Middle East

Evaluation

Middle East and North Africa Water Sector Performance Evaluation

This report is an evaluation of water sector activities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, funded by USAID’s Middle East Bureau.

The Middle East Bureau supports regional activities in water and environment to address long-term sustainable access to water in the region. The purpose of the evaluation is to provide lessons learned and recommendations for future programming in anticipation of limited funding scenarios. In particular, this evaluation will inform the following:

Article

Bringing Scientists Together on the Cutting Edge of Innovation in the Middle East

Accessing safe water and sanitation is an ongoing challenge in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This historically arid area is home to about 5 percent of the world’s population, but only about 1.4 percent of the world’s freshwater resources. The demand for both water resources and a solution to sanitation challenges continues to grow.

Activity

Water Information System Platform

NASA/WISP activity’s objective is to improve water resources and agricultural management and planning within and across beneficiary countries based on quantitative and spatial-based decision making tools. NASA/WISP activity was developed out of a partnership with the World Bank, in which the World Bank provides funding for purchasing equipment, contracting technical expertise, travel, and training through its Regional Coordination on Improved Water Resources Management and Capacity Building (RCIWRM) project.

Evaluation

Water Reuse and Environmental Conservation Project (WRECP) - Aqaba Mechanical Wastewater Treatment Plant Preliminary Evaluation Report

The USAID Water Reuse and Environmental Conservation Project (WRECP) works throughout Jordan in institutional capacity building, pollution prevention for industries, solid waste and wastewater management, and water reuse. The project goal is to protect and conserve scarce resources through regulation, education, and coordination with industry, local communities and the private sector. A major component of the program includes pollution prevention and industrial water management.

Activity

Water Communications and Knowledge Management

More than 660 million people meet each new day without safe drinking water. One in three people still lack access to a toilet, and every day more than 350,000 children are born into a world that produces less food than it did the day before. Water is a vital resource not just for humans, but also for a variety of aquatic ecosystems, including wetlands, watersheds, rivers, estuaries and coastal areas. By 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population could be living in water-stressed conditions.