Truer Stakeholder Ownership of Data

As part of the USAID-funded Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership, LINC and WaterSHED recently organized a workshop for stakeholders in Cambodia’s rural sanitation and hygiene sector. In contrast to the hundreds of workshops conducted every year in the WASH sector, we took a different approach: instead of participants simply receiving information, we wanted them, as stakeholders, to own the information.

USAID Transform WASH: Financing Practices and Options for Sanitation Products and Services: Findings from SNNPR, Ethiopia

This study explores sanitation financing experiences in Southern Nation Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR) with a focus on USAID Transform Water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) intervention zones, identifies key financial institutions and stakeholders and suggests innovative financial approaches for sustaining innovative businesses engaged in sanitation marketing while stimulating household demand.

Water For Health

Through water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) investments, the water sector works to improve health outcomes, providing improved access to safe water supply and sanitation, while promoting improved hygiene practices and supporting approaches that can be brought to scale and sustained. These services can improve health, lower health care costs, and save time, particularly for poorer populations. The results can be immediate and long-term, providing vital economic and social benefits to millions of people.

Announcing the #WaterSecureWorld Photo Contest

 

“Our vision is 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.”

- U.S. Government Global Water Strategy

Can you Picture a Water Secure World?

Quiet Heroes in the Fight against Ebola

While the Ebola crisis was at its peak in Liberia, a small group of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) entrepreneurs helped in a significant way by repairing hand pumps in clinics and other health facilities in some of the country’s hardest-hit counties. By restoring access to water — not only for drinking, but also for infection prevention and control — these WASH entrepreneurs ensured that facilities had the resources they needed to promote handwashing and safe hygiene practices that could help combat the spread of the disease.

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.