WASH for Life

Children holding their hands up to the camera

To support promising new approaches in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene sector, USAID's Development Innovation Ventures, with co-funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has launched WASH for Life (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene for Life). DIV will use this $17 million partnership to identify, test, and transition to scale promising approaches to achieving cost-effective, sustained, scalable water, sanitation, and health (WASH) services in developing countries.

Today, more than 1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water, and populations who nominally have "improved service" suffer problems of both water quality and service reliability. 2.6 billion people lack access to safe sanitation, of which 1.1 billion people practice open defecation, meaning they have no sanitation facilities at all. These failings have a profound effect on public health around the world. Diarrhea alone kills nearly 2 million people worldwide each year, of which 1.5 million are children. Nearly 90 percent of diarrhea is attributed to unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene, and researchers estimate that effective sanitation services alone can reduce diarrheal disease by up to 45 percent.

Over the next four years, WASH for Life will identify and rigorously test new WASH technologies and delivery models, and then scale and replicate those that are proven successful. Although projects addressing problems in any WASH area or any country may apply, WASH for Life is particularly interested in interventions that:

  • Operate in the following priority countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya and/or Nigeria;
  • Address issues in the sanitation and hygiene sectors in particular; and
  • Target beneficiaries earning under $2 a day (PPP adjusted).

Last updated: February 15, 2013

Share This Page