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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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    Support to International Fund to Save the Aral Sea - Analysis of Socio-Economic Dimension of Regional Trans-Boundry Water/Energy Coordination USAID partnered with the Executive Committee for the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea to develop...
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    Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel - Enhanced Resilience
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    The West Africa Water Initiative (WAWI) works with communities and governments in Ghana, Mali, and Niger:  1) To increase the access to sustainable, safe water and environmental sanitation for poor and vulnerable communities in rural and peri-urban...
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    To respond to the El Niño drought crisis in Mozambique, and support the goals of the PEPFAR program, USAID/Mozambique is funding the expansion of drought and flood resilient water supply systems to communities and health facilities in 14 heavily...
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    USAID implemented the Pakistan Safe Drinking Water and Hygiene Promotion Project (PSDW-HPP) as part of its goal to improve basic health services for the Pakistani population. The four-year project (2006–2010) was designed to increase the...
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    Latest! 18 September 2018: USAID commits more funds to SWA partnership. Read the full announcement here.   Sanitation and Water for All (SWA)  is a global partnership of country governments, private sector and civil society organizations, external...
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    The Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) conducts research and distributes information on climate and weather patterns, water management, market systems and agricultural statistics, and implements early-warning...
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    The Global Handwashing Partnership is a coalition that brings together the expertise, experience, ideas, resources, and reach of the public and private sectors around the world to promote handwashing with soap. We recognize hygiene as a pillar of...
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    The goal of this 10-year initiative was to provide global leadership in integrated coastal management (ICM) in biologically significant areas through a participatory, issue-driven and results-oriented process that: Promoted the sustainable use of...
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    The Environmental Services Program (ESP) was a sixty-four month program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented under the leadership of Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI). ESP works with government...
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    Employing good governance initiatives, sustainable livelihoods enterprises, capacity development, low-impact aquaculture ventures, and responsible conservation and management of near-shore fisheries and marine areas, SUCCESS pursued its objectives...
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    The Water and Development Alliance (WADA) is a collaboration between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Coca-Cola Company and its Foundations, managed by the Global Environment & Technology Foundation, to promote...
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    The TWB-MRB project was a collaborative effort between Florida International University (FIU), WWF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Programme Office (WWF-ESARPO), World Vision International, CARE Tanzania, and the Mara River Water Resource Users...
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    In response to the influx of Syrian refugees,USAID built on previous projects' previous success through a complex crisis fund-supported cost extension from May 2013 to October 2015. To this effect, CBIWDM II came to life to reduce the social and...
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    Corruption remains the bane of good governance in Nigeria. Poor governance has impoverished the Nigerian masses, created a gulf between the haves and have-nots, and completely eroded the provision of basic social services including education,...
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    From 2008 - 2014, the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) worked in more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean to improve the health of women and their families. USAID’s flagship maternal and child...
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    USAID's Commercialization of Afghanistan Water and Sanitation Activity (CAWSA) program was designed to develop a viable commercial business model for urban water and sanitation service delivery in Afghanistan. The project worked with local units of...
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    USAID’s program focused on birth preparedness and maternity services, newborn care and treatment, treatment of child illnesses, health systems strengthening, and household water, sanitation, and hygiene improvement. As new programs are currently...
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    In Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), socioeconomic development has been inhibited by a lack of development funds. In addition, worsening insecurity in the region is contributing to the gap in development between FATA and the...
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    The project started in 2008 with a focus on improving health service delivery in the counties of Bong, Nimba, Lofa, River Gee and Grand Cape Mount. In 2011, RBHS shifted from its original focus to capacity building of the MOHSW and County Health...
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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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    Nigeria accounts for only two percent of the world’s population, but contributes about 10% of global infant, child, and maternal mortality. Every year, about one million children who are under five years old die and some 33,000 women die of...
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    The southern Africa countries of Angola, Namibia, and Botswana suffer from frequent floods and debilitating droughts, and too many people live in extreme poverty and have limited access to adequate water and sanitation services. The USAID Southern...
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    MAWRED's activity objective was to support regional policy makers in current and future water and agriculture resource planning. NASA worked closely with ICBA as a regional institution, providing tools and training to ICBA’s staff on the use of NASA...
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    In 2007 and 2008, Ethiopia was described by the World Food Program (WFP) as a global hunger “hot spot,” where the food insecurity emergency had put the wellbeing of more than 12 million people at risk. At that time, it was estimated that 6.4 million...
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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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    Goal RANO-HP was active from October 2009 to June 2013 and was implemented by a consortium led by Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The activity was designed to increase sustainable access to safe water supply, improve sanitation coverage, and expand...
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    Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is generally a challenge in Ethiopia with coverage levels amongst the lowest in the world. USAID helped support the Alternative Basic Education (ABE) program to reach children with education through its project “...
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    Ensuring long-term sustainability of water and sanitation infrastructure interventions has long been a challenge in rural communities in Ghana. For years, significant investments in water and sanitation infrastructure have rarely translated to...
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    Awarded in 2009, the Integrated Safe Motherhood, Newborn Care, and Family Planning Project (MaMoni) was an associate award under USAID’s global flagship maternal, newborn, and child health program, MCHIP. MaMoni works in the Habiganj and Sylhet...
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    When the IBEC project was developed, Cambodia’s education system was affected by a weak publicsector service-delivery system, nominal teacher capacity, lack of adequate school facilities, poor governance, and lack of quality teaching and learning...
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    AESP provided architectural and engineering services for USAID in various sectors, including water and sanitation, and energy. This seven-year program, valued at $97 million, ran from November 2009 to November 2016. The program initiated over 250...
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    Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Malawi began implementation of the Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement (WALA) program in July 2009, with an ending date of June 2014. This five-year USAID-funded PL480 Title II program is through Food for...
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    The LWWSS was designed to continue the USAID commitment to improve water supply and sanitation services for the people of Lebanon. The predecessor Lebanon Water Policy Program (LWPP) reflected a bold action by USAID to work directly with the...
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    BAP is the third phase of a 10-year agricultural development project that evolved through a pilot phase focused on community development and food security, to a second phase focused on increasing surpluses and connecting farmers to markets, to a...
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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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    Incentives Driving Economic Alternatives – North, East, West (IDEA-NEW) is a USAID project that began in March 2009 and was completed in 2015. This project continued USAID’s efforts to provide agricultural incentives and economic alternatives for...
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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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    In order to meet Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5, the government of Ghana prioritized increasing the number of midwives to ensure that all births are attended by skilled providers. To meet this objective, the government opened 15 more...
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