Leaders in Congress Discuss Importance of Water Strategy at Launch Event

By Anjali Bean (Research and Policy Associate, IHC)
July 12, 2013

In May, USAID officially released their comprehensive water strategy, which will guide the Agency’s work in the water and sanitation sector in the coming years.  At an event on Capitol Hill, many leaders in the WASH community spoke of the importance of the strategy. Many of the speakers emphasized water’s connection to basic quality of life, nutrition and food security, disease prevention, education, gender equality, and security.

The event was recorded and all of the remarks can be found on USAID’s website here.  Many leaders from Congress and the Administration spoke, including Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chris Coons (D-DE), Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX), and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah. Videos on USAID’s water program and one highlighting a successful Development Innovation Ventures project are also available.

We particularly liked the remarks by Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), highlighting the importance of focusing on the world’s poorest. Listen to his remarks below.

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