Enjoying improved water access in Kenya. Photo Credit: Bobby Neptune for USAID



The Agency’s water programs invest in Africa’s greatest resource—its people—and call on African leaders, thinkers, entrepreneurs, and innovators to work to end extreme poverty and sustain development for this and future generations.

Home to 19 of the world’s 21 highest-fertility countries, Africa’s population is expected to more than double in the next 35 years, growing from roughly 1.2 billion in 2015 to more than 2.4 billion by mid-century. USAID is deepening and expanding partnerships with African governments, businesses, universities, and civil society organizations to enhance water service provision; bolster climate change-preparedness; facilitate more effective agricultural water management; improve public health outcomes; and meet the objectives of the Water and Development Strategy and the global WASH community.

USAID water programming is implemented through the Agency’s many country missions across Africa, as well as five Regional Missions—USAID Central Africa, USAID East Africa, USAID Sahel, USAID Southern Africa, and USAID West Africa. USAID funds water and sanitation programming in Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

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