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Women + Water Alliance

Women+Water is a Global Development Alliance between USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) and Gap Inc. that is committed to improving and sustaining the health and well-being of women and communities touched by the apparel industry in India.

A woman in Jamgod village in Madhya Pradesh, India pumps water for her daily needs. Jamgod village is one of many where women are catalyzed to become water champions through the USAID Gap Inc. Women + Water Alliance.

Overview

 

Women + Water Alliance Objectives

 

Women + Water Alliance Objectives

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Results

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Women from the Dharampuri village in Madhya Pradesh, India map out plans for community management of water in their village. An integral component of the USAID Gap Inc. Women + Water Alliance is facilitating village action water planning where community members outline plans to improve their village’s water security, water quality, and water governance. To date, the alliance has developed 1,101 Village Action Plans (VAPs) with active community participation through alliance partner, WaterAid.

Partners

Check out the Women + Water Alliance Program Strategy Map

IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS

USAID Logo

USAID and Gap Inc. draw on their complementary strengths to ensure the sustained and scalable impact of WASH programming and advancement of women in India.

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As a prime partner, Gap Inc. works with USAID to share information, collaborate and build partnerships across and beyond the apparel sector to further the impact and extend the reach of the Women + Water Alliance.

CARE Logo

CARE advances women’s self-efficacy and agency through Gap Inc.’s life-skills training program, P.A.C.E. (Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement).

Water Aid Logo

WaterAid accelerates women's access to sustained WASH services by strengthening community drinking water management.

Water.org Logo

Water.org accelerates women’s access to sustainable WASH services through affordable financing.

ISC Logo

ISC aggregates stakeholders to improve water stewardship practices in the apparel industry in India.

EVALUATION PARTNERS

I4DI Logo

I4DI is an evaluation partner and supports the W+W Alliance by evaluating the program as a whole based on the program strategy map. This is done through baseline,  and end line evaluation.

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ICRW is an evaluation partner conducting a longitudinal study on the P.A.C.E. component of the W+W Alliance and evaluating WASH behavior change adoption and impact.

Three women test the quality of water of local water sources in Dharampuri village in Madhya Pradesh, India. One aim of the USAID Gap Inc. Women + Water Alliance is to improve the capacity of women to conduct water testing in communities touched by the apparel industry.  So far, the Alliance has facilitated the distribution of 1,000+ water quality field testing kits (FTK) across Madhya Pradesh and Maharshtra, India and trained 3,551 women on the use of FTKs and on water quality issues.

Resources

A woman in a blue dress works on a garment at a sewing machine. The Business Case for Building Community Resilience in Corporate Value Chains with the USAID Gap Inc. Women + Water Alliance
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At this year’s Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI’s) World Water Week, partners from the USAID Gap Inc. Women + Water Alliance shared perspectives on the business case for investing in community water resilience. The Women + Water…
Furrows drawn in cotton fields promote irrigation efficiency. Photo credit: Institute for Sustainable Communities Ensuring a Water Secure Future in Maharashtra’s Cotton-Growing Villages
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On a sunny October morning in 2019, members of the Donoda village council in Yavatmal, Maharashtra, met to better understand what they could do about the lack of irrigation water for their cotton crops. Yavatmal had seen less than the normal…
Infographic: Findings of a Baseline Study on the State of Water and Women's Empowerment in Maharashtra, India Findings of a Baseline Study on the State of Water and Women's Empowerment in Maharashtra, India
Infographic

USAID and Gap Inc. launched the Women + Water Alliance (W+W Alliance) in 2017 to improve and sustain the health and well-being of women and communities touched by the apparel industry in India. This infographic highlights some of the key…
One-third of surveyed women in Maharashtra express concerns with the stressful nature of sourcing water. Photo credit: WaterAid/ Altaf Ahmad The State of Women and Water in Cotton Growing Communities in India
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Achieving gender equity in India is predicated on addressing the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) needs of females in the country. Predominantly tasked with the responsibility to manage household water and sanitation, women face immense…
Document thumbnail Building CLA foundations for USAID Gap Inc. Partnership: Women + Water Alliance
Case Studies

In 2017, Gap Inc. and USAID launched the Women + Water Global Development Alliance to improve and sustain the health and well-being of women and communities touched by the apparel industry. The initial program and monitoring, evaluation, research…

Women from the Dharampuri village in Madhya Pradesh, India map out plans for community management of water in their village. An integral component of the USAID Gap Inc. Women + Water Alliance is facilitating village action water planning where community members outline plans to improve their village’s water security, water quality, and water governance. To date, the alliance has developed 1,101 Village Action Plans (VAPs) with active community participation through alliance partner, WaterAid.

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A woman from Jamgod village in Madhya Pradesh gives potable water to a young child to drink.