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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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    Senegal’s fisheries play a critical role in food security, livelihoods, and local and national economic growth. Fisheries products constitute 12.3 % of export earnings and 1.3 percent of Senegal’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) (not including post-...
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    Improving the health of the Senegalese population is a priority Development Objective (DO) of the United States Agency for International Development in Senegal (USAID/Senegal). In order to achieve this objective, USAID/Senegal continues to build...
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    Improving the health of the Senegalese population is a priority Development Objective (DO) of the United States Agency for International Development in Senegal (USAID/Senegal). In order to achieve this objective, USAID/Senegal continues to build...
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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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    The five-year, $39 million Hariyo Ban project falls under the U.S. Government’s Global Climate Change Initiative, and is designed to reduce threats to the country’s ecosystems through interventions in two critical bio-diverse areas covering over a...
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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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    Su-SWASTHA operates in the Mid-Western Region where socio-economic development lags far behind. In 2009, there was an extensive cholera epidemic in the Mid- and Far Western Regions which claimed the lives of more than 300 people and drew attention...
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    CDM Smith (via their subsidiary CDM Constructors Inc.) was contracted by USAID/Tanzania (on an A&E IQC) to provide engineering services for the Technical Assistance to Support the Development of Irrigation and Rural Roads Infrastructure Project...
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    The Support for Service Delivery Integration (SSDI)-Communication project was a five year (2011-2016) USAID-funded social and behavior change communication (SBCC) project that worked with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and other stakeholders in Malawi...
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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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    The primary goal of the Rwanda Integrated Water Security Program (RIWSP) is to improve the sustainable management of water quantity and quality to positively impact human health, food security, and resiliency to climate change for vulnerable...
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    This project aims to strengthen community awareness and resilience to the impacts of global climate changes that negatively affect livelihoods in rural areas.
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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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    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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    IWASH facilitates accelerated achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related to water and sanitation, in February 2010. The IWASH program goal is “to make measurable improvements in water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), as...
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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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    The USAID Regional Management of Aquatic Resources and Economic Alternatives (MAREA) program worked to gain acceptance of the ban by bringing together officials from environmental and fishing agencies of the Central American countries along with...
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    The Regional Partnership for Culture and Development (RPCD) was a three-year, $7.2 million program funded by USAID/Egypt’s Office of Middle East Programs (OMEP).The goal of the program was to gather and disseminate information that will improve...
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    USAID and the Government of Jordan (GoJ) worked together to protect and conserve scarce resources through WRECP. The project supported the preservation of the environment, training on pollution prevention and environmental management, rehabilitation...
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    Jordan is one of the most water-scarce countries in the world. Rapid population growth coupled with economic development needs places huge strain on already limited water supplies. The added burden of a large refugee influx has caused water demand...
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    With the objective of improving how water resources are utilized and wastewater facilities are managed over the next 25 years, the Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Project (WIP) responded to dire improvements needed in the water sector. The...
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    The Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Project improved food security and nutrition, and raises incomes for more than 200,000 smallholder farmers. The project helped farmers grow more and better quality fruits, vegetables, and flowers, with a...
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    Devastated by a 14-year civil war, the Liberian government established a peace accord and transition toward a democratic government in 2003. The nation has now undergone five years of peace building and reconstruction, investing in roads, schools,...
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    Urban areas across Indonesia have reached a critical juncture. Despite high levels of economic growth, access to basic services such as water supply and sanitation services are exceptionally low, especially for the urban poor. Only 37 percent of...
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    Indonesia is home to some of the world’s largest tropical rainforests and peatlands. Their stature is such that they are often referred to as the “lungs of the world.” These areas sustain rich biodiversity and are the habitat of many keystone...
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    Hati Kami, an urban health project located in the West Jakarta Municipality of Jakarta Province in Indonesia, was a four-year Innovation Child Survival and Health Grants Project (CSHGP). The project, whose name means “Our hearts”, was designed to...
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    The Community Livelihoods Project (CLP) was a multi-sectoral project in Yemen funded by USAID. CLP commenced implementation in July 2010 and has carried out interventions in the areas of health, education and agriculture. The agriculture program, a...
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    RGP was designed to strengthen government institutions at the national and local levels to help them improve the delivery of public services while encouraging more citizen participation in the political process. The program is also intended to...
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    Three decades of war and civil unrest have wreaked havoc on both Afghanistan‟s environment and the lives of its people. Since over 80 percent of the population live in rural areas and depend economically on the country‟s natural resource base,...
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    The SDS Program encompassed four core objectives to improve sustainability of decentralized service delivery by the Government of Uganda. Through its objectives, SDS worked to improve the capabilities of district local governments, so that district...
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    In Uganda, WASHplus worked in the districts of Kisoro, Kabale, and Kanungu to strengthen the capacity of USAID implementing partners—SPRING, Community Connector, STAR-SW, among others—to integrate WASH into both nutrition and HIV activities. In...
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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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    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 food security situation in Senegal in 2013, illustrated by the Global Hunger Index (GHI) score of 13.8, was characterized by the International Food Policy Institute (IFPRI) as “serious.” 2 This situation is all the more serious in that, at 13.7...
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    Since June 2010, Save the Children has been implementing the USAID-supported Title II PL480 Multi-Year Assistance Program in Bangladesh, “Nobo Jibon.” The program is designed “to reduce food insecurity and vulnerability for 191,000 direct...
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    The food security situation in the targeted area of Bangladesh was critical at the point of project inception in 2010. Despite real wage growth in the previous five years leading to program initiation, a high rate of households, 31.5 percent, were...
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    SHOUHARDO II (Strengthening Household Ability to Respond to Development Opportunities II) is a five-year June 2010-May 2015, USAID-funded Title II project designed to transform the lives of women and men in 370,000 poor and extreme poor (PEP)...
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    Approximately one-fourth of Bangladeshis have limited availability, access to and consumption of adequate quantities of nutritious food the year round. Given the fact that food quantity and quality have the most direct links between agriculture,...
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    The Tanzania Integrated Water Sanitation and Hygiene Program (iWASH) was a USAID-supported initiative implemented by the Global Water for Sustainability (GLOWS) consortium under the leadership of Florida International University (FIU). The key...
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    The project pioneered new mechanisms for cooperation between public and private partners. Alianzas formed alliances by inviting new potential partners to participate in existing projects and jointly create solutions that could be implemented through...
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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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    In 2009, USAID awarded the three-year, $4.5 million Ghana WASH-UP activity to Global Communities (formerly CHF International). USAID subsequently funded two extensions of WASH-UP, which brought the period of performance to seven years (October 2009...
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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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