This report outlines the findings of a multi-stakeholder dialogue focused on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) that was held in May 2011 in Washington, DC, convened by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University and The Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program. The forum provided a platform for participants to reflect on progress to date and to explore critical policy needs to enable U.S. entities to fully maximize impact of their WASH activities over the next five to ten years.
- The U.S. government water and sanitation strategy, as mandated by the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005, should be completed and made public as soon as possible.
- Funding under the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act should be focused on countries with the greatest need, while funding to countries of political importance should be handled from other accounts.
- Policymakers and implementers must integrate WASH with other development initiatives, while explicitly recognizing it as a critical building block in development.
- Official development assistance (ODA) WASH initiatives should be better aligned with those of international agencIes and domestic governments in order to capitalize on existing efforts, strenghten local capacity, and leverage funding.