Priority Countries


Under the U.S. Global Water Strategy, the U.S. Government will focus its efforts on those countries and geographic areas where the needs are greatest, and where U.S. engagement can best protect our national-security interests.  

Within this set of countries and geographic areas, pursuant to Section 136 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (FAA), as amended by the Water for the World Act of 2014, 13 countries or geographic areas have been designated as high priority for October 1, 2017–September 30, 2018.  The selection of these high-priority countries and geographic areas was based on the following factors, in the context of U.S. foreign-policy interests:

  • Level of need;
  • Host government’s commitment, capacity, and ability to work with the United States;
  • Opportunities to leverage U.S. support with the private sector and other donor partners; and,
  • The likelihood of making significant improvements in the health, educational, and economic opportunities available to women and girls.

The following countries and geographic areas will be high priority under the Water for the World Act for October 1, 2017–September 30, 2018.

*Note: The inclusion of West Bank/Gaza in this list as a geographic area is in reference to USAID programming in support of the Palestinian people, and is not intended to convey a position on sovereign status.