Capacity Building

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Applying a Sustainability Lens to Past Projects to Inform the Future

Sustainable WASH investments underpin USAID’s Water and Development Plan. Achieving sustainability requires country partners and communities to have ownership of processes and systems in place to ensure that inputs and resources are able to be sustained after an activity ends. Monitoring and evaluation during activity implementation provide insight into USAID-funded activities' performance, but after the activity ends it is difficult to know if the outcomes observed will be sustained.

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Harnessing the Power of Interagency Cooperation to Advance Disaster Preparedness

Since 2005, USAID and NASA’s joint SERVIR project has been helping communities across the world better prepare for natural disasters. Working in close​ ​collaboration with local scientists and development partners via a series of regional hubs in Africa and Asia, SERVIR combines NASA’s state-of-the-art scientific innovations and satellite technology with USAID’s extensive development know-how and global reach to streamline rural communities’ benefits of satellite data.

Project

USAID Water and Sanitation Project

The WATSAN project began in December 2017 with the primary goal to reduce the prevalence of cholera and other waterborne diseases by laying foundation for a long-term, sustained effort to increase access to safe drinking water and sanitation in Haiti – this improving the health and well-being of Haitians. Specifically, WATSAN seeks to increase access to sustainable water supply services; increase access to sustainable sanitation services; and strengthen the enabling environment for sustainable delivery, operation, and maintenance of WASH services.

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Making Sludge Removal a Better Business

In West Africa, sanitation access for the urban poor is extremely low. A significant portion of the population living in informal settlements resorts to open defecation, and those that have sanitation access often share a poorly maintained latrine with multiple families. Cholera outbreaks are not unusual. And prohibitive prices for fecal sludge collection services—a necessity for the type of onsite sanitation in these neighborhoods—stop many landlords and poor households from investing in latrines and proper waste disposal.

Report

Cambodia Investor Landscape Assessment Report

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Finance (WASH-FIN) project seeks to close financing gaps to achieve universal access to water and sanitation services through sustainable and creditworthy business models, increased public funding, and expanded market finance for infrastructure investment. A large financing gap exists in the  Cambodian water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector; the private sector has been identified as a key player in bridging this gap. 

Project

Northern Uganda Water Supply Services

The Northern Uganda Water Supply Services Project (NUWATER (formally NUWSS) was a three-year initiative funded by USAID/Uganda. The NUWATER contract was signed on June 10, 2008, more than a year after the original feasibility study that provided the foundation for project design, for a period of 36 months and a total life-of-project funding of just under $3 million. The objective of the project was to assist the local authorities with reestablishing their water supply services with initial focus on the northern Uganda towns of Kitgum and Pader.

Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: SAREL (Sahel Resilience Learning Project)

Following repeated large-scale humanitarian emergencies in the Sahel Region USAID recognized that continuing to treat these recurrent crises as acute emergencies is extremely costly and does not effectively address their underlying causes. Thus, USAID’s Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced (RISE) initiative realigned existing and new humanitarian and development assistance efforts to strengthen resilience in agro-pastoral and marginal agriculture livelihood zones of the Sahel.