Two-thirds of the world’s population is at risk of living in severe water stress conditions by 2025. At this moment, as many as 800 million people are without access to clean drinking water.
Limited access to this essential need adversely affects individuals, communities, economies and ecosystems around the world, especially in developing countries. Ensuring its sustainable use is critical to saving lives, promoting sustainable development and achieving humanitarian goals. Its importance cannot be ignored.
In March, USAID announced the availability of its first global Water and Development Strategy Implementation Field Guide to help address global water-related development needs.
The guide, now available on the Agency website, is intended to serve as a reference tool to help USAID Operating Units understand and implement a five-year strategy to refine and focus USAID’s approach to water programming, as well as ensure coordination of public efforts with the broader water sector.
The goal of the strategy is to save lives and advance development through improvements in water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs, and through the sound management and use of water for food security.
To achieve this goal the Strategy focuses on two key strategic objectives:
- Water for Health: Improve health outcomes through the provision of sustainable WASH
- Water for Food: Manage water for agriculture sustainably and more productively to enhance food security
The document also provides the following overview resources:
- The geographic focus across both strategic objectives above
- The intended procedures and expectations for operationalizing the strategy and transitioning the Agency’s water portfolio to align with it;
- Key principles, best practices and approaches for programming related to the two strategic objectives;
- Specific funding parameters related to programming in each of the two strategic objectives, including eligible attribution of water directive funding;
- Expectations of operating units (OUs) related to monitoring, evaluation, and reporting, including required indicators, timing, and procedures for annual performance reporting; and
- Expected contributions of OUs to ongoing Agency knowledge management, collaboration, and learning in the water sector.