“Natural leaders” have played a pivotal role in fostering community-based sanitation improvements in Ghana and elsewhere across West Africa.   Photo credit: USAID/Ghana

How We Work

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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    Providing support to city governments in West Africa to improve and expand water and sanitation services to meet critical needs. Urbanization in West Africa is challenging municipalities’ ability to deliver consistent and quality water and...
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    Southern Africa has significant biodiversity and natural resources, as well as a robust legal framework for natural resource management across borders. However, most countries in the region are water scarce or water stressed. National policies lack...
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    The Water Innovations Technologies (WIT) activity focuses on the conservation of Jordan’s limited water resources through the adoption of proven techniques and the latest available water-saving technologies.
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    Central to the USAID/Afghanistan Plan for Transition Strategy is a focus on improving opportunities for private sector-led economic growth to replace donor assistance and increase Government of Afghanistan (GoA) revenue. The Economic Growth...
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    The Moving India towards Sanitation for All (MISAAL) activity will provide technical support to local governments, focused in the cities of Udaipur, Navsari, Mysuru and Ahmedabad. The technical support will help implement the GOI’s flagship programs...
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    The Water and Development Alliance (WADA) Madagascar project will lead to better health and cleanliness through improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services.  This project will benefit more than 450,000 people in the cities of...
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    Uganda remains one of the world’s poorest countries, with almost a quarter of the population living on less than US $1.25 a day. Economic and human development in Uganda is inhibited by inadequate sanitary conditions at households, schools, and...
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    Rural Access to New Opportunities for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (RANO WASH) is a five-year, $30 million project to improve WASH services in rural Madagascar. RANO WASH is be implemented by a CARE-led consortium that includes Catholic Relief...
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    The USAID/Jordan Water Management Initiative (WMI) (2017-2022) supports the Government of Jordan to address its most pressing water and wastewater management needs while improving sector policy and performance and increasing local capacity. WMI...
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    The democratic system in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is still fragile, even after more than a decade since the country adopted a new constitution. The Integrated Governance Activity (IGA), is helping DRC to create a good governance...
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     The goal of USAID IHP is to strengthen the capacity of Congolese institutions and communities to deliver high-quality, integrated health services that sustainably improve the health status of the Congolese population. The program builds on previous...
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    /*-->*/ /*-->*/ Bangladesh has recently made remarkable improvement in population health outcomes, reducing maternal, infant, and under-five mortality rates. Despite these achievements, however, the health system in Bangladesh struggles to...
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  • Partnership
    CONTEXT The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Gap Inc. share a common interest in improving the health and well-being of the women, families, and communities touched by the global apparel industry through improved water...
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    Firmly grounded in proven practices, Breakthrough ACTION works in partnership with governments, civil society, and communities around the world to implement creative and sustainable SBC programming, nurture SBC champions, mainstream new techniques...
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    The WATSAN project began in December 2017 with the primary goal to reduce the prevalence of cholera and other waterborne diseases by laying foundation for a long-term, sustained effort to increase access to safe drinking water and sanitation in...
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    There has been a great deal of progress in the sanitation and hygiene sector in Ethiopia during the past five years, much of it achieved through the Government’s Health Extension Program, where seven of the 16 components address WASH behaviors at...
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    The Kabul Urban Water Supply (KUWS) Project, implemented by the German Development Bank (KfW) at the request of the Afghan Government, is building the backbone water infrastructure to provide 50 percent of Kabul’s population with pipe-based drinking...
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    The Natural Infrastructure for Water Security (NIWS) project enables the Government of Peru to improve its management of their natural resources to increase water security and provide a sustainable economic future for its citizens, while alo...
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    The purpose of the “SERVIR Amazonia” Activity is to reduce negative impacts of large-scale infrastructure, extractives activities, and climate change on Amazon forests and waters through increased use of geospatial information for improved planning...
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    The USAID Transform Health in Developing Region program is managed by Amref Health Africa in partnership with Project HOPE, Intra Health International and General Electric and funded by USAID. The activity is implemented with the aim of contributing...
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    Transform: Primary Health Care (PHC) works to strengthen Ethiopia’s health system, increase the quality of service delivery across the continuum of care, and improve household and community health practices and health-seeking behaviors. TRANSFORM:...
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    Conduct Hygiene Promotion sessions for affected populations. Construct family latrines at transitional shelters. Conduct assessment of existing water systems and rehab water treatment systems. 1) Support rehabilitation of safe water system 2)...
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    The Strengthening Watershed and Irrigation Management (SWIM) project supports sustainable, agriculture-led economic growth by increasing the sustainable and productive use of water and strengthening water resource management. Specifically, SWIM will...
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    On December 2, 2015, the African Water Association (AfWA) entered into partnership with USAID West Africa by signing the Cooperative Agreement No AID-624-A-1600003. Under this agreement, USAID/West Africa‘s Regional Program commits to invest a sum...
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    The Strengthen PSNP4 Institutions and Resilience [SPIR] Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) implemented by World Vision, CARE and ORDA is aimed to enhance livelihoods, increase resilience to shocks, and improve food security and nutrition for...
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    Food for the Hungry Ethiopia (FHE) has been implementing the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Targeted Response for Agriculture, Income and Nutrition (TRAIN) project in support of the Productive Safety Net Program (...
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    The South Sudan Health Pooled Fund provides hundreds of thousands of citizens, especially women and children, with quality healthcare, delivering services across 80% of South Sudan. They lead a consortium working with the government to strengthen...
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    The USAID-funded Advancing Adolescent Health (A2H) project was a three-year program (2016-2019) designed to improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) and family planning knowledge, access, and use of related services for married and...
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    Assainissement – Changement de Comportement et Eau pour le Senegal (ACCES) is a 5-year, $22 million program awarded to Natural Resources Consulting Engineers (NRCE) in 2016 to achieve improvements in nutrition through investments in water,...
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  • Central Program
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    The objective of this activity is to empower citizens to identify and address their development needs by defining and implementing community development plans. The goal is to support at least 200 communities in Guatemala’s Western Highlands using a...
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  • Central Program
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  • Central Program
    WASH-FIN CONTEXT Closing financing gaps to achieve universal access to water and sanitation services through sustainable and creditworthy business models, increased public funding and expanded market finance for infrastructure investment. Globally,...
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    This activity will improve urban Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector performance through incubation and acceleration of innovative solutions, technologies, programs and service delivery models within a collaborative framework.  To achieve...
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    This project will develop and promote a Hygiene Index (HI) that will serve as monitoring tool for the hygiene and sanitation performance of cities. The index will reveal how targeted interventions over the years have led to improvement in the...
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    The USAID Indonesia Urban Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Penyehatan, Lingkungan untuk Semua (IUWASH PLUS) project is a five-year, $39.6 million initiative designed to assist the Government of Indonesia (GOI) in increasing access to water supply and...
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    This project focuses on 60 government schools in urban slums to promote sanitation and effective use and ownership of WASH infrastructure in schools. This activity contributes to the national Swachh Bharat: Swachh Vidyalaya (Clean India: Clean...
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    The Suaahara II project in Nepal, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), builds on the success of the Suaahara I project. The project’s goal is to improve the nutritional status of more than 1.5 million women and children...
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    Tanzania’s health, economy, and food security depend on sustainably managed water resources. However, water scarcity challenges are growing along with the impacts of climate change, while reliable access to safe drinking water and sanitation...
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  • Protect Wildlife (Protect)
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    The Protect Wildlife activity supports initiatives to align conservation policy with on-the-ground wildlife management actions and enforcement. The activity works in target landscapes to reduce threats to biodiversity, reduce poaching and use of...
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