Strengthening Private Sector Partnerships to Improve WASH Access
In 2020, USAID continued to make headway on its journey toward reaching its WASH programming objectives as outlined in the Agency’s Water and Development Plan under the U.S. Government Global Water Strategy. To more effectively drive progress toward these goals, the Agency strategically enlisted the help of the private sector to develop and deploy sustainable WASH solutions at scale. For instance, USAID and partners have been busy supporting market-based sanitation approaches that engage small and medium enterprises in the provision of affordable and aspirational products and services (such as latrines, septic tank emptying, and handwashing stations) that encourages entrepreneurship, fuels local job creation, and improves public health. The Agency teamed up with the global sanitation company LIXIL, for example, to expand access to their innovative SaTo product line in priority countries.
Putting the U.S. Government Global Water Strategy into Action
Since its release in 2017, the first-ever U.S. Government Global Water Strategy has guided the programming efforts of more than 16 agencies spread across the federal government as we collectively work to enhance water security, improve water resources management, and strengthen public health around the world. Over the past year, this work has included innovative efforts to strengthen resilience to droughts and floods, with USAID helping countries implement early warning systems that encourage proactive management of scarce water resources. The Agency and its partners have also harnessed the power of science and cutting-edge technology to develop water-conserving irrigation schemes; promote treated wastewater as means to enhance agricultural water security; and identify promising aquifer water storage sites using remote sensing, geospatial analysis, and surface water modeling.
As USAID works to reach 15 million people with sustainable access to safe drinking water services and 8 million people with sustainable access to sanitation services by 2022, we have documented our recent progress with the release of the Agency’s latest Global Water and Development Report. And just last month, we reaffirmed our commitment to deepening engagement with 18 countries through the release of our Water for the World High-Priority Country Plans. These plans detail how USAID will collaborate with development partners, government entities, and the private sector to sustainably improve safe access WASH in the years ahead.