To ensure the greatest transformative impact, USAID contributes to the U.S. Government Global Water Strategy’s shared vision of a water-secure world. USAID’s water and sanitation assistance are concentrated in countries and regions where needs and opportunities are greatest and where engagement can best protect U.S. national security interests. Partner countries are grouped into the following categories:
High-Priority Country: Designated under the criteria of the Water for the World Act of 2014 as a high priority for water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance based on needs, opportunities, and strategic considerations.
Strategy-Aligned Country: In addition to high-priority countries, USAID will address water and sanitation needs and opportunities in other countries through development assistance programs aligned with the Congressional Water Directive and the Agency’s strategic objectives.
Strategic priority countries are countries where USAID anticipates continued water and sanitation programs due to a combination of strategic considerations and water-related development needs.