rural sanitation

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Sanitation

Did you know one out of every three people in the world lacks a hygienic toilet in their homes? Sanitation is more than just toilets, however — it encompasses the facilities, behaviors, and services that prevent diseases caused by contact with human waste. USAID helps partner countries reach the poor and underserved to end open defecation, gain first-time or improved access to basic sanitation services, and move progressively toward safely managed services.

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Rural

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.

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Cambodia - Stone Family Foundation, IDE and USAID Launch Sanitation Development Impact Bond

Veena Reddy, Mission Director at USAID Cambodia, said: “This new results-based financing approach to improving rural sanitation demonstrates our commitment to supporting Cambodia on its road to self-reliance. This DIB is USAID’s third and an example of our leadership in collaboration and co-design between partners and global innovative financing to achieve the best possible development results.”

Blog

Comparing the Sustainability of Different Approaches to Rural WASH Access

The goal of rural water and sanitation investments is sustainable, long-term solutions to service challenges—yet donors and practitioners rarely measure the durability of project outcomes. Evaluations conducted midstream or shortly after project completion fail to adequately capture what water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) approaches are sustainable.

Brief

Brief: Millennium Water and Sanitation Program (PEPAM/USAID) Ex-Post Evaluation

This brief outlines the key findings from an ex-post evaluation of the Millennium Water and Sanitation Program in Senegal (PEPAM/USAID – Programme d’Eau Potable et d’Assainissement du Millénaire au Sénégal). Implemented from 2009–2014 by Research Triangle Institute (RTI) and a consortium of partners, PEPAM aimed to improve sustainable access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in four regions of Senegal.