The five-year Water and Development Indefinite Quantity Contract IDIQ (WADI) awarded by USAID to ME&A, as a prime small business contractor, provides USAID’s E3 Bureau with services and technical support to assist USAID’s Missions, Bureaus and Offices worldwide in the implementation of the Agency’s Water and Development Strategy. This multi-award contract has a ceiling of $1 billion over five years. Under WADI, ME&A and its partners provide services in water programming to improve health through the delivery of sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), and to advance water resource management in agriculture for enhanced food security.
The significance of water in the development context and the increased pressure to satisfy potentially competing needs for water underscores the critical importance of properly managing the scarce water resources upon which human life and economic security depend. USAID’s new Water and Development Strategy focuses efforts on improved access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and improved food security. By focusing programming on these two elements of the global water security challenge, USAID can be most effective in helping the world to meet UN Millennium Development Goals. This strategy provides the framework for focusing the Agency’s approach to water programming. Recognizing that limited resources are available, the Agency intends to achieve the greatest impact by focusing resources on two Strategic Objectives:
- Strategic Objective 1: Improve health outcomes through the provision of sustainable
water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)
- Strategic Objective 2: Manage water in agriculture sustainably and more productively
to enhance food security
The WADI IDIQ implements Task Orders that reflect the Agency’s strategic direction and focus on water programming, as described above and including the elements of USAID Forward.