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USAID Launches Water Strategy and Announces DIV WASH Grantees

by Portal Web Editor last modified May 26, 2013 07:29 PM
Contributors: USAID
On Tuesday, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah joined members of Congress - Senator Richard Durbin, Senator Chris Coons, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, and Congressman Ted Poe - to release the U.S. Government's first Water and Development Strategy. The goal of the USAID Water and Development Strategy is to save lives and improve development in a world where practically 800 million people are without adequate water and 2.5 billion people are without access to adequate sanitation. The strategy sets out two overarching objectives: improve global health and strengthen global food security through USAID-supported water programs.

"This new U.S. Water and Development Strategy will help lift poor people around the world out of conflict and poverty.  It is smart, strategic, and builds on our past successes using new breakthroughs in science and technology," Senator Durbin said. "It will save water and it will save lives. USAID's new plan will bring water and sanitation - the most basic of human needs - to millions of people around the globe, dousing the flames of global poverty, disease, and conflict."

Improving human health and welfare, having adequate nutrition to thrive, and maintaining the sustainability of natural systems requires a coordinated global response to the challenges of water and sanitation access for present and future generations. "We will achieve greater impact by partnering with outside organizations and businesses that leverage innovative approaches and new technologies. This approach will also emphasize sustainability by building local capacities for operations, maintenance, and monitoring," said Administrator Shah.

This strategy reflects the commitment of the U.S. Government to work in partnership with the global community to meet these challenges.

In addition to the water strategy launch, Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) announced seven new winners in the Agency's open competition for development ideas. These projects are co-funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID's Development Innovation Ventures WASH for Life Partnership - an initiative to support DIV grantees improving water, sanitation and hygiene in developing countries. These seven grantees are testing new and cost-effective solutions to water challenges around the world.

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