Among critical gaps are a failure to properly target aid to those who need it most and the ongoing lack of a comprehensive water strategy to guide US programs in international water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). This year’s report continues the call for urgent US action to through implementation of the law and improvements in the capacity and strategic approach taken from headquarters to country-level missions.
“Water, sanitation and hygiene are essential for human health and development. Great progress has been made, but the requirements of the Water for the Poor Act must be fully met for US tax dollars to go farthest and the benefits of water, sanitation and hygiene to be fully realized. This would save thousands more lives and lift entire communities out of poverty. In next year’s annual report, we hope to be able to highlight progress in all areas of the Water for the Poor Act,” said Lisa Schechtman, Head of Policy and Advocacy at WaterAid in America.