“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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    KAVES aims to improve economic stability and food security by improving nutritional outcomes, providing WASH training, reducing chronic under-nutrition, building and diversifying sustainable value chains, and increasing productivity and incomes of...
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    The Multi-Input Area Development—Global Development Alliance (MIAD-GDA) is a partnership between USAID and the Aga Khan Development Network to improve the quality of life in Afghanistan's Badakhshan Province by strengthening health, education,...
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    Resilience and Economic Growth in Arid Lands – Accelerated Growth is a five-year activity that increases economic growth in rural communities in Kenya by building a more inclusive and competitive livestock value chain. It encourages growth by...
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    Sikasso Region is one of the most affected regions by malnutrition in Mali. According to the Standardized Monitoring and Assessment of Relief and Transitions Survey in 2016, 30.2 percent of children under 5 years of age are stunted. Causes of...
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    Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP) for Pakistan is working to sustainably increase agricultural productivity and incomes in the agricultural sector through the promotion and dissemination of modern technologies/practices in the livestock,...
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    Building on over 10 years of SWIFT II and III experience in Sudan and now South Sudan, AECOM provides the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with a fast and flexible mechanism for responding to the complex and fluid political...
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    Agricultural productivity in Haiti has systematically declined in the last three decades. A shift to annual cropping on steep slopes has caused erosion and exacerbated flooding that affects the slopes, as well as the productive plain areas. The...
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    Following repeated large-scale humanitarian emergencies in the Sahel, USAID recognized that continuing to treat these recurrent crises as acute emergencies is extremely costly and does not effectively address their underlying causes. Thus, USAID’s...
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    Water scarcity is an issue affecting all walks of life in Jordan, and requires modern, practical solutions across a number of sectors. Strategic changes are needed in the agricultural sector in particular, which consumes 65% of Jordan’s water supply...
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    Amharic, the official language in Ethiopia, has a 231-letter alphabet, making it one of the most difficult languages to read and write. The east African country has a population approaching 90 million and has one of the lowest literacy rates in the...
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    The Water Security for Resilient Economic Growth and Stability (Be Secure) Project in the Philippines is a four-year activity that seeks to promote good governance and build capacity for long-term water security, improve access to water and...
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    The WASHplus project supports healthy households and communities by creating and delivering interventions that lead to significant improvements in access, practices, and health outcomes related to water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and...
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     This PEER Science project considers Andean headwaters, particularly páramos and puna wetlands, as socialecological systems (SESs) in which coupled natural and human processes like drought, flooding, water use and impoundment in reservoirs for...
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    Malnutrition among pregnant women and children less than two years old is a major public health concern in Bangladesh. In order to improve the maternal diet practice and to reduce under-nutrition among children less than two years old, the SHIKHA...
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    The KISAN project, part of USAID’s global Feed the Future (FTF) initiative, is a $20 million five-year program working to advance food security objectives by increasing agricultural productivity. Nepal was one of 19 countries chosen for the...
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    The Gomal Zam Irrigation Project is working to provide flood control and a year-round supply of irrigation water in the Tank and Dera Ismail Khan (D.I.Khan) Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Through this project, USAID is funding the...
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    In Asia and the Pacific, widespread migration to urban centers is placing tremendous stress on urban water and sanitation services. Across Asian cities, 340 million people lack access to safe water supply and more than 680 million do not have...
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    SUWASA was a regional initiative to foster the transformation of water and sanitation delivery services in Africa to achieve their long-term financial sustainability through the application of market-based principles. SUWASA was designed to spread...
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    Sustainable Water and Sanitation in Africa (SUWASA) is a regional initiative of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), implemented by Tetra Tech, with a mission of fostering the transformation of water and sanitation delivery services...
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    Services de Santé de Qualité pour Haïti (SSQH) is a three-year, $95 million project funded by USAID/Haiti whose objectives are to improve the health of the Haitian population by increasing the quality of primary health care services, health referral...
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    Climate change has negatively impacted water resources and ecosystems in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. In Peru and Colombia, rising temperatures and extreme hydrologic events such as prolonged drought and heavy flooding put...
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    Despite massive infrastructure investments, nearly millions of citizens in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region lack adequate access to potable water. Wastewater management in some areas is markedly worse. Once water-balanced MENA...
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    Started in 1983, the Small Project Assistance (SPA) Program represents the largest and longest-running partnership between United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Peace Corps. Since 2000, nearly $44 million in USAID funds...
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    Started in 1983, the Small Project Assistance (SPA) Program represents the largest and longest-running partnership between United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Peace Corps. Since 2000, nearly $44 million in USAID funds...
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    NHSDP is the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Bangladesh’s largest health initiative; this flagship project is the latest in a series of programs going back to at least 1998 that have sought to improve the ability of local...
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    The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has traditionally operated in a highly centralized manner, with limited authorities delegated to the subnational levels. But in 2006, the new constitution made several profound institutional reforms based...
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    Not only is infrastructure development in the West Bank being performed in a constantly evolving, highly politicized environment, but since assuming limited self-rule over portions of the West Bank and Gaza in 1993, the Palestinian Authority (PA)...
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    The objective of LGP is to enhance USAID’s assistance to the Government of Tajikistan in implementation of its 2009 Law “On Self-Government Bodies in Towns and Villages”. On the subnational level, the project aims to improve local government’s...
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    Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare is a partnership between Moi University School of Medicine, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, and a consortium of U.S. medical schools led by Indiana University. It was established in 2001 as a...
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    Funzo Kenya supports the Government of Kenya’s efforts to make dramatic changes to its health worker education and training systems. “Funzo” means training in Kiswahili. The activity works across the public and private sectors to strengthen pre-...
