The Global Water Initiative (GWI)

The Global Water Initiative (GWI) addresses the declining state of the world's supply of fresh water and the lack of access to clean water services by the world's poorest people. It brings together the talents and experiences of seven leading international organizations Action Against Hunger - USA, CARE, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Oxfam America and SOS Sahel UK to work out effective solutions.

The Global Water Initiative (GWI)

- 120,535 people (plus 100,000+ heads of domestic livestock) have gained improved access to water services within the Running Dry target areas through a combination of water-related interventions.
- 7,924 people have benefited from water now available for productive uses, primarily through small-scale irrigation.
- While improving access to water, Running Dry partners have also expanded access to basic sanitation services, reaching approximately 65,830 people through a variety of sanitation-related interventions within Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
- Training/capacity building related to water, sanitation and hygiene management was provided to over 30,700 participants at the regional level. The current figures provided are based on the number of people benefiting from fully completed interventions.

Projected accomplishments
By the end of September 30, 2011, the GWI/Running Dry program anticipates benefiting approximately 302,200 people within East Africa through expanded water access, enhanced multiuse of water resources, improved hygiene knowledge/practices and increased economic productivity.