Environment and Energy

Improved management of natural resources and important ecosystem services not only supports economic growth and strengthens resilience to climate change but also can provide the foundation for sustainable development.

Water and Sanitation Services and Management

Given the centrality of clean water and good sanitation to human development and prosperity, our specialists help national governments, local governments, and private companies devise and carry out plans to improve water security, water productivity, and expanded access to clean water and sanitation services. Our solutions are designed to:

  • Improve the management of water resources by diverse stakeholders—across the watershed and broader landscape.
  • Improve the productivity of water use by farmers.
  • Forge cross-border partnerships to enhance transnational river basin management, which is critical for mitigating water scarcity at the regional level, alleviating poverty, improving food security, protecting ecosystems, and advancing livelihoods.
  • Achieve public health goals by assisting cities and public utilities to extend clean water and sanitation infrastructure and services, and by helping to develop policies, regulations, and finance mechanisms that make household access to clean water and basic sanitation more feasible and affordable.

Our Experts

Miguel Baca is a development specialist with extensive experience in the Middle East, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific region.

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Kevin Carlucci focuses on resource use efficiency (water, energy) and governance of land and its natural resources. He has particular interest in environmental finance, such as payments for ecosystem services, and in working to demystify how to access climate adaptation funding.

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Nabil Chemaly is a senior water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) development expert with more than 15 years of experience working in Africa and the Middle East.

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Twenty years ago, John Costenbader graduated from a small New England college and felt a need to see how the rest of the world lived. Joining the Peace Corps, John served as a forestry volunteer on the edge of the Sahara Desert in Mali’s remote Dogon Plateau region.

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Richard Rapier for 15 years has worked in domestic and international programs addressing water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), water and waste resource management, and environmental and social impact assessment and management in infrastructure.

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Joe Sanders has 18 years of experience, including more than 10 years of full-time management experience on projects funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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Our Projects

Indonesia—Urban Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (IUWASH, IUWASH PLUS)

Despite positive economic growth in recent years, urban Indonesia still suffers from one of the lowest rates of access to safe water and improved sanitation in the region. USAID’s IUWASH Penyehatan Lingkungan untuk Semua, or Environmental Health for All (IUWASH PLUS), is working to expand access to water and sanitation services to hundreds of thousands of low-income urban households.

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Kenya—Integrated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Project (KIWASH)

The Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Project (KIWASH) project combines nutrition programming with improved access to water, sanitation, and hygiene.

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Lebanon—Water Project (LWP)

The Lebanon Water Project (LWP) is increasing reliable and sustainable access to water for Lebanese citizens, improving water management practices, enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of the public water utilities, and responding to water issues arising from the influx of Syrian refugees.

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Worldwide—Water for Africa through Leadership and Institutional Support (WALIS)

The WALIS program provides technical, programmatic, administrative, and logistical support to USAID in improving the capacity of African water sectors.

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The Paani program works with local and national counterparts to conserve freshwater biodiversity and implement sustainable water management practices in Nepal.

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Haiti—USAID Water and Sanitation project

The USAID Water and Sanitation project works with private-sector partners and national and local government institutions in Haiti to help 250,000 people gain access to basic water services and 75,000 Haitians gain access to basic sanitation services.

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DAI History: 40 Years of Excellence

DAI was founded in 1970 by three graduates of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government intent on providing a more dynamic and effective brand of development assistance. See how DAI is turning this American success story, into a global one.

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