USAID Oct 2016 - ongoing ,

Aquaya was selected in conjunction with Tetra Tech, FHI 360, and FSG (India), to lead a USAID market-based sanitation analysis over the coming 5 years. The goal of the program is to strengthen USAID’s WASH programming at a country level and enhance global learning and adoption of the evidence-based programmatic foundations needed to achieve of the SDGs. The geographic focus is still to be determined, though countries will be selected from among USAID’s EPMCD (Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths) and Water Priority countries lists.

Components of the projects will include:

  • – short-term technical assistance to support USAID Missions in designing, implementing, and assessing the performance of WASH programming
  • – implementation research focused on sanitation service delivery and reducing environmental enteropathic dysfunction (could include behavior interventions, market-based solutions, limiting exposure to pathogens, etc.)
  • – provide small grants to partners working in hygiene behavior change
  • – support USAID’s participation in strategic partnerships related to WASH


Our very own Jeff Albert is the Deputy Project Director for WASHPaLS.

August 2017 – The first year of the USAID-funded 5-yr research and technical assistance project is coming to a close. Aquaya has been leading an intensive review of the progress of community-led total sanitation (CLTS) implementation globally and is currently finalizing field research project designs to be carried out over the next several years of WASHPaLS. Meanwhile, we expect to submit our year 1 findings for peer-review in an academic journal shortly. The CLTS field research efforts will be led by Aquaya’s Nairobi-based personnel.

December 2017 – On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, the USAID-funded Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Partnerships and Learning for Sustainability (WASHPaLS) Project held a webinar on the role of community-led total sanitation (CLTS) in helping to end open defecation. WASHPaLS presented key findings from a desk review assessing the knowledge base on CLTS program performance. The findings and identified evidence gaps will inform the WASHPaLS research agenda for subsequent years of the project. The webinar recording can be found here.

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