Resource Collection


Rural areas face a unique set of geographic and financial challenges when it comes to extending reliable water and sanitation services to residents. USAID works with local partners throughout the world to increase rural populations’ access to safe water, improve sanitation coverage, and promote hygiene behavior change. This collection page contains resources showcasing best practices and lessons learned for WASH infrastructure and services in rural settings.


Understanding Coordination in Kitui County's Water Sector: An Analysis of Stakeholder Interactions and Perspectives

The Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership undertook an organizational network analysis to study interactions across WASH sector actors in Kitui County, Kenya relating to information, skills, resources, and authority relationships. The study sought to identify the position of organizations in the network and understand network gaps, successes, challenges, and actors’ perspectives on possible solutions to achieve rural water sustainability.


Mali Livestock For Growth

The key goal of the USAID Mali Livestock for Growth (L4G) program is to improve the quality of livestock, expand market access and incentives, and include poorer households in livestock value chain


Climate Change Adaptation for Communities of the Lima Watershed

The purpose of the project is to disseminate and disseminate effectiveness of adaptation measures (MoA) to climate change, with the objective of leveraging public and private funds, and this way to scale up investment for sustainable management of natural resources of the Rímac river basin.

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Pastoralists Turn to Apps to Find Grazing Fields

From the ashes of this failed project and in partnership with USAID, Google and iHub, PCI then launched AfriScout, a mobile phone application that displays current water points, pasture, vegetation, areas prone to diseases, areas where herders are likely to encounter wildlife or hostile conditions, and other circumstances that pastoralists need to know about before migrating.


Biodiversity Hotspots

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) focuses on biodiversity hotspots​, Earth’s most biologically rich and threatened areas.

The 36 biodiversity hotspots hold especially high numbers of unique species, yet their combined area now covers only 2.3 percent of the Earth's land surface. Many encompass priority areas in multiple countries. Each one faces extreme threats and has lost at least 70 percent of its original habitat.


Rural Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

Only 42 percent of Afghans have access to clean drinking water. Moreover, only 27 percent of the rural population has access to sanitation facilities resulting in exposure to water-borne illnesses that cause diarrhea, claiming the lives of an estimated 85,000 Afghan children under the age of five every year. USAID partners with the UNICEF to work with the Afghan Government, with other development agencies, and with civil society to strengthen the quality of water, sanitation, and hygiene services in households, schools, and health facilities.