capacity building


Universal Rural Water Access: Ideas and Partners Welcome to Make the Net Work

Achieving universal access to safe, affordable water by 2030 is the immensely challenging target set in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6. As eight out of 10 of those with access to an improved water source live in rural areas, the burden falls on rural water supply professionals to step up to the mark. For 25 years, the Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) has been helping professionals meet, exchange, and learn from each other, and in that time the number of people without access to water in rural areas has declined by more than half a billion.

Fact Sheet

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Finance (WASH-FIN) Fact Sheet

Globally, 663 million people do not have access to safe drinking water and 2.4 billion people lack access to improved sanitation. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 on water sets ambitious targets for universal access to water and sanitation by the year 2030, but an unprecedented mobilization of funding will be required to meet this goal.

Fact Sheet

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Finance (WASH-FIN) Kenya Fact Sheet

Kenya made considerable progress meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) for water; by 2015 82% of the urban and 57% of the rural population had access to an improved water supply. Limited progress was made in sanitation however, with access at 31% in urban and 30% in rural areas. The UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 sets ambitious targets for universal access to water and sanitation by 2030 requiring an unprecedented mobilization of funds.

Press Release

CU Boulder to Lead $15.3 Million Initiative for Sustainable Water and Sanitation for Development

The University of Colorado Boulder has been selected by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead a $15.3 million effort to better understand how to improve the sustainability of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions in the developing world. Globally, more than 2.4 billion people lack access to improved sanitation facilities, and 660 million people are without access to safe drinking water. 

Global Waters Article

Tackling Water Issues Lightens the Load for Garment Workers

The apparel industry employs millions of people throughout the world, a majority of whom are women. In many garment-producing countries women also bear the disproportionate burden for household responsibilities, particularly water collection.

Lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation takes up their time, affects their health, lowers their income-earning potential, and stands in the way of caring for families and improving their education.


Behavior Change Communication/Social Marketing Project

This grant activity will strengthen Malians’ ability to lead healthy, productive lives by promoting malaria prevention and treatment, good nutrition and hygiene practices as well as reproductive health behaviors like family planning. Pairing social and behavior change communication with social marketing, the initiative will inspire households to acquire healthy behaviors and give them access to life-saving health products.


Safe Wash II

The project operates in Nepal’s Far-Western Region, where low access to water and sanitation facilities contributes to decreased socioeconomic development. In 2009, a cholera epidemic in the Farand Mid-Western regions claimed over 300 lives, spurring an increased focus on WASH in these areas. USAID/Nepal’s SAFE-WASH II project is designed to prevent such outbreaks and not only increase accessibility to water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities but to also ensure it reaches the most vulnerable communities.


Gomal Zam Dam and Irrigation Project

The Gomal Zam Irrigation Project is working to provide flood control and a year-round supply of irrigation water in the Tank and Dera Ismail Khan (D.I.Khan) Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Through this project, USAID is funding the construction of an irrigation and drainage system downstream from the Gomal Zam Dam situated in South Waziristan. When completed, the irrigation system will provide nearly 325,000 acre-feet of water annually to irrigate 191,000 acres of farm land in KP.


FATA Capacity Building Program

In Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), socioeconomic development has been inhibited by a lack of development funds. In addition, worsening insecurity in the region is contributing to the gap in development between FATA and the rest of Pakistan. A large infusion of funds expected during the next several years will be critical to create economic opportunities, raise living standards, and bring the seven FATA Agencies and the six Frontier Regions into mainstream Pakistani society.