Water for Africa Through Leadership and Institutional Support (WALIS)

WALIS provides technical, programmatic, administrative, and logistical support to improve the capacity of African water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector.

South Africa Children Collecting Water. Photo Credit: Reuters-Alamy Stock Photo

Overview

Pathway to Sustainable WASH Services

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Girl Getting Water. Photo Credit: Nick Fox- Alamy Stock Photo

Partners

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THE WALIS TEAM AND ITS IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS

DAI engages many implementing partners to form a dynamic and responsive team to build the capacity and competency of national and regional decision-makers in Africa’s WASH sector. Our team includes:

REGIONAL WASH STAKEHOLDERS

WALIS engages its stakeholders to enhance its other activities, increase knowledge exchange, and build leadership in the African water and sanitation sector through learning events, convening partners to build on its past and current activities, and push out multimedia content on strong leadership in the sector.

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Resources

The African WASH Ministers’ Guide to Finance The African WASH Ministers’ Guide to Finance
Brief

This guide, produced by the USAID Water for Africa through Leadership and Institutional Support (WALIS) program and the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) provides an overview for African WASH ministers and their teams of essential finance-…
Financing Africa’s Future with Access to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Financing Africa’s Future with Access to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
Blog

In my home country of Ghana, while 81% of people have access to at least basic drinking water services, only 18% have access to at least basic sanitation services (USAID). Across the African continent, more than 400 million people do not have access…
Combatting COVID-19 in Africa: Lessons Learned Series Volume 4: Nigeria Combatting COVID-19 in Africa: Lessons Learned Series Volume 4: Nigeria
Case Studies

This case study, part of the Lesson Learned Series by African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) and Water for Africa Through Leadership and Institutional Support (WALIS), highlights a small NGO in Nigeria working to improve the health of low-…
The African Ministers’ WASH Finance Brief The African Ministers’ WASH Finance Brief
Technical Brief

All African countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calling for universal and equitable access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene by 2030. But at current rates of progress, it will be another 150 years before the continent…
WALIS COVID-19 Response Video WALIS COVID-19 Response Video
Video

This video captures the USAID Water for Africa Through Leadership and Institutional Support (WALIS) response to COVID-19 in Senegal in interviews with local leaders and project staff (in French, with English subtitles). Since 2018, USAID’s WALIS…

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Blog

Check out blogs by or about the WALIS program.

Financing Africa’s Future with Access to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Financing Africa’s Future with Access to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
Blog

In my home country of Ghana, while 81% of people have access to at least basic drinking water services, only 18% have access to at least basic sanitation services (USAID). Across the African continent, more than 400 million people do not have access…
Kenyan students wash their hands. Photo credit: Reuters/Alamy Documenting a Common Understanding of the Sanitation Situation in Five African Countries
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The COVID-19 pandemic has undeniably raised awareness of the water and sanitation crisis in many of Africa’s developing nations. The enormous sanitation and hygiene challenges and opportunities were evident as the pandemic hit Africa and will only…
Uganda is one of many African countries committed to improving sanitation services and access with USAID support. Photo credit: Julia Eigner/WALIS USAID Supports a Sanitation Revolution in Africa
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Sustainable access to sanitation and hygiene has consistently lagged behind access to water in both the Millennium Development Goals (2000–2015) and the Sustainable Development Goals (2015–2030). According to the United Nations, six out of every 10…
USAID’s Water Resources Integration Development Initiative (WARIDI) activity in Tanzania provides training and internship opportunities for young female engineers working in the water sector. Photo credit: USAID WARIDI The Capacity Gap: Addressing Human Resource Needs in the WASH Sector
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Low levels of investment in recruitment, education, and skills development in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector have resulted in significant shortages of skilled professionals needed to sustain WASH interventions and to satisfy the…
High-resolution satellite imagery helps determine the spatial extent of aquatic vegetation and chlorophyll concentrations in Lac de Guiers. Photo credit: Richard Rapier Remote Sensing to Power Senegal’s Water Use
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Lac de Guiers is a complex ecosystem south of the vast rice paddies along the Senegal River Delta in the Louga and Saint-Louis regions of Senegal.  Not only does the lake and its surrounding land comprise an important bird area, fisheries, and…

Rwanda encourages citizen participation in decision making at all levels of public administration under a practice called “Imihigo.” Photo credit: HTSPE/DAI

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