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Many parts of the world today are experiencing significant levels of rural-to-urban migration, as rural residents flock to cities in search of greater economic opportunity and a better quality of life. However, due to high costs of living, many migrants end up in peri-urban settlements on the fringes of major cities, where they often find themselves disconnected from municipal water and sanitation services.

Interagency Story

Republic of the Congo Tackles Soil Erosion Crisis

In September 2018, the U.S. Embassy in Republic of the Congo, together with the U.S. Water Partnership, arranged for two erosion experts from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to visit the city of Brazzaville and provide recommendations on treatment and prevention of catastrophic gully erosion that has resulted from planned and unplanned urban development. USFS staff traveled to Congo under the Water Experts Program, a cooperative effort between the U.S. Water Partnership and the U.S. Department of State that deploys American experts to provide technical assistance on water issues.

Interagency Story

Using Green Infrastructure to Mitigate Urban Flood Risk

With a population of more than 1.5 million people, Udon Thani province in northeastern Thailand is growing and industrializing rapidly as it positions itself as a strategic communications and commercial gateway to Indo-China. While these changes will contribute to economic growth, these shifts along with likely future temperature increases and more extreme weather patterns will also put Udon Thani at a greater risk of water scarcity, flooding, and loss of green space.  Since 2013, the U.S.


Palestinian Community Infrastructure Development Program

The Palestinian Community Infrastructure Development Program (PCID) is a five-year program which began in March 2013 and will finish in March 2018. The Program aims to increase Palestinians’ access to water and sanitation as well as other small and medium scale community infrastructure in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza.


USAID/India Health of the Urban Poor Program Mid-Term Evaluation Report

In India, the urban poor are among the fastest growing and especially vulnerable sub-populations, having limited access to clean water, sanitation, and health care. Despite compelling need, urban health has not been a priority issue and receives less attention than rural health care.


USAID/India Health of the Urban Poor Program Final Evaluation Report

India has made progress in achieving health outcomes over the last decades, especially in rural areas; but the urban poor have generally not benefited. The delivery of health services in urban areas has been suboptimal and fragmented. As a policy response, in May 2013, the Government of India (GOI) launched the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) to strengthen health service delivery in urban areas.


Ghana Water Access, Sanitation and Hygiene

Ensuring long-term sustainability of water and sanitation infrastructure interventions has long been a challenge in rural communities in Ghana. For years, significant investments in water and sanitation infrastructure have rarely translated to sustained access and use of services and achievement of improved health outcomes. Approximately 25 percent of water and sanitation infrastructure established in Ghana becomes non-operational after just five years, and a large percentage of the remaining facilities are either underutilized or diverted for other purposes.

Global Waters Article

Changing the Landscape for Africa's Urban Water Services

Urban growth across much of sub-Saharan Africa is generating considerable pressure on public and private utilities to provide safe and reliable water and sanitation services. The municipal water infrastructure of many African cities also faces daunting challenges from age, lack of maintenance or connecting communities without water and sanitation access.