Paths Forward for the Global Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Sector

On the afternoon of World Water Day, March 22, 2010, the Global Water Futures Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., hosted an event entitled “Paths Forward for the Global Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Sector.” CSIS organized the event in partnership with several organizations that work to promote access to water and sanitation internationally, including CARE, Global Water Challenge, PATH, Population Services International (PSI), and Water Advocates. The event featured a series of discussions focused on ways to catalyze and strengthen efforts to address international WASH problems. The overarching goal of the sessions was to develop a set of actionable recommendations regarding how to improve the outcomes of global WASH programs and to increase the capacity of the U.S.-based public and private sectors to engage in program activities related to global WASH challenges.

This summary report seeks to capture the broad themes that characterized conversation and debate in each session and outlines the recommendations that emerged from the roundtable exercises held at CSIS during the afternoon on World Water Day 2010.

Katherine E. Bliss
Senior Fellow and Director, Immunizations and Health Systems Resilience, Global Health Policy Center

Katryn Bowe