Program

Water Smart Engagement

Challenge

Water utilities in Southeast Asia do not have the latest technologies that could address water insecurity. The United States aims to be a reliable partner to governments and citizens across the region in tackling this critical issue.

Solution

In partnership with the Bureau of Oceans & Environmental Sciences (OES), Global Ties U.S. has facilitated initial conversations in building two of an anticipated five city pairings between the U.S. and Southeast Asian cities. Through a series of in-person and virtual exchanges, Southeast Asian water utilities will learn about cutting-edge technologies from their counterparts in the United States and develop action plans to utilize those technologies. Over the next four years, we will support participant interaction, monitoring and evaluation of collaborations, and cultural exchange. Our unique collaboration with the U.S. Water Partnership and the Water Environment Federation allows us to take a holistic program approach that advances foreign policy, environmental security, and technocratic cooperation all while shoring up key regional allies.

Results

Activities to Date

Two partnerships between Southeast Asian and U.S. water utilities have been established, and those utilities have engaged in a total of six virtual engagements.

Anticipated Outcomes

Five participating Southeast Asian utilities will develop concrete action plans to adapt U.S. technologies to address specific challenges.