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+:

Graphic.jpgIs assessing its programs against the Collaborative Behaviors

Keeps girls in school
Leads to bigger kids
Helps people grow more food
Empowers women

Water+ News

World Water Day 2018

We have developed a brief highlighting a few of the Water+ programs from around the CARE world. Take a look!

WHO highlights CARE case study

The WHO developed a brief of two case studies where WASH is used to combat Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). CARE Ethiopia's WASH-NTD work is one example highlighted.

NTD case study - Ethiopia

This case study highlights CARE Ethiopia’s integrated WASH and Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) control program in the Amhara Region, where CARE works with local governments to increase water, sanitation, and hygiene access for prevention of the NTDs – a group of debilitating diseases that disproportionately affect the world’s poorest people. 2017.

TOPS Water-Smart Agriculture case study

CARE's work with farmers through the Global Water Initiative in East Africa.
The goal of the program was to develop demonstrations and build evidence for the impact of water-smart agriculture on smallholder farmers’ production and income. Read more below.

5 Minutes of Experimentation by Vidhya Sriram
A Conversation with Stephanie Ogden on Promoting Local Ownership in Water and Sanitation Programs in Guatemala
11 Jan 2017.
The Water Team is working with a few country offices to implement a method that takes participatory mapping to the next level. CARE Guatemala is working with communities to chart land use and water sources in their water conservation program. Similar to SAA or Participatory Scenario Planning, this approach allows communities to map out water sources and then make recommendations on how to preserve these water sources.
What is different about the approach that CARE Guatemala is taking is that they give the maps and recommendations developed by the communities to municipal government officials. The municipality then creates a Google map from the community map, tags it with the water sources and land use to make a more formal plan. The community’s recommendations are also printed on the map and one copy is given to the community so that they have a useful physical map of their water sources.
The municipality uses the map and recommendations to obligate funding for maintaining water infrastructure and strengthening water and sanitation capacity. CARE initially created a position within the municipality for a technical officer to oversee implementation of these plans. That position is now codified and has an attendant budget so that when mayors change, that position is not eliminated. CARE also lobbied for the municipality to get revenue to oversee watershed management. Some municipalities did this by increasing the tariff on peri-urban water systems to raise the funds necessary to manage the community’s water services. Finally, CARE worked with the local government to establish a technical school with the local university where they train new local government staff on water and sanitation needs in their community. The classes are one day/week for a few weeks to help new staff learn the basics of the office that they are holding.
This approach to sustainable watershed management has helped communities (a) tap into funding available at the local level to support their watershed management efforts, (b) helped the municipality identify where support is most needed and (c) helped develop a sustainable mechanism for communities and municipalities to tap into funding that ties water conservation to water services.
CARE now only contributes 25% of the cost of maintaining water and sanitation systems, with the other 75% funded by the community and municipality.
For more information about this program, please contact Stephanie Ogden at sogden@care.org
For more information about the Water Team generally please contact Kelly Alexander at ktalexander@care.org

UNC Water and Health Conference 2016

Two members of the CARE Water Team attended the Water and Health Conference at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Oct 10-14th, 2016. We recorded a few notes from the sessions we attended in case there is any interest!

Deux membres de l'équipe Eau CARE ont assisté à la Conférence sur «L'eau et la santé» à l'Université de Caroline du Nord, Chapel Hill 10-14th Octobre 2016. Nous avons écrit quelques notes des sessions qui ont vu en cas de intérêt!

Dos miembros del Equipo de Agua CARE asistieron a la Conferencia sobre "el Agua y la Salud" en la Universidad de Carolina del Norte, Chapel Hill Octubre 10-14th, 2016. Escribimos algunas notas de las sesiones que hemos asistido en caso de que haya algún interés!

Innovative WASH approaches

One of our interns in Atlanta, USA developed a brief write-up of some of CARE's innovative WASH approaches.Read the report below!

WASH and stunting

An interesting article on the evidence and implications of WASH came out in May 2016: Can WASH eliminate stunting?
"This review article considers two broad questions: (1) can WASH interventions make a significant contribution to reducing the global prevalence of childhood stunting, and (2) how can WASH interventions be delivered to optimize their effect on stunting and accelerate progress?"

Cet article de revue tient compte de deux grandes questions: (1) les interventions WASH peuvent apporter une contribution significative à la réduction de la prévalence mondiale du retard de croissance chez les enfants, et (2) comment les interventions WASH peuvent optimiser leur effet sur le retard de croissance et d'accélérer les progrès?

Este articule se analizan dos grandes preguntas: (1) las intervenciones de WASH hacen una contribución significativa a la reducción de la prevalencia mundial de retraso del crecimiento infantil, y (2) cómo pueden ser entregadas intervenciones de WASH para optimizar su efecto en el retraso del crecimiento infantil y acelerar el progreso?

Waterpoint Open Data Tanzania


The Government of Tanzania utilizes the Open Data portal to publish its waterpoint data as collected by the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, and the National Bureau of Statistics. There are some interesting ways data can be presented, so please explore by clicking the photo above. The dashboards are also available for Health and Education.

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.

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!

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