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Satellite Imagery Helps Countries Monitor Changing Water Conditions

SERVIR, a joint NASA and USAID initiative, is building the capacity of water resources departments in national governments in South Asia to use satellite data and hydrologic model products to improve water resource assessments. In Afghanistan and other countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalaya, SERVIR is helping government departments manage their water resources during the critical low-flow period, as well as during roaring floods.

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Fact Sheet: Afghanistan Strengthening Watershed and Irrigation Management (SWIM)

The Strengthening Watershed and Irrigation Management (SWIM) project supports sustainable, agriculture-led economic growth by increasing the sustainable and productive use of water and strengthening water resource management. Specifically, SWIM:

  • Increases the sustainable and productive use of water for agriculture in targeted areas;
  • Strengthens the water regulatory environment; and
  • Strengthens local entities to manage water resources.

Last updated: July 2017

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Strengthening Watershed and Irrigation Management

The Strengthening Watershed and Irrigation Management (SWIM) project supports sustainable, agriculture-led economic growth by increasing the sustainable and productive use of water and strengthening water resource management. Specifically, SWIM will:

  • Increase the sustainable and productive use of water for agriculture in targeted areas;
  • Strengthen the water regulatory environment; and
  • Strengthen local entities to manage water resources.
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Regional WASH Innovation Challenge

The purpose of the Regional WASH Innovation Challenge will be to identify innovative solutions to promote handwashing with soap that can be implemented to scale in the South Asia region. The promotion will focus on:

  • Improving education and awareness of handwashing with soap, identifying the benefits of using soap, understanding of proper handwashing techniques, and critical times for handwashing;
  • Behaviour change, resulting in and sustaining the increase of good practice of handwashing with soap, using proper techniques and at critical times; and
  • Health impact where the incidence of diarrhoeal diseases and respiratory infections is reduced, improving children’s health and mitigating the risk of preventable child deaths.
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Project Profile: Emergency Water Grants in Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Saving Lives and Preparing Communities for Future Disasters through Emergency Planning

Emergency Water Grants in Afghanistan | 2015–2017

Afghanistan is extremely prone to disasters, both natural and man-made. When disaster strikes, one of the most urgent tasks for emergency responders is to restore access to safe drinking water. Clean water staves off waterborne disease outbreaks, such as cholera, that often follow crises. 

Evaluation

Retrospective Performance Evaluation of the Afghan Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation Project

USAID/Afghanistan’s $443 million investment in the Afghan Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation (SWSS) activity is one of the Agency’s largest single investments in sustainable rural water supply delivery. The project installed about 2,123 wells with hand pumps across Afghanistan from 2009–2012. This report presents findings from a retrospective evaluation of a random selection of wells with hand pumps installed under the SWSS project.