Environment

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 Security, Sanitation, and Hygiene

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.

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Our Experts


George Akl is an institutional governance and development expert with 25 years of experience working with international donors supporting water and wastewater, environment, and private sector engagement programs across the Middle East and North Africa.

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Nilu Puri Basnyat is an established country representative for DAI in Nepal, and an experienced program manager, and technical specialist for governance and environmental water projects.

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Doreen Erfe is the Resources Mobilization Specialist for the Philippines Safe Water Activity.

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Liz Jordan is a senior water security, sanitation, and hygiene (WSSH) expert, with 10 years of experience working in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, with a particular focus on applying research and learning to WSSH programs.

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Jeremy Keeton specializes in biodiversity conservation and climate change, with an emphasis on environmental governance, climate change adaptation, and anti-wildlife trafficking.

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Brian Kiger brings 17 years of experience residing in diverse and economically under-developed communities—working with local and international private and public sector stakeholders in the agriculture, water security, sanitation, and hygiene sectors to improve available services and products.

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Daniel O’Neil has more than 30 years of experience directing a wide range of international development projects in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.

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Joshua Palfreman is a Senior Global Practice Specialist at DAI, tasked with establishing and directing a new Waste Management Practice.

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Alma Porciuncula has been leading DAI’s work in the Philippines on innovative financing for water supply and sanitation projects, policy, and regulatory and utility reform since 1994.

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

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Darren Saywell has 25 years of experience in practice, research, and policy development in water security, sanitation, and hygiene (WSSH), with a particular focus on solutions in urban environments.

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Heather Skilling has more than 25 years of experience in strengthening water security and sanitation service delivery through analytic, project design, evaluation, and consulting work.

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Paul Violette manages DAI’s Sustainable Cities practice, which collaborates with cities and peri-urban communities to reduce waste and environmental pollution, transition to renewables, improve service delivery, boost inclusive and equitable economic growth, and strengthen governance and resilience.

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Our Projects


Kenya—Western Kenya Water Project (WKWP)

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Western Kenya Water Project (WKWP) supports decentralized county governments to deliver the inclusive and sustainable services that strengthen water security.

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Türkiye—Technical Assistance on Preparation of River Basin Management Plans for Six Basins

DAI is strengthening Türkiye’s capacity to prepare European Union-required river basin management plans for six out of the 25 river basins in the country.

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Nepal—Karnali Water Activity

The Nepal Karnali Water Activity works across the Karnali River Basin to promote healthy, resilient, and water-secure communities by improving water resources management practices, drinking water supply and multiple-use systems, and fecal sludge management access and treatment plants.

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Philippines—Safe Water

The Philippines Safe Water activity provides local government units, water service providers, and watershed councils with the information, incentives, and partnerships they require to identify and address barriers to a water-secure future.

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Haiti—USAID Water and Sanitation project

The USAID Water and Sanitation project helped local water utilities and fecal sludge management sites to provide improved water service to more than 300,000 people, improved sanitation service to more than 75,000 people, and to put the local water utilities and fecal sludge facilities on a stable financial footing.

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

The Indonesia Urban Resilient Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Activity (USAID IUWASH Tangguh) strengthens inclusive, system-wide connections across stakeholders, data platforms, and finance mechanisms to achieve healthy, productive, and resilient cities.

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