Welcome to the Water+ website!

What is Water+?

Water+ is about linking water to other interventions so that we can make the biggest impact possible. It is about sanitation and hygiene, but also about water for agriculture, for livelihoods, for nutrition, for keeping girls in schools, for helping women to be leaders and more.Water+ helps us achieve more with less and respond to the complex, inter-related needs of the people we work with.

Water+ Theory of Change


How Water+:

Keeps girls in schoolLeads to bigger kidsHelps people grow more foodEmpowers women

Water+ News

WASH and Zika

Read the blog co-authored by Water Team Senior Policy Advisor Stephanie Ogden on how WASH is necessary to confront the Zika virus:
What we really need to combat the Zika virus

Social Analysis and Action for WASH

Did you know that CARE Ethiopia has developed and tested a Social Analysis and Action methodology for WASH? You can find it here.

What is Water Smart Agriculture?

CARE has coined the term Water Smart Agriculture (WaSA). Why? Because food security in part depends on increased production of smallholder farmers and water is a key agricultural constraint. There will never be more water than there is now. Below is an example of what WaSA looks like in practice:
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CARE Recognized for Excellence in WaSH Programming!


CARE Ethiopia received two key awards for excellence in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programming from the Water Resources Bureau of the Amhara Region. The first award recognizes excellence in WASH programming in the nine districts of the South Gondar Zone. The second award recognizes CARE Ethiopia's WASH Coordinator, Ato Abebaw Kebede, for his incredible leadership skills. Please join us in congratulating CARE Ethiopia's WASH team and Ato Abebaw Kebede for this outstanding achievement! See below for more details.

CARE Celebrates World Water Day with the release of two new videos!

5 Myths About Water


Peter Lochery, CARE's Director of Water and the 2015 University of Oklahoma Water Prize Winner, debunks commons myths about water and water access.


CARE Knows How
Many primary schools throughout Nyanza Province in Kenya lack access to safe water and sanitary latrines. In order to support nation-wide change in school WASH conditions the SWASH+ project used a rigorous research design to evaluate what interventions for school water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) were most effective. Research findings were used to influence the Kenyan government to increase funding for school WASH and implement sustainable solutions for WASH in schools across Kenya. Visit http://www.swashplus.org/ to learn more!

What can the Water Team do for you?

The CARE USA Water Team provides assistance to CARE country offices and other organizations in:
  • Improving water+ or WASH program quality
  • Strengthening long-term programs
  • Integrating the water+ Theory of Change into new and exisiting programs
  • Faciliting water+ partnerships
  • Cross-discipline program integration
  • Developing proposals to procure funding for water+ programming
  • Sharing of knowledge (project successes and failures) across the sector

Contact ktalexander@care.org for more details

Need help with Monitoring and Evaluation?

Our M&E Program Toolkit provides practical guidance in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) best practices in water+ as well as suggested indicators, frameworks and tools to help in initial framework design and ongoing M&E.

Connect With Us!

Please let us know additional suggestions or resources you would like to see on the Water+ Wiki (email ktalexander@care.org). If you have Briefs, Reports or Evaluations from WASH or WASH-related projects, please do not hesitate to share with us so we can display more widely.

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