Schoolgirls in Indonesia. Photo credit: USAID/Indonesia


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Asia is the fastest-growing region on earth and home to more than half the world's population. Hundreds of millions have been lifted out of extreme poverty over the past few decades, contributing to economic growth, regional stability, and a growing middle class. Yet with rapid economic growth comes complex development challenges. The Asia region still has more than 50 percent of the world’s extreme poor, 70 percent of the world’s malnourished children, and the majority of all natural disasters. Water service providers in the region struggle to adequately deliver services, especially to underprivileged communities and women. Currently, more than 340 million people in Asia do not have access to safe water supplies, and more than 680 million lack sustainable sanitation services.

As Asia plays a larger role in world affairs, USAID’s water programs in the region are focused on promoting improved health outcomes; ending hunger; reducing climate change impacts; and helping communities better manage their natural resources. Through partnerships with Asian governments, civil society, businesses, and nonprofits, USAID is working to harness the innovation and ideas that can tackle these challenges.

USAID Regional Missions include USAID Asia and USAID Central Asia, while the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs oversees USAID programming for this strategic subregion of Asia. USAID funds water and sanitation programming in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Tajikistan.

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