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USAID Water Activities

USAID continues to develop new approaches to meet global water challenges. The Agency is actively engaged with partners in securing new sources of finance for WASH; establishing systems-based approaches to strengthen service delivery; and conducting rigorous monitoring, evaluation, and learning to ensure the sustainability of its investments.

Detailed information on USAID’s water partnerships, centrally managed programs, and Water and Development Initiative mechanisms can be found in this section, including scopes of activities, technical areas of expertise, and products ranging from reports to videos. 

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    Contaminated water is a leading cause of diarrheal disease and child mortality in Zambia, where only 64% of the population has access to safe drinking water sources. Among children under five, 21% have had diarrhea in the past two weeks, regardless...
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    The Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ), through the Ministry of Health (MOH), has committed to achieving Millennium Development Goal targets by improving the quality of health care services and providing greater and equitable access to...
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    The Zambia Integrated Systems Strengthening Program (ZISSP) was a four-and-a-half year USAID-funded, Abt Associates-led project which increased the use of quality, high-impact health services through a health systems strengthening approach in Zambia...
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    SPLASH’s overall objective was to improve learning outcomes among students in the 495 schools reached by the program. However, since funding came from the “Paul Simon Water for The Poor Act” earmark, SPLASH was also expected to respond to the key...
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    Zambian smallholder agriculture is dominated by a single crop, maize, and characterized be little private sector investment. CASH works with over 5,000 smallholder horticulture producers and processers in Eastern and Lusaka provinces to increase...
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    A combination of low productivity, maizecentric farming, and poor value chain development for diversified crops has resulted in stagnated agricultural growth in Zambia. PROFIT+ builds on previous USAID-funded activities by connecting agricultural...
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    Zambia has a largely rural population of 13.1 million, of whom 45% are below the age of 15. Although the population is relatively small, it is geographically scattered, making delivery of equitable and accessible health services and products,...
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    The Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) is a multilateral partnership founded on the commitment of the six Coral Triangle countries to safeguard coastal and marine resources and communities. Despite increased investment and efforts by governments and...
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    USAID funded the Coral Triangle Support Partnership (CTSP) as a platform from which the combined experience and technical depth of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Conservation International (CI) could be brought to...
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    In West Africa, an estimated 1.5 million tons of fish are harvested annually from the region’s waters, with a gross retail value of US$1.5 billion. In The Gambia and Senegal artisanal fisheries make up a majority of the fisheries landings and...
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    STEWARD III was a forest conservation and sustainable livelihoods project working in trans-boundary priority zones in the Upper Guinean Forest ecosystem, occurring in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Côte d’Ivoire. It was the third iteration of...
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    CILSS conducts research and distributes information on climate and weather patterns, water management, market systems and agricultural statistics, and implements early-warning systems for ecological events that affect farmers. Through these...
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    The PREPARED Project was a five year initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to strengthen the resilience and sustainability of East Africa economies, transboundary and freshwater ecosystems and...
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    USAID has supported the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Health in its development of the public health sector since the ministry was established in 1994. Recognizing the ministry’s commitment to creating a successful, integrated health sector,...
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    The Litani River Basin suffers the fate of many river basins around the world: increasing demands compete for limited natural resources. Groundwater over-exploitation, deforestation and overgrazing, unplanned urban sprawl, untreated wastewater...
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    The five-year IHP supported the DRC’s National Health Development Plan (Plan National de Développement Sanitaire (PNDS), MSP, 2011–2015). The IHP’s main goal was to improve the enabling environment for and increase the availability and use of high-...
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    USAID funded C-Change to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of social and behavior change communication (SBCC) across development sectors. C-Change was implemented the achieve the following objectives: Scale up best practices in SBCC...
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    The RISE program sought to reduce food insecurity among vulnerable families in North Kivu. The program was based on three key strategic objectives: Diversified production and increased incomes for small farmers; Improved nutritional status of...
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    The objective of the Tuendelee Pamoja program was to improve food security among vulnerable families in two ways: by improving socio-economic conditions, and by improving the health and nutrition of individuals, women, and young children. Specific...
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    Ranked 186th out of 187 countries in the UNDP’s 2013 Human Development Index, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) faces critical challenges that affect its capacity to ensure a peaceful and sustainable living for its inhabitants. While...
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