finance

Brief

Brief: Water Security and Sanitation at USAID

USAID’s water and sanitation assistance has resulted in millions of people gaining access to improved drinking water and sanitation services. Reliable access to safe water and sanitation saves lives, reduces extreme poverty, and makes communities more resilient. Investments in water and sanitation are critical for progress in nearly all aspects of global development.

This fact sheet provides data to describe the water crisis and to illustrate the success of USAID's efforts in helping communities around the world to access improved water and sanitation services.

Executive Summary

Executive Summary: India Financial Institutions Reform and Expansion-Debt and Infrastructure Ex-Post Evaluation (Hindi)

Rapid urbanization in resource-constrained countries like India places massive pressures on infrastructure, and long-term solutions are needed to meet growing safe water and sanitation (WatSan) demand. USAID has invested in urban WatSan activities across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East that aim to address these needs, but there is seldom opportunity to validate whether its approaches yielded sustainable outcomes.

Report

Doing More with Less: Smarter Subsidies for Water Supply and Sanitation

Subsidies can be powerful tools in delivering water and sanitation when they are designed in smart and targeted ways and implemented effectively. Governments across the world are pouring money into subsidies, but as new World Bank research shows, that funding often doesn’t flow to those who need it most. This report explores how scarce public resources can be used most effectively to achieve universal delivery of water supply and sanitation services. 

Video

Gap Inc. & USAID Women + Water Alliance Overview

USAID and Gap Inc. aim to draw upon their complementary strengths to improve the health and wellbeing of women, families, and communities in countries of shared interest, starting in India. Learn more about the Women + Water Alliance, and how every partner makes a unique contribution. 

 

Article

Factors Influencing Revenue Collection for Preventative Maintenance of Community Water Systems: A Fuzzy-Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis

This Sustainable WASH Systems study analyzed combinations of conditions that influence regular payments for water service in resource-limited communities. To do so, the study investigated 16 communities participating in a new preventive maintenance program in the Kamuli District of Uganda under a public–private partnership framework. First, this study identified conditions posited as important for collective payment compliance from a literature review.

Topic

Finance

Reliable financing is critical to helping countries transition away from donor assistance in the water and sanitation sectors, which is one of the reasons that improved governance and finance are core objectives of the U.S. Government Global Water Strategy. USAID programming improves WASH sector financing by helping strengthen policies and institutions that increase self-reliance and reduce the need for donor funding.