Improving WATSAN Services in the MENA Region through the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association

Despite massive infrastructure investments, nearly millions of citizens in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region lack adequate access to potable water. Wastewater management in some areas is markedly worse. Once water-balanced MENA countries are now running water deficits. Regional governments and local utilities agree that the benefits of multimillion-dollar infrastructure investments will be short-lived without proper operations and maintenance (O&M) management by a capable and qualified workforce.

Water Currents

Water Currents: World Water Day 2017

Water Currents is produced biweekly by USAID’s E3 Water Office. Each issue contains recent news and articles on water sector issues, partner and donor updates, latest sector research, and a special focus on one topic. Please provide your feedback and suggestions by contacting the waterteam@usaid.gov.

Learning Brief

Better Fecal Sludge Management in Côte d’Ivoire

The Sanitation Service Delivery (SSD) project is a USAID/West Africa urban sanitation project being implemented in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, and Ghana by Population Services International (PSI) in collaboration with PATH and Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP).



In Asia and the Pacific, widespread migration to urban centers is placing tremendous stress on urban water and sanitation services. Across Asian cities, 340 million people lack access to safe water supply and more than 680 million do not have sustainable sanitation services, leading to increased risks of waterborne illnesses and lost economic productivity. While decision-makers in the Asia-Pacific region achieved and are continuing to improve upon the U.N.

Online Course

Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies

Do you want to learn how to plan affordable and context-specific sanitation solutions? Do you want to be updated on the newest developments in urban sanitation planning and programming? Do you want to get insights about best practices examples of urban sanitation systems in low- and middle-income countries? If yes, this course is for you!

This course is an introduction – the only requirements are an Internet connection and an interest in the topic. A general background in environmental or civil engineering, urban planning or geography would help to fully benefit from this course.


High Five ("High 5") Programs Endline Survey

Diarrhea has been the main public health problem in Indonesia. The lastest Survey of Demography and Health in Indonesia (SDKI) indicates that 44 children in 1000 die before their fifth birthday in Indonesia and diarrhea is the main cause of death. Several studies (Fewtrell et al, 2005; Curtis, 2003) indicate that hygiene and sanitation practices are an important key to reducing the incidence of diarrhea. However, the hygiene and sanitation that is not practiced correctly or consistently within households in the community in general, hence endangering infants and children at risk .


High Five ("High 5") Programs Midline Household Survey

The Indonesian government launched the Community-Based Total Sanitation (CBTS) Program in 2007 to improve hygiene and sanitation practices in households, thereby reducing the incidence of diarrhea, the second leading cause of infant mortality. The program consists of five hygiene and sanitation pillars, namely:


Final Performance Evaluation of the Public Action for Water, Energy and Environment Project (PAP)

The purpose of evaluating the Public Action for Water, Energy and Environment Project (PAP) is to assess its approach and outcomes in order to guide future program design. The evaluation considers effectiveness of mechanisms and implementation practices, lessons learned, sustainability of PAP relationships with counterparts, and behavior change among consumers and institutions relative to energy and water conservation, and solid waste management.


Water Reuse and Environmental Conservation Project (WRECP) - Aqaba Mechanical Wastewater Treatment Plant Preliminary Evaluation Report

The USAID Water Reuse and Environmental Conservation Project (WRECP) works throughout Jordan in institutional capacity building, pollution prevention for industries, solid waste and wastewater management, and water reuse. The project goal is to protect and conserve scarce resources through regulation, education, and coordination with industry, local communities and the private sector. A major component of the program includes pollution prevention and industrial water management.