment to supporting sustainable WASH services in the pastoral regions of Ethiopia, including through two major El Niño drought events. First through WASH Transformation for Enhanced Resiliency (WaTER) and subsequently USAID Lowland WASH, USAID has worked with regional governments and other partners to expand WASH services and simultaneously promote water resources management in the lowlands of the Afar, Oromia, Somali, and South Omo. 

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