disaster risk reduction


Ethiopia Water is Life

In Ethiopia, almost half of the population does not have access to clean drinking water. This video highlights partnerships between USAID's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and non-governmental organizations to improve water supply and sanitation in several locations in Ethiopia.


USAID: Committed to a Water-Secure Future

This video highlights USAID projects supporting water-sector programs throughout the world, including USAID's 4th Sector Health, the Tajikistan Safe Drinking Water Project, Feed the Future, Ecuador Sustainable Forests and Coasts, and Afghan Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation.



Cagayan de Oro Water District Non-Revenue Water (NRW) Reduction Program

The Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) launched its Non-Revenue Water (NRW) Reduction Program in Cagayan de Oro City on January 13, with the presence of representatives from the Department of Public Works and Highways, USAID Philippines, and the Coca Cola Foundation. The program was developed in efforts to reduce water losses and control leaks, and improve and extend water supply and services to more people.


Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is responsible for leading and coordinating the U.S. government’s response to disasters overseas.

Implementation Guide

Hazard-Specific Disaster Risk Reduction Implementation Guide

The following hazard-specific disaster risk reduction (DRR) sheets are intended to guide analysis of which USAID/OFDA sectors and sub-sectors may be most relevant to reducing risk related to an identified hazard in the program location. As set out in USAID/OFDA’s DRR conceptual framework and strategy, the broad context of the area exposed to a given hazard, and the capacities that exist within that area, will also guide the development of appropriate DRR programs.

Focus Area

Water Security

Water holds the key to improved human security and environmental sustainability in the 21st century. Smart and efficient management of this resource will prove vital to reducing extreme poverty, improving public health, and creating a more sustainable future for all people and the ecosystems that sustain us.

Country Profile


Despite considerable investment, access to water and sanitation in Haiti is still the lowest in the Western Hemisphere. The main challenges in achieving sustainable management of water and sanitation in Haiti are limited government capacity, low user demand for improved water and sanitation services, lack of accessible finance, poor management of water resources, and geographic vulnerability to extreme events.

Fact Sheet

Disaster Risk Reduction FY 2015 Fact Sheet

Natural disasters adversely affect millions of people every year. To minimize the impact on vulnerable populations, USAID/OFDA supports disaster risk reduction (DRR) programs aimed at saving lives and protecting livelihoods, assets, and infrastructure before, during, and after disasters, while strengthening resilience to natural hazards.