After a brief hiatus, USAID’s “Global Waters” magazine is back to bring you water-related stories from around the world!
The magazine continues to provide a visually captivating look at the experiences and views of top development professionals and beneficiaries through a new and improved online format. We hope you enjoy the latest articles. – The Water Team.
Features/articles in this issue include:
- Global Waters Radio: Chris Holmes on Water, Jobs, and Gender Equity
- Making Sanitation Services Affordable in Indonesia’s Cities
- Celebrating Water Heroes
- Breaking the Taboo: How School WASH Impacts Girls’ Education
- Putting Local Wealth to Work for Safe Water Access
- Changing the Landscape for Africa’s Urban Water Services
- Incubating Innovation: Solutions for a Parched Earth
USAID Ethiopia Water Fact Sheet, March 2016. USAID Ethiopia.
Water cuts across nearly every aspect of USAID programming. Used for drinking, hygiene, and health care, water is also needed to irrigate crops, feed livestock and develop renewable energy. Scarce water supplies can become potential sources of conflict.
USAID incorporates WASH activities within its governance, health, nutrition, resilience and emergency assistance activities with a focus on sustainability. USAID also helps strengthen the Ethiopian Government’s capacity to coordinate WASH and water resource management.
USAID and Global Waters Support Water and Jobs on World Water Day 2016
World Water Day , held every March 22, is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of water to sustainable development and offers the opportunity to reflect on progress made and challenges ahead.
This year’s UN-designated theme, Water and Jobs , focuses on the power that water and jobs have to transform people’s lives—nearly all jobs are related to water in some way. Water is vital to sustainable development. Access to safe and sufficient water supply, along with improved sanitation and hygiene, can unleash the economic potential of individuals and entire communities.
Through our ongoing water activities, USAID and its partners are lowering the number of people who face water insecurity and suffering from water-related diseases around the globe. Learn more about USAID’s Water and Sanitation Programs.
On World Water Day USAID is launching a new format for its Global Waters online magazine. Features in this issue include:
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USAID/Rwanda’s Rwandan Rural Sanitation Program (RRSP RFA is now open and has a closing date of April 18, 2016.
The goal of the Rwandan Rural Sanitation Activity (RRSA) is to improve access to and encourage correct, consistent use of household sanitation and hygiene facilities in order to decrease childhood stunting and support the Government of Rwanda’s (GoR) work in sanitation.
The RFA can be found at www.grants.gov or directly at
Please pass it on to any organization you believe might be interested to apply.
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USAID is developing a new web portal that could potentially serve as a centralized resource for Agency staff, partners and the public on global water issues. The portal is being designed as a hub for news, technical content, program and country information and data on Agency-wide water sector activities.
The below brief and voluntary survey will help USAID determine what content and features would be of greatest use to the water and development community. The entire survey should take less than 5 minutes for you to complete.
For more information please contact the E3/Water Office – Communications and Knowledge Management team at email@example.com.
Link to the survey: http://ow.ly/XC1Xq
This BAA serves to inform the public of the opportunity for potential funding from USAID to address the sustainability of WASH service delivery. The BAA includes specific requirements for evaluation criteria and administrative information, such as formatting and deadlines.
USAID and other development organizations struggle with the sustainability of their WASH sector investments. Over the last 20 years, failed hand pumps in Africa represent a total lost investment of between $1.2 and $1.5 billion, with 30-40% of rural water systems failing prematurely, and more than half of all subsidized toilets are unused, misused or abandoned.
Fewer than 5% of WASH projects are visited after project conclusion. USAID defines sustainable WASH as being “achieved when country partners and communities take ownership of the service and there are local systems to deliver inputs needed to maintain results and deliver impacts beyond the life of USAID projects.”
Through the BAA process, USAID seeks to address the lack of sustainability of WASH programming by partnering with one or more organizations with advanced technical knowledge of the WASH sector and systems analysis.
This partnership will design, develop, and test a new methodology for using systems analysis, multi-stakeholder initiatives and continuous learning and information dissemination to improve the impact and sustainability of USAID WASH programming.
The Performance Objective is to develop and test a systems-based methodology for improved sustainability in WASH programming that will be used to better understand and engage the local system in their WASH activities.
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.
Image: Flickr, USAID
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.
Read the complete article.