One of the great development challenges confronting the world today is access to clean, safe water for regions, nations, and individuals to improve health and grow food. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) works in cooperation with U.S. and international partners to save and improve lives around the world. Water is critical to the wellbeing of all people – socially, personally, and economically. By its nature, as a basic and essential resource, water considerations cut across nearly every aspect of USAID programming, including the President’s Feed the Future, Global Health, and Global Climate Change Initiatives.
All countries and communities depend on sustainable supplies of fresh water of sufficient quantity and quality. This report looks at USAID water programming for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 to protect and strengthen water resources for the well-being of both people and the environment throughout the developing world.