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AfricaSan Awards is now open for nominations

Are you an outstanding sanitation and hygiene professional working in Africa? The AMCOW AfricaSan Awards is looking for your nomination. Candidates can submit the nominations no later than January 9, 2019, all information available here. The AfricaSan 5 will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, on February 18-22.

The AfricaSan Award aims to raise the profile of sanitation and hygiene by drawing attention to successful approaches, promoting excellence in leadership, innovation in sanitation and hygiene improvements in Africa, and providing incentives for action to ensuring that sanitation and hygiene can be accessed by all, everywhere, and every time required.

Individuals, non-governmental organizations, ministries, state corporations, and government departments working in hygiene and sanitation can be nominated. The award focus on the following areas:

  1. Innovative Monitoring Systems Award
  2. Equity and Inclusion Award
  3. Innovative policy and Institutional Reform Award
  4. Trail Blazing Private Sector Award
  5. Research and Technical Innovation Awards
  6. Youthful Actors Award
  7. High Level political leadership Award

The nominations must be submitted to For any questions or concerns, please reach out to with the subject line ‘AfricaSan Awards Inquiries’.

USAID WASH in the News


USAID WASH in the News

We scour global news sources to find the latest stories featuring USAID’s work in the water sector (so you don’t have to). Check in for weekly updates to this page or let us know if you have an item to share.

Latest news items

  • Central Asian Water Experts Share Experience: Smart Waters Launched a Series of Webinars
  • India – Capacity Building Program for Municipal Corporation Officials by WASH Lab under IHUWASH Project
  • Liberia – US Water Projects Dedicated in 3 Counties
  • Bill Frist – Water Wars Won’t Be Won on a Battlefield

More news items.

Bill Frist – Water wars won’t be won on a battlefield

Bill Frist – Water wars won’t be won on a battlefield. The Hill, December 2, 2018.

It’s an astonishing finding: “Two countries engaged in active water cooperation” will “not go to war, for any reason.” According to an extensive analysis by global issues think tank Strategic Foresight Group, it was found in examining 146 countries that share rivers, lakes and other freshwater resources, that “countries enjoying peaceful co-existence have active water cooperation and countries facing risk of war have low or no water cooperation.” frist

In fact, water is a popular target for terrorists. According to a U.S. Homeland Security report, between 2013 and 2015, ISIS alone launched nearly 20 major attacks against Syrian and Iraqi water infrastructure. When ISIS seized the Fallujah Dam, it gained dangerous leverage over local governments and populations by cutting off water to Christian, Kurdish, and Muslim minorities.

Bashar Assad reportedly bombed water sources around Damascus to cut off water to 5.5 million people and the Taliban has attacked dams in Afghanistan multiple times and attempted to assassinate Afghanistan’s minister for energy and water in 2009. When the Somali government retook cities and ports, Al-Shabab cut off liberated cities from water sources and destroyed water supplies.

Colombia’s FARC bombed an oil pipeline, polluting a major river that resulted in 150,000 people losing water in the country’s worst environmental disaster. In conflict-ridden eastern Ukraine, water treatment workers in Donetsk were regularly targeted as they struggled to keep clean water flowing to its 345,000 residents.

And just to drive the point home: A group of retired three- and four-star officers from across the U.S. military issued this report, The Role of Water Stress in Instability and Conflict, detailing the security threats that global water scarcity could pose for the U.S. and allies in coming years. In the next decade, some 2.9 billion people in 48 countries will face water shortages. Currently, 2.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water at home, and six in 10 lack safe sanitation globally.

On the anniversary of the launch of the first-ever U.S. Global Water Strategy, we must actively engage water security as a strategic path for U.S. foreign policy.

Read the complete article.

The Collection of Resources on WASH Financing – Sanitation and Water for All

The Collection of Resources on WASH Financing. SWA, November 2018.

The SWA Secretariat has compiled this Collection with the main resources already available on sector financing. Many of these are linked to the SWA framework, processes and activities. swa

This Collection is developed and shared in response to an identified gap – the absence of a dedicated venue for resources that sector actors can use to strengthen their planning, implementation and review of progress on SDG financing.

The development and release of this Collection are timely, as the SWA increases its focus on country processes, and the Partnership embarks on the operationalisation of the revised Mutual Accountability Mechanism. Moreover, countries are moving from the stage of needs and gap assessment and towards finding and implementing solutions to fill the gaps.

At the same time, the SWA Partnership has seen some ‘success stories’ in which countries can increase political and financial priority for the WASH sector, while also coming up with innovative solutions for sector financing. These can provide inspiration for context-specific solutions.


The devastating impact of poor wastewater management

In this World Toilet Day blog, Neil Jeffery, Chief Executive of Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), looks into the impact of poor wastewater treatment and highlights ways in which cities can improve sanitation management.

When people in the most developed cities flush the toilet, they have the luxury of not having to wonder where the wastewater goes to next.

They know, if they stop to think for a second, that it gets flushed into a sewer, probably running under the main road, joining larger and larger sewers until it ends up in a treatment plant. At this point, water gets treated and ends back – somehow – in the water system.

Maybe, years later, that water will come back to the same house, perhaps to be used in a sink, or shower.

But we don’t need to worry about all this. It just happens, and our sanitation systems works – by and large – in harmony with the wider ecosystem.

It is not so simple, though, in many other countries. The lack of a sewer system outside of central urban areas means that vast quantities of wastewater is simply not treated.

And this, in turn, results in sanitation waste being abundant in urban communities – with a devastating impact on health, dignity, education and economic development.

Read the full article here.

Water Currents: World Toilet Day 2018

Water Currents: World Toilet Day 2018.

On Monday, November 19, join USAID and its partners around the globe in celebrating World Toilet Day to help bring attention to the roughly 4.5 billion people without access to safely managed sanitation. Now in its 17th year, World Toilet Day (WTD) inspires action to tackle global sanitation challenges through improving sanitation facilities and services, strengthening the effectiveness and financial sustainability of wastewater management utilities, and raising public awareness about the health benefits of eliminating open defecation. wtd

Increasing access to safe, sustainable sanitation is a key objective of USAID’s Water and Development Plan, as well as the broader U.S. Government Global Water Strategy. This issue of Water Currents highlights some of the USAID-funded research and activities that help to fulfill that goal, along with studies and resources on the WTD 2018 theme, nature-based sanitation solutions. The issue also includes recent sanitation-related reports and studies from IRC, Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor, and others.

You can help spread the word by forwarding this issue to your friends and colleagues. And let @USAIDWaterknow how you are celebrating #WorldToiletDay.

Read the complete issue.

Vacancies at the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is pleased to share the following vacancy announcements. Please note the positions, locations, application deadlines and information links below.

Position:              Head of Global Policy, Strategic Engagement & Innovation (P5)
Location:              Geneva, Switzerland
Deadline:             11 November 2018
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Position:              Safely Managed Sanitation Services Study Consultants (IICA-3)
Location:              Home based
Deadline:             11 November 2018
More info: 

Position:              Partnerships Officer (P3)
Location:              Geneva, Switzerland
Deadline:             14 November 2018
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Position:              Head of Corporate Communications and Advocacy (P4)
Location:              Geneva, Switzerland
Deadline:             16 November 2018
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For more information on salary scales, please visit this United Nations International Civil Service Commission page.