Chemonics

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

Management of Aquatic Resources and Economic Alternatives

The USAID Regional Management of Aquatic Resources and Economic Alternatives (MAREA) program worked to gain acceptance of the ban by bringing together officials from environmental and fishing agencies of the Central American countries along with other relevant local institutions to address those concerns.

Activity

Southern Africa Regional Environmental Program

The southern Africa countries of Angola, Namibia, and Botswana suffer from frequent floods and debilitating droughts, and too many people live in extreme poverty and have limited access to adequate water and sanitation services. The USAID Southern African Regional Environmental Program (SAREP) is addressing these issues by improving the water supply and sanitation services, as well as conserving biodiversity within the Okavango River Basin, which supports the livelihoods of more than 880,000 people.

Activity

Water Infrastructure Support and Enhancement for Lebanon

The water sector in Lebanon suffers from deficiencies in water storage, supply, and treatment facilities, in addition to ineffective water management practices. Most of the existing facilities and networks, notably for potable water, are aging, inadequately maintained, and losing large quantities of non-revenue water (NRW) resulting in insufficient quantities to meet local needs. Water establishments’ revenue collection from subscribers is low due to poorly maintained subscriber records and inefficient billing processes.

Evaluation

Evaluation of the Ghana Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Program

The USAID Ghana Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (GWASH) program is implemented under a 4-year, $13.2M cooperative agreement between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Relief International (RI) that began in mid-December 2009. RI partnered with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Ghana for latrine construction, and with Winrock International (WI), for the community organization and behavior change component, to implement GWASH.