Submission Guidelines for Guest Blogs on Globalwaters.org
USAID’s Water Team accepts blog submissions for its official website, Globalwaters.org, on a rolling basis.
Globalwaters.org serves as a global knowledge resource for USAID staff, implementing partners, and the broader community working in the international development water sector. Our goal is to foster global knowledge and collaboration for sustainable WASH access for all and provide water practitioners with the latest news, learning, and resources from USAID's Water Team and partners.
We aim for this site to improve development programming and amplify the impact of USAID’s investments into the future. Globalwaters.org allows development practitioners to help identify and refine better practices, and to inform USAID’s technical direction in areas of information gaps.
Globalwaters.org hosts its most dynamic content on its blog. Published biweekly and featured on the homepage, the Globalwaters.org blog draws readers’ attention to news and research from the USAID Water Team and the broader water sector, and also features noteworthy water and advocacy day events and key website resources.
To provide a variety of perspectives and voices we are seeking guest blog writers to contribute. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):
- Summaries of recent conferences or events you presented at or attended (include personal observations)
- Expert opinions on WASH or development topics—What’s working? What’s not?
- Recap of the latest news on WASH or water topics and relevance to the sector
- Highlights and key findings from research/reports
- Stories from the field—showcase project impact at the Mission/project/beneficiary level
- Newsworthy highlights of USAID project milestones, events, publications
- Campaign days or events (World Water Day, Global Handwashing Day, World Toilet Day, etc.)—what you are planning/what did you do to celebrate?
Tips for Submissions
- Keep it brief—300 to 500 words, use short paragraphs
- Avoid technical jargon—our website reaches multiple audiences
- Include a photo, caption, and credit, or link to other content—video, website, resource, social media
- Write in a more informal/less newsy style (first person accounts/points of view create a more conversational tone)
- Share lessons learned if applicable
- Obtain approval from appropriate contracting office or Mission personnel and include that clearance information at the end of the blog
- Include byline with author and title
For more information on the how and why of blog writing and some sample content, check out these resources: