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Resource Collection

Urban

By 2050 an estimated two-thirds of the global population will live in an urban area. USAID and local partners work with water utilities and wastewater managers around the world to improve financing, governance, infrastructure, and service provision to strengthen urban water security and improve sanitation. This collection page contains resources showcasing best practices and lessons learned for WASH infrastructure and services in urban settings.

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Strengthening Urban Indonesia’s Water and Sanitation Systems: Geser si Jahat (Out with the Bad) and the 1,000 Rupiah Healthy Toilets Movement

In Indonesia, safe sanitation is a big challenge that goes beyond just access to a toilet. The vast majority of the country’s human waste is released untreated into the environment with devastating consequences — approximately 100,000 children across Indonesia die every year from diarrheal diseases. In fact, approximately 90 percent of groundwater in Jakarta, the country’s massive capital city, is contaminated with E.

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Engaging the Private Sector in Green Infrastructure Development and Financing: A Pathway Toward Building Urban Climate Resilience

Through case study analyses, this report provides recommendations for steps that city officials and the donor community can take to engage private sector partners in green infrastructure development and financing in developing countries. This report is intended to be a complementary resource to USAID’s Green Infrastructure Resource Guide (2017), which provides development practitioners involved in the planning and development of green infrastructure with an in depth understanding of their design and benefits.

 

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Republic of the Congo Tackles Soil Erosion Crisis

In September 2018, the U.S. Embassy in Republic of the Congo, together with the U.S. Water Partnership, arranged for two erosion experts from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to visit the city of Brazzaville and provide recommendations on treatment and prevention of catastrophic gully erosion that has resulted from planned and unplanned urban development. USFS staff traveled to Congo under the Water Experts Program, a cooperative effort between the U.S. Water Partnership and the U.S. Department of State that deploys American experts to provide technical assistance on water issues.

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Using Green Infrastructure to Mitigate Urban Flood Risk

With a population of more than 1.5 million people, Udon Thani province in northeastern Thailand is growing and industrializing rapidly as it positions itself as a strategic communications and commercial gateway to Indo-China. While these changes will contribute to economic growth, these shifts along with likely future temperature increases and more extreme weather patterns will also put Udon Thani at a greater risk of water scarcity, flooding, and loss of green space.  Since 2013, the U.S.

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Ahmedabad Sanitation Action Lab

The Ahmedabad Sanitation Action Lab develops inclusive solutions to urban sanitation problems in slums and poor settlements of Ahmedabad. The program provides hands-on technical assistance, community engagement, and improves the management process to strengthen the water and sanitation partnership with the Government of Gujarat, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Sintex Industries, Mahila Housing Trust, City Manager’s Association of Gujarat, Mudra Institute of Communications, and Theater Media Center.

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Urban Small Water Enterprise

The Urban Small Water Enterprise program addresses the challenge of providing safe water in urban slums by assessing the policy landscape around Small Water Enterprises (SWE), understanding the challenges and key drivers of success and providing tools to support the implementation of SWEs. An SWE is a business that purifies and sells water on a small scale to populations living in areas where piped water is unavailable.