Iraq

Activity

Middle East Bureau Technical Services Monitoring Agriculture and Water Resources Development

MAWRED's activity objective was to support regional policy makers in current and future water and agriculture resource planning. NASA worked closely with ICBA as a regional institution, providing tools and training to ICBA’s staff on the use of NASA’s technologies. In return, ICBA provided similar trainings and hands-on capacity building to a range of regional organizations within the participating countries and institutions, building on the working partnership between USAID, NASA and the World Bank, which was established in 2008.

Activity

Regional Partnerships on Culture and Development

The Regional Partnership for Culture and Development (RPCD) was a three-year, $7.2 million program funded by USAID/Egypt’s Office of Middle East Programs (OMEP).The goal of the program was to gather and disseminate information that will improve development efforts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Activity

Improving WATSAN Services in the MENA Region through the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association

Despite massive infrastructure investments, nearly millions of citizens in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region lack adequate access to potable water. Wastewater management in some areas is markedly worse. Once water-balanced MENA countries are now running water deficits. Regional governments and local utilities agree that the benefits of multimillion-dollar infrastructure investments will be short-lived without proper operations and maintenance (O&M) management by a capable and qualified workforce.

Activity

Further Advancing the Blue Revolution Initiative

The regional water problems in MENA countries are rather universal, vary in intensity and impact, but share common problems in water scarcity, poor investment in water services to the poor, and limited coverage in water supply and sanitation. The priority challenge in this region is to extend basic water services to the millions of households, especially in the rural areas.