Special Seminar: USAID's Water and Development Strategy

Meeting Water Needs in the Developing World: Projections are that by 2025, two thirds of the world’s population could be living in severe water stress conditions. This stress adversely affects individuals, communities, economies, and ecosystems around the world, especially in developing countries. In 2013, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the first global water strategy in its history. The overarching goals of the Strategy are to save lives and advance development through the provision of sustainable water supply, sanitation, and hygiene, as well as through the sound management and use of water for food security. In this seminar, USAID Global Water Coordinator Christian Holmes will describe key factors that led to the development of the water strategy, as well as USAID's approach to achieving the strategy's objectives. Holmes will also discuss water programs in USAID's priority countries, including Kenya, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Haiti and Liberia. Christian Holmes became USAID's first Global Water Coordinator in 2011. He is the senior representative within USAID responsible for advising the USAID Administrator on water matters, and for coordinating the implementation of key water program and policy initiatives, including USAID’s new water strategy. He concurrently serves as the Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and the Environment (E3). Among other offices, Holmes previously served as Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Administrator for Administration and Resource Management, US Environmental Protection Agency.