USAID changed its water and sanitation priorities and it makes a lot of sense | Source: by Bree Dyer, Global Citizen, Jan 26, 2016.
In 2014 the US Congress passed the Water for the World Act, a bill that is designed to address the needs of over one-third of the world’s population who lack access to basic sanitation or clean water. With this legislation the President and US Government are required to define USAID priority countries for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). These countries are where a major investment will be made to significantly increase access to safe drinking water and sanitation.
Yesterday, USAID released the first list of 13 priority countries that will receive aid during the 2016 fiscal year. Being selected as a priority country means that the countries will see an increase in water, sanitation and hygiene standards.
The list of priority countries for 2016 is:
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- South Sudan
- West Bank/Gaza
These countries were chosen based on their level of need, and the level of their commitment. Need was assessed through global data sets on the number and proportion of people with access to safe drinking water and sanitation, as well as the rates of under-five child mortality due to diarrheal disease.
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