World Water Week 2022

During this session our panel of experts will present an overview of prevailing groundwater development and management challenges in the South African Development Community (SADC) region and discuss interventions for groundwater governance through improvement of policy, legal and institutional frameworks, effective groundwater knowledge management, and mainstreaming groundwater governance into River Basin Organizations.      The…

Bolstering Jordan’s Water Sector Governance

Jordan is one of the most water-scarce countries in the world. Experts predict the country will experience extreme water poverty by 2025 unless the water sector prioritizes governance strengthening, improved financial performance, and sustainable management of water supplies. USAID/Jordan’s Water Governance Activity (WGA) works with Jordan’s Ministry of Water and Irrigation to promote sustainable water…

Next-Generation Urban WASH Requires Transparent, Innovative Governance

In the first blog entry in this series, More than Pipes and Pumps: Good Governance Drives Improved WASH, we describe how governance is central to meeting the challenges that rapid urbanization poses for provision of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services. In this entry, we focus specifically on how improved WASH governance can enable technological innovations,…

More than Pipes and Pumps: Good Governance Drives Improved WASH

We live in an increasingly urban world with infrastructure and essential services struggling to keep pace. From the current level of 56% in 2020, the United Nations (UN) projects that 68% of the world’s population will be urban by 2050. Many of the world’s fastest growing populations over this period are projected to be rapidly…

Building Resilience into a River Basin

Along the Limpopo River, USAID is tackling severe water and sanitation challenges in targeted municipalities and protected areas from the river’s source in South Africa to its mouth at the Indian Ocean on the coast of Mozambique. This success story highlights how the Resilient Waters Program’s support to local municipalities living around the river to…

Working the System for Improved Water and Sanitation Services

Prompted by winter storm Uri, Texans experienced one of the largest blackouts in U.S. history last February. Loss of power, coupled with pump failures and burst pipes, led to a boil-water notice for more than 14 million residents. Many died of hypothermia and carbon-monoxide poisoning while trying to stay warm. CBS News reported the storm…

Vital for Life: Systems Thinking + Climate Change Adaptation = Improved Water Security

With the need for basic water services on the rise in lower-income countries, how can a systems approach ensure water and sanitation interventions are resilient to the impacts of external factors like COVID-19 and climate change? This event explored mainstreaming adaptation into water programs through a deeper understanding of the dynamic relationships of all stakeholders…

Dependable Water and Sanitation Services in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), people living in peri-urban regions lack adequate water services. Unlike services in the rural and urban areas, peri-urban water services are fragmented. Government responsibilities for it are unclear, while mandates go unfunded. In the country’s Kasai Oriental and Lomami provinces, the 2.5 million peri-urban residents rely on…

Osama Amad

Since 2019, Mr. Amad has managed the wastewater component of the USAID Lebanon Community Support Program, leading implementation of several sustainable municipal wastewater infrastructure interventions and industrial pretreatment technologies. He has more than 30 years of design, construction, and operations & maintenance experience in the water/wastewater sector. Prior to Chemonics, Mr. Amad was a superintendent…

Final Report: USAID Southern Africa Regional Environmental Program

Between June 2010 and December 2016, the USAID Southern Africa Regional Environmental Program (SAREP) provided technical support to the Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission to enable it to meet elements of the objectives in its strategic action plan, while responding to other related needs in areas adjacent to the basin. From the onset, SAREP…

Eric Viala

Eric Viala is a civil engineer with 30 years of international experience in water resource and irrigation engineering. Mr. Viala has worked in more than 30 countries, including long-term assignments in Bangladesh, Egypt, Ethiopia, Lebanon, and Morocco. In addition to specializing in water/irrigation engineering and management, water policy reform and institutional strengthening, water supply, wastewater…

Supplying Safe Water to Rural Tajikistan

In Tajikistan, rural communities lack access to essential goods and services, which contributes to a high prevalence of childhood undernutrition, stunting, and other poor health issues. Increasing access to clean water and sanitation can improve these outcomes. The USAID Rural Water Supply (RWS) Activity partners with local governments, communities, and businesses to develop and improve…