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Lessons Learned from the 10-Year Rotary–USAID Partnership

Since 2009, a partnership between the Rotary and USAID has combined the local community leadership of Rotarian volunteers with the Agency’s technical expertise. Throughout, the focus of the program has been on accomplishing three goals: improving sanitation and hygiene in schools and health facilities; increasing community access to safe drinking water; and advocating for ample government financing of WASH—that is, water, sanitation, and hygiene.

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WASH Research Questions Worksheet

This worksheet features a series of questions designed to guide strategic thinking and programming decisions related to the following components of the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sectors:

  • Governance & Finance
  • Sanitation & Hygiene
  • Safe Drinking Water
  • Water Resources Management

Click here to download the worksheet. Please remember to share your input no later than Friday, November 29th.

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Are Nudges the Answer to Improving Handwashing Behavior?

While handwashing has been acknowledged as a way to prevent the spread of infection, experts agree that we still aren’t making enough progress on increasing uptake of this behavior. A systematic review revealed that in 2015, only 26 percent of people globally washed their hands with soap after contact with feces.

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Water Currents: Global Handwashing Day 2019

October 15, 2019, is Global Handwashing Day (GH Day), an annual advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap. This year’s theme is “Clean Hands for All,” which gives much needed attention to the marginalized groups that lack access to handwashing facilities or face discrimination in the provision of handwashing and other water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services.

Fact Sheet

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.

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Hygiene

Hygiene refers to behaviors that can improve cleanliness and lead to good health. USAID works alongside partner countries to reach poor and underserved populations with hygiene behavior change campaigns that generate lasting results, aiming to improve hygiene facilities in educational and health care institutions and increase handwashing with soap at critical times, among other objectives.

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Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of USAID/Nigeria’s Livelihood Project – WASH and Nutrition Component (IR3)

The 5-year Feed the Future (FtF), Nigeria Livelihoods Project (2013–2018), implemented by Catholic Relief Service, supported impoverished households in Nigeria to boost their agriculture production and incomes, and improve nutrition. The project involved four main components of cross-sectoral community-based interventions. This cost-effective analysis (CEA) focuses on the WASH and nutrition component, designed to promote optimal nutrition, provide water and sanitation access, and improve hygiene practices through interventions in WASH and nutrition areas. 

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Afghanistan Jobs Creation Project

Central to the USAID/Afghanistan Plan for Transition Strategy is a focus on improving opportunities for private sector-led economic growth to replace donor assistance and increase Government of Afghanistan (GoA) revenue. The Economic Growth Consolidated Project Appraisal Document addresses this broad strategic issue and focuses on strengthening elements of the Afghan economy leading to economic growth, private sector development and increased employment opportunities.