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    The project’s overall goal is to reduce food and nutrition insecurity for the most vulnerable rural families in targeted regions. To achieve the goal, PAISANO aims to increase household access to food, reduce malnutrition among girls and boys under...
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    The focus of the project was to increase awareness of and engagement with the community and this focus saw new milestones in delivering sustainable health impact across the 6 health areas namely: HIV prevention, malaria, family planning, maternal...
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    Financial Inclusion for Rural Microenterprises (FIRM) is a financial services activity that works in agriculture, clean/renewable energy and policy reform. FIRM facilitates the expansion of financial services and investment for entrepreneurs and...
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    The Pastoralist Areas Resilience Improvement and Market Expansion (PRIME) project, funded under the United States government’s Feed the Future initiative, was launched in October 2012 in one of the most shock-prone areas of the world, the drylands...
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    Located in Central Asia, Tajikistan is a post-conflict, post-Soviet country with significant food security needs: 10.4 percent of the population in the Feed the Future target region lives on less than $1.25 a day, and many women and children are...
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    The Resiliency through Wealth, Agriculture, and Nutrition (RWANU) project is designed to reduce food insecurity among vulnerable people in South Karamoja, Uganda. RWANU means “future” in NgaKarimojong. This five-year, Development Food Aid Program is...
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    The 1.2 million inhabitants of the Karamoja sub-region of northeastern Uganda face a slow crisis produced by the breakdown of their traditional agro-pastoralist livelihood strategy, repeated climactic shocks and ongoing insecurity from cattle...
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    The Satpara Development Project is constructing on-farm irrigation systems on 15,500 acres downstream from the Satpara Dam in Gilgit-Baltistan. The project is improving the supply of irrigation water by lining the primary, secondary, and tertiary...
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    Through USAID/ PEPFAR, “Turengere Abana Program “ let us protect the children Program; FXB Rwanda received a grant to support vulnerable households permanently escape poverty by providing a comprehensive package of support, helping households and...
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    AIDS, Population and Health Integrated Assistance Plus IMARISHA (Integrated Marginal Arid Regions Innovative Socialized Health Approach) is a five-year activity designed to sustainably improve the health of communities in the Northern Arid Lands of...
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    USAID/Kenya supported an integrated service delivery model to improve the health of Kenyans in all 47 counties. AIDS, Population and Health Integrated Assistance Program, also known as APHIAplus, Health Communications and Marketing used social...
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    From June 2012 to December 2017, the USAID-funded Resilience in the Limpopo Basin Program (RESILIM) contributed to significant advances in water management, biodiversity, and climate change adaptation across an area of Southern Africa as large as...
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    SEGAMIL is a USAID Food for Peace program that focuses on reducing chronic malnutrition rates in eight municipalities in the departments of Totonicapan and San Marcos. The program addresses food utilization, access, and availability in vulnerable...
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    Water Access Sanitation and Hygiene for the Urban Poor (WASH-UP), funded by USAID, helped to improve availability and access to water and sanitation services in three slum communities of Accra and two slum communities in the urban area of Sekondi-...
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    The water sector in Lebanon suffers from deficiencies in water storage, supply, and treatment facilities, in addition to ineffective water management practices. Most of the existing facilities and networks, notably for potable water, are aging,...
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    The goal of the Marketing Innovations for Health (MIH) Project, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is to “Contribute to sustained improvements of the health status of women and children in Bangladesh by increasing...
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    In spite of its mountainous Himalayan terrain and high rates of poverty, Nepal has experienced two decades of steady improvement in health and emerged as one of the few countries to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to reduce child and...
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    The SHOPS project was designed to enhance the effectiveness of the private sector as a sustainable approach to providing quality health services, especially in the critical areas of family planning and reproductive health, MCH, and HIV and AIDS....
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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 goal of Nutri-Salud is to improve health and nutritional status of Guatemala’s rural and indigenous populations. Nutri-Salud’s target population are the 30 municipalities (pop. 1.2 to 1.5 million) in five departments (six Health Areas) in the...
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    NU-HITES was envisioned to serve as USAID’s key partner to support improvements for a health system able to meet the health needs of the northern Uganda population. As the north continues its transition from post-conflict to a more stable...
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    In Bangladesh, nearly all rural families burn solid fuels for cooking, primarily over very basic mud stoves, resulting in significant smoke exposure, which is closely associated with respiratory illness and premature death, and the release of...
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    The objective of the Rwanda Family Health Project (FHP) is to increase the use of district-level facility and community-based family health (FH) services. For the purpose of this activity, “family health” includes an integrated package of services...
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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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    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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    Despite significant improvements in undernutrition in Bangladesh in recent years, stunting remains at the high rate of 36 percent. A wide range of efforts is underway by the Government of Bangladesh (GOB) and other stakeholders to improve nutrition...
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    The Kenya Arid Lands Disaster Risk Reduction Water Sanitation and Hygiene activity worked to increase access to clean water and improve sanitation and hygiene in Kenya’s arid lands to more than 160, 000 vulnerable people. The activity was part of a...
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    Indonesia is located at the epicenter of the Coral Triangle – an area of outstanding marine biodiversity including the waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. In 2007, then Indonesian...
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    The goal of the Irrigation and Watershed Management Program (IWMP) is to expand and enhance Afghan government and community-level capacity to manage water resources to improve agricultural production and productivity. The five-year, $130 million...
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    ISDP aims to provide support for creating sustainable, strong health care facilities in Ezo, and Yambio counties that will improve quality of services and access, especially for women and children.
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