Acting Global Water Coordinator Inaugurates New Drinking Water Supply in Busia County, Kenya

The USAID-supported Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (KIWASH) project works to improve the lives and health of one million Kenyans in nine counties. Launched in 2015, the five-year project focuses on the development and management of sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services and increased access to irrigation and nutrition services.

Africa, WASH, and the Millennium Development Goals: A Local Systems Case Study of How South Africa Achieved MDG Target 7c

Democratic dispensation in 1994 created a political and social platform that reshaped life in South Africa. There was a surge in common belief that the inequity and wrong of Apartheid should and could be rectified. Equity of access to water and sanitation were obvious targets for improvement. In 1994, an estimated 14–15 million South Africans were without access to an improved water supply, while close to 21 million—more than half of the population at that time—did not have access to improved sanitation facilities. These problems were most severe in poorer rural areas.

Africa, WASH, and the Millennium Development Goals: A Local Systems Case Study of How Senegal Achieved MDG Target 7c

Nationally, Senegal met the MDG target for water supply access. It did this by engaging the public and private sectors to effectively invest and report on investments. It focused on larger population centers, less on remote regions of the country. Its achievements set the stage for more equitable and widespread service provision as the country now works to achieve the SDGs, requiring sustainable management of universal access.

WASHPaLS Global Call for Data and Research Collaboration

Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) represents a revolution in the fight to end open defecation, with large-scale programs in place and embedded in national policy in dozens of countries. In their Handbook on Community-Led Total Sanitation, Kar and Chambers (2008) identified an array of variables thought to make program success more or less likely.

World Toilet Day 2017: Q&A with USAID Sanitation Expert Jesse Shapiro

Jesse Shapiro is the Environmental Health Team Lead, Senior Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Advisor, and Sanitation Focal Point at USAID based in the Global Health Bureau. He provides WASH technical support to USAID missions in Africa and South East Asia with a focus on new project development and an increased emphasis on sanitation programming. With World Toilet Day 2017 coming up, he talked with Global Waters about about the importance of wastewater treatment and USAID's work in the sanitation sector.

2017 U.S. Government Global Water Strategy

There is a growing global water crisis that may increase disease, undermine economic growth, foster insecurity and state failure, and generally reduce the capacity of countries to advance priorities that support U.S. national interests. To address these challenges and contribute to a healthier, safer, and more prosperous world, the United States will work to support a water secure world where people have sustainable supplies of water of sufficient quantity and quality to meet human, economic, and ecosystem needs while managing risks from floods and droughts.

Innovative Ghanaian Latrine Makes Sanitation Aspirational

Ghana is a country of jarring contradictions. Technology is quickly infiltrating daily lives: nearly everyone has a mobile phone, the majority have access to electricity, and millions use the internet. But less than 15 percent of the country has access to basic sanitation, and one in five Ghanaians defecate in the open.