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USAID Transform WASH Program in Ethiopia

2017 - 2021 • PSI


To reach over 1 million households with improved toilets by 2021.


PSI/ Ethiopia launched a national peri- urban sanitation programme, USAID Transform WASH on 2nd January, 2017 with a mandate of reaching over 1 million households with improved toilets by 2021. To achieve this vision, the USAID Transform WASH project follows a holistic market development approach to increase access to and use of WASH products and services with a focus on improved sanitation in the process, this would eliminate open defecation. The project will support the government of Ethiopia and the One WASH National Program to increase use of improved WASH products and services. The project will intervene in 40 woredas/districts across eight regions during the life of the project.

USAID Transform WASH is a five-year activity awarded to PSI and Consortium partners SNV, IRC and Plan International (‘the Consortium’) to test and develop market-based models that will increase demand for and supply of quality, affordable WASH products and services. Through development and testing of scalable and replicable business models, the activity will support and increase capacity of the Government of Ethiopia’s (GOE) One WASH National Program (OWNP) to increase use of improved WASH products and services.

Transform WASH has conducted financing options at house hold level and for the business enterprises.

Countries of activity

Location of main activity


The main objectives of this project are to:
> Increase demand for low-cost, high quality WASH products and services
> Increase supply for low-cost, high-quality WASH products and services
> Increase WASH governance and management capacity at the subnational level
> Increase the knowledge base to bring WASH innovations to scale

Further information

One of the project activity component is to work on the behavioral improvement of the community for improved products through tailored approach.

Together, PSI, SNV, PLAN
International, and IRC envision a
thriving WASH market in Ethiopia
driven by increased consumer
demand for and use of
affordable products and services,
delivered through successful
business models and supported
by the Government of Ethiopia.

Contact information

Daniel Tesfaye
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Behaviour change Capacity development Community sanitation Enabling environment and institutional strengthening International NGO Market development Political processes and institutional aspects Politicians and local decision makers Specific to one or several countries Sub-Saharan Africa United States government

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4-page flyer about the project (2017)

Format: pdf file
Size: 0.64 MB


United States

PSI is a leading global health organization with programs targeting malaria, child survival, HIV and reproductive health. Working in partnership within the public and private sectors, and harnessing the power of the markets, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications that empower the world's most vulnerable populations to lead healthier lives. The former name of PSI was "Population Services International" but now it is just PSI.

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