capacity building


Sustainable Water and Sanitation in Africa Project to Support Urban WASH – Liberia

SUWASA was a regional initiative to foster the transformation of water and sanitation delivery services in Africa to achieve their long-term financial sustainability through the application of market-based principles. SUWASA was designed to spread effective models of reform at the water utility and sector levels and to facilitate innovative financing approaches for African water providers. SUWASA supported the Government of Liberia in developing a methodology for calculating and using the cost of water services as a basis for tariff decisionmaking.


Maternal and Child Health Integrated Project – Nigeria

The goal of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) in Nigeria was to contribute to the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality by achieving its life-of-project (LOP) objective of increased utilization of quality emergency obstetric and newborn care (EmONC) services by pregnant women, mothers, and their newborns in selected local government areas (LGAs) in three states—Kano, Zamfara, and Katsina.


Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy, and Development Project

Corruption remains the bane of good governance in Nigeria. Poor governance has impoverished the Nigerian masses, created a gulf between the haves and have-nots, and completely eroded the provision of basic social services including education, healthcare, and economic infrastructure. State and local governments that are responsible for the provision of these services are neither equipped nor prepared to carry out their responsibilities. Citizens lack the capacity to articulate their needs or hold their government accountable.


Lowland Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Project in Ethiopia

The lowland areas of Ethiopia, with arid and semi-arid agro-ecology, are under increasing pressure due to several stress factors including climate variability and change, population pressure, natural resources degradation, inadequate policy support and a reduction in local peoples’ coping capacity. A lack of social services including water supply and sanitation facilities, and limited opportunities for livelihoods diversification, are exacerbating the negative impacts on the population.


Services de Santé de Qualité pour Haiti

Services de Santé de Qualité pour Haïti (SSQH) is a three-year, $95 million project funded by USAID/Haiti whose objectives are to improve the health of the Haitian population by increasing the quality of primary health care services, health referral networks, facility- and community-based management practices, and enhance the Government of Haiti’s (GOH) capacity to manage and monitor service delivery at the departmental level.


West Africa Sanitation Service Delivery

USAID/West Africa’s Sanitation Service Delivery (SSD) Program seeks to dramatically scale-up sanitation services delivery through market-based approaches that strategically complement the recent policy shifts and massive demand generation efforts in West Africa. The SSD program will develop, test, and scale market-based models, reaching all segments of the unserved population, to achieve and sustain an improved level of sanitation service over time.


Global Environmental Management Support (GEMS)

The Global Environmental Management Support Project (GEMS) provides on-demand environmental compliance, management, capacity-building and sound design support to USAID's Environmental Officers, to USAID Missions and other operating units, and to their projects and programs.

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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.


Putting Local Wealth to Work for Safe Water Access

Peaceful, jacaranda-shaded Embu, Kenya resembles many small cities in East Africa: bustling on market days, dusty and a little sleepy the rest of the week. But, water is always a major concern of its residents.

Though Embu is situated near several rivers in the shadow of Mount Kenya, the county government struggles to bring water to the town and neighboring villages through an aging network of leaky pipes dating to the 1970s. Currently, more than half of people in Embu do not have access to improved water service.