USAID and Safe Water Network are implementing a joint partnership entitled Sustainable Enterprises for Water and Health (SEWAH). The SEWAH initiative is focused on “last-mile” delivery of safe drinking water in urban centers by engaging the private sector, urban local bodies, corporates, civil society, and other diverse stakeholders. This initiative will scale water enterprises through: policy and advisory support for innovative social models; training and capacity-building; support to "city water alliances" in developing water-resilient cities; and knowledge-exchange and networking opportunities. Through these efforts, the SEWAH initiative will work to ensure affordable and safe drinking-water access to the last mile for improved public health.
Previously, Safe Water Network had worked with USAID/India as part of an urban WASH alliance to promote social change for a clean and healthy India.
USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. Created by President John. F. Kennedy, the United States Agency for International Development provides assistance to improve lives in the developing world. USAID works in over 100 countries to promote shared economic prosperity, improve global health, and advance food security and agriculture. Water is essential to health and food production, which is why USAID’s water programs are focused on two areas: “water for health” and “water for food.” Through this work, USAID is expanding access to water supply and sanitation to promote better hygiene and fight preventable disease, especially to vulnerable communities.