USAID Water Security, Sanitation, and Hygiene Town Hall

USAID Water Security, Sanitation, and Hygiene Town Hall

In the nearly ten years since the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act became law, USAID’s water, sanitation, and hygiene investments have resulted in more than 60 million people gaining access to sustainable drinking water and sanitation services and hygiene facilities, and benefiting from improved water resources management. 

On January 25, 2024, USAID kicked off the tenth anniversary year of Water for the World with a town hall event that highlighted progress and opportunities for achieving global water security and universal access to sanitation. USAID leadership facilitated the discussion, reflecting on what this means for the future of global health, gender equality and women’s empowerment, food security, and climate resilience. 

The panel addressed the following key topics, among others:

  • The importance of the partnership between USAID’s Bureau for Resilience, Environment, and Food Security, and Global Health Bureau
  • How the U.S. Global Water Strategy advances President Biden’s ambitious agenda for gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • How U.S. priorities are reflected in investments in sub-Saharan Africa
  • The role of nature-based solutions going forward
  • The integration of WASH into health systems
  • How USAID’s commitments to both localization and gender and social inclusion inform the Agency’s country-level work in WASH

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Nancy Eslick

USAID Global Water Coordinator and Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Resilience, Environment and Food Security

Sangita Patel

Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Global Health

Jamille Bigio

Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

Katie Donohoe

Acting-Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Africa

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Event Recording
Event Date(s)
National Press Club, Washington, D.C.