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Bangkok, 16 Feb 10

USAID’s ECO-Asia project, a regional environmental programme based in Thailand, is offering grants of up to USD 10,000 to any private organization, NGO or academic institutions working in countries eligible for USAID that can demonstrate how they can improve water services in the region.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 1 billion people in Asia lack access to safe water and basic sanitation. The Millennium Development Goals call for halving the proportion of people without access to improved services by 2015, meaning
that over 500 million people across Asia will need access to improved water supply and sanitation services.

The grants programme, supported by UN-HABITAT’s Water for Asian Cities programme, will support the use of ECO-Asia's newly developed 10-Step Promotion Program Toolkit, to increase or improve water and sanitation services in Asian cities.

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