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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

Despite significant investments over the past 30 years, hundreds of millions of people in Africa still do not have access to basic services or use safely managed drinking water and sanitation facilities. The COVID-19 pandemic further demonstrated the critical importance of sanitation, hygiene, and adequate access to clean water for preventing and containing diseases. To help address the lack of access to water and sanitation services and facilities from a regional perspective, USAID created the WALIS program. WALIS focused on building the capacity of national and regional leaders to capture and apply evidence to deliver improved access to safely managed water and sanitation for all.

For five years, WALIS strengthened the ability of African leaders, institutions, and stakeholders to use data and analyses to shape WASH policies, plans, and budgets while also fortifying regional institutions to better serve the Africa WASH sector. In its sixth and final year, WALIS reinforced core program activities while strengthening the integration of WASH into COVID-19 response and research efforts. DAI led the WALIS Team and engaged with multiple partners and key investors in Africa’s WASH sector.

WALIS’s three Intermediate Results (IRs) were:

  1. WASH Policy and Governance: Foster transparent WASH sector multi-stakeholder leadership for evidence-based decision-making processes and better governance;
  2. Monitoring: Strengthen capacity of regional and national institutions for WASH sector monitoring, evaluation, and reporting; and,
  3. Learning and Knowledge Sharing: Increase levels of coordination, capacity development, communication, knowledge-sharing, and peer-to-peer learning among institutions within the African WASH sector.

 

WALIS Activities 2015-2021 

WALIS Activities 2015-2021

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

Partners

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THE WALIS TEAM AND ITS IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS

DAI engaged 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 included:

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Resources

Combatting COVID-19 in Africa: Lessons Learned Series Volume 5: Financial Impact Assessments Combatting COVID-19 in Africa: Lessons Learned Series Volume 5: Financial Impact Assessments
Case Studies

The financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis have impacted water utilities in Africa, including drastically reducing revenues in the short-term and slowing investments in the long-term, increasing operational costs, and dramatically…
Understanding the WASH Response to COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa: Malawi Case Study Understanding the WASH Response to COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa: Malawi Case Study
Case Studies

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event in the present age that has raised questions about the national emergency Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) response in Africa. In February 2020, USAID tasked the Water for Africa Through…
Understanding the WASH Response to COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa: Madagascar Case Study Understanding the WASH Response to COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa: Madagascar Case Study
Case Studies

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event in the present age that has raised questions about the national emergency Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) response in Africa. In February 2020, USAID tasked the Water for Africa Through…
Understanding the WASH Response to COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa: Liberia Case Study Understanding the WASH Response to COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa: Liberia Case Study
Case Studies

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event in the present age that has raised questions about the national emergency Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) response in Africa. In February 2020, the USAID tasked the Water for Africa Through…
Understanding the WASH Response to COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa Understanding the WASH Response to COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa
Technical Brief

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event in the present age that has raised questions about the national emergency WASH response in Africa. With the COVID-19 and WASH Response Study, the Water for Africa Through Leadership and Institutional…
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…
Combatting COVID-19 in Africa: Lessons Learned Series Volume 3: Senegal Combatting COVID-19 in Africa: Lessons Learned Series Volume 3: Senegal
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), addresses how sanitation is important in fighting both COVID-19 and gender…
Combatting COVID-19 in Africa: Lessons Learned Series Volume 2: Mozambique Combatting COVID-19 in Africa: Lessons Learned Series Volume 2: Mozambique
Case Studies

The African Ministers’ Council on Water and Water for Africa through Leadership and Institutional Support (WALIS) have developed the Lessons Learned Series, which examines emerging experiences, knowledge, opportunities, and challenges of African-led…
Kenyan students wash their hands. Photo credit: Reuters/Alamy Documenting a Common Understanding of the Sanitation Situation in Five African Countries
Blog

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…
Richard Rapier/WALIS Water and Sanitation for All: Senegal Works to Meet WASH Goals
Case Studies

Senegal is actively working to meet the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), despite the low technical capacity of WASH institutions in the country. Senegal is particularly focused on monitoring and evaluation…
WALIS Country Sanitation Profiles
Report

2020 Sanitation Profile: Ethiopia 2020 Sanitation Profile: Ghana 2020 Sanitation Profile: Madagascar 2020 Profil: Madagascar (Français) Profil de l’assainissement 2020 : Madagascar (Français) 2020 Sanitation Profile: Mozambique Perfil…
thumbnail Combatting COVID-19 in Africa: Lessons Learned Series Volume 1: Tanzania
Case Studies

USAID’s Water for Africa through Leadership and Institutional Support (WALIS) project focuses on building the capacity of sub-Saharan Africa’s national and regional leaders to capture and apply evidence in the development of policies, strategies,…
A girl catches water in her hands from a pump.PHOTO: Jake Lyell/Alamy WALIS Year Six Fact Sheet
Fact Sheet

  Despite significant investments over the past 30 years, hundreds of millions of Africans still do not have access to basic services or safely managed drinking water and sanitation facilities. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the…
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
Blog

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…
brief thumbnail Laying the Foundation for Sanitation Revolution in Africa: WALIS Technical Brief
Technical Brief

After the slow progress made by African countries in meeting sanitation-related Millennium Development Goal targets, African governments and sector stakeholders renewed efforts to realize an African sanitation revolution via the “AfricaSan” movement…
Photo credit: ABC Bros/WALIS USAID Water for Africa through Leadership and Institutional Support (WALIS) Program Summary
Summary

The Water for Africa through Leadership and Institutional Support (WALIS) Program reflects the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s latest thinking on achieving transformative improvements in access to clean water and improved…

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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
Blog

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
Blog

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
Blog

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
Blog

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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