rural water supply


Webinar: Water, Migration and Rural Development: What do we know? - January 22, 2020

Webinar: Water, Migration and Rural Development: What do we know?

Join Global Water Partnership (GWP), International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and WLE's ThriveNet on Jan. 22 for a webinar exploring our knowledge on the linkages between water insecurity and outmigration from rural areas.Speakers include Alan Nicol (IWMI), Nidhi Nagabhatla (UNU), Patricia Mejias Moreno (FAO)

  • Date: Jan. 22, 2020
  • Time: 3:00-4:00PM CET

Moderated by Julienne Roux (GWP) and Liza Debevec (IWMI)


Emerging Lessons on Sustaining Rural Water Services in Uganda: A Case Study of Whave's Preventive Maintenance Model

To address the complex challenges of sustainable rural water service delivery, Whave has been testing a model for the provision of preventive maintenance services. Whave’s approach focuses on results-based payment for avoiding breakdowns, rather than payment for repairs. By incentivizing performance, their goal is to establish a system that reduces water source downtime and therefore improves the reliability of water supply systems. Whave is currently operating in more than 400 communities across Uganda.


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: 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.



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.