Ethiopia’s population of 90 million has one of Africa’s lowest rates of access to safe water supply. The lowland areas are under increasing pressure due to climate variability and change, population growth, conflicts over decreasing natural resources, and inadequate policy support—all of which reduce local peoples’ coping capacity. Limited hygiene awareness, combined with a lack of water supply and sanitation facilities and little capacity to manage the existing ones, exacerbate an already dire situation.
The Lowland WASH Activity is USAID’s flagship activity in the lowland areas of Ethiopia. In support of the Government of Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan and ONE WASH National Program, DT Global works with the national and regional Government of Ethiopia, as well as with relevant institutions and stakeholders, to provide technical services, small-scale infrastructure, and training to the rural regions of Somali, Afar and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples (SNNP). The USAID Lowland WASH Activity aims to: