Please note that the 2013 USAID Water and Development Strategy has now been replaced by the 2017 U.S. Government Global Water Strategy and USAID Water and Development Plan. Click here for more information.
USAID’s first-ever Water and Development Strategy became effective in May 2013. The Strategy was intended to guide Agency-wide programming on water from 2013-2018. The overarching goal of the Strategy was to save lives and advance development through improvements in water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), and through sound management and use of water for food security. To achieve this goal, the Strategy set two strategic objectives (SOs). The focus of SO1 was water for health, and the focus of SO2 was water for food (Figure 1).
The Water and Development Strategy Implementation Field Guide was intended to serve as a reference tool to help Operating Units understand and apply the Strategy. The Guide provides an overview of: