In the “Global Water and Development Report of Water and Sanitation Activities FY 2017,” USAID charts its progress toward achieving the goal of providing 15 million people with sustainable access to safe drinking water services and 8 million people with sustainable sanitation by 2022.
In FY 2017, USAID provided $449.6 million to support water, sanitation, and hygiene activities in 41 countries. As a result, 3.6 million people gained access to improved water while 3.2 million gained access to improved sanitation.
The annual report also touches on individual’s journeys to self-reliance, for example:
- A community mobilizer in India marketing safe water kiosks to her neighbors
- A homeowner in Indonesia who can now afford to build a septic tank system with funds from a community savings account
- A mother in the Dominican Republic who has traded a wetland for the open sewer that used to run through her backyard
- A regional water bureau manager in Ethiopia who can remotely monitor water point functionality through a data visualization platform