USAID and Gates Foundation – Innovative Solutions for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene

July 19, 2011 – USAID and Gates Foundation Collaborate to Seek, Test, and Scale Innovative Solutions for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene

WASHINGTON, D.C. – To support promising new approaches in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) sector, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), with co-funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is announcing WASH for Life.

Over the next four years, the $17 million partnership will use USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) program to identify, test, and help scale evidence-based approaches for cost-effective and sustained services in developing countries.

WASH for Life is particularly interested in interventions that operate in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, and Nigeria; address issues in the sanitation and hygiene sectors in particular; and target beneficiaries earning under $2 a day.

DIV seeks promising projects with the potential to significantly improve development outcomes. DIV supports innovators by creating partnerships, providing staged financing, rigorously testing and refining new approaches, and transitioning to scale successful innovations.

For more information and to apply to WASH for Life, visit: www.usaid.gov/div/washforlife.

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