USAID’s Community-Managed Water and Sanitation project improves water governance. Through a system of community water management activities, we help ensure affordability of water for consumers and the maintenance of water infrastructures. An important component of this system is creation and empowerment of community water and sanitation management structures through social mobilization. We also assist local administrations to plan and implement the system in their jurisdiction.
For decades, implementers have applied water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and nutrition-based interventions—alone and in a variety of combinations—to address diarrheal disease and stunting among infants and young children (IYC) in low- and middle-income countries. Given the extensive and intensive efforts, why aren’t we seeing more progress?
According to USAID Global Health Bureau’s Engage HCD and others, human-centered design is a way of thinking and problem solving that places the people you're trying to serve and other important stakeholders at the center of the design and implementation process. This issue features lessons learned on using the HCD approach in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector as well as other sectors. It also includes general HCD resources such as manuals and online courses.
On April 5, USAID held a webinar to discuss findings from the recent report from the USAID-funded WASHPaLS Project, "Toward a Hygienic Environment for Infants and Young Children: A Review of the Literature."