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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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    This program addresses the challenge of providing safe water in urban slums by assessing the policy landscape around Small Water Enterprises (SWE), understanding the challenges and key drivers of success and providing tools to support the...
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    The Ahmedabad Sanitation Action Lab develops inclusive solutions to urban sanitation problems in slums and poor settlements of Ahmedabad. The program provides hands-on technical assistance, community engagement, and improves the management process...
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    SPRING/Mali officially launched in December 2014 with the support of Helen Keller International (HKI). USAID/Mali tasked the project with improving the nutritional status of women and children, with a special emphasis on building resilience in the...
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    The Community Water Systems project aims to provide safe drinking water to under-served communities in Bangalore where piped water is not available. Water Health’s award winning water purification system and disinfection technology, combined with...
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    The project aimed to provide safe and effective gender-based violence prevention and water, sanitation and hygiene services, and NFI distributions to internally displaced persons and families in Adamawa State, Nigeria. Its objectives included:...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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 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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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 major part of ENGINE’s technical assistance work was to promote nutrition-sensitive agriculture techniques and livestock management to increase production and consumption of diverse foods (e.g., homestead production of horticultural crops and...
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    The vision of the partnership was to establish a long-term, mutually beneficial academic partnership between the U.S. and Ethiopian institutions to train the next generation of leaders to develop and manage Ethiopia’s water resources in a...
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    Mafraq is a provincial capital of 60,000 people in northern Jordan, about 15 km from the Syrian border. Mafraq’s existing wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), approximately 6 km north of city, utilizes stabilization ponds for wastewater treatment on a...
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    Diarrhea is a major public health problem in Indonesia. The national prevalence of diarrhea is 11 percent, and it is one of the biggest killers of children under five. Multiple studies (eg. Fewtrel L et al., 2005; Curtis, 2003) suggest that hygiene...
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    Efforts are underway to improve nutrition outcomes in Nigeria, including efforts by the Federal Ministry of Health and many Nigerian nongovernmental organizations. Although global trends show a gradual decline in stunting worldwide, Nigeria’s rate...
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    ESMPIN was a USAID-funded nationwide social marketing project focused on 15 priority states in Nigeria, aimed at improving maternal and child health by promoting family planning methods, and child health products. Some diseases like diarrhea,...
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    Since 2001, HtW has been providing health care services in Haiti’s overcrowded, understaffed and under-equipped prison system. A primary focus of this effort is the identification, prevention, and management of infectious diseases, especially HIV/...
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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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    The purpose of IFPRI’s PSSP is to contribute to pro-poor economic growth and food security through strengthened national capacity to design and implement evidence-based policy reforms. The overall goal is to enhance agricultural growth and economic...
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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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    USAID has made substantial contributions to health and nutrition in partnership with the Government of Nepal (GON) and other external development partners. As part of its strategy to strengthen the country’s health and nutrition programs, USAID, in...
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    Mwayi wa Mayo was a five-year Innovation Project (CS-27 cycle) running between I October 2011-31 March 2016. The project was funded by USAID's Child Survival and Health Grant Program (CSHGP), with matching funding from Save the Children, Towers...
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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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    In early 2014 the Mission is investing in the SPRING (Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally) Project. SPRING will focus on averting wasting and stunting among 60,000 children through supporting work in the...
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