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Global Waters Radio: Christian Holmes on USAID’s Global Water Challenges

Christian Holmes reflects on his tenure as USAID’s first Global Water Coordinator.

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Christian Holmes is Deputy Assistant Administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment, and the Agency’s first-ever Global Water Coordinator. In his capacity as Global Water Coordinator, Holmes has been responsible for overseeing the Agency’s water programming portfolio since 2011. As he departs from the Agency in January 2017, Holmes sat down with Global Waters Radio to reflect on his tenure, discuss USAID’s recent water and sanitation accomplishments, and share lessons learned.

“Rather than looking for a magic bullet, one has to really look at things from very systems-based perspective and a very human-based perspective.”

Holmes reports USAID has made impressive strides with regard to the programming goals outlined in the Agency’s current Water and Development Strategy. Already, USAID has helped provide 6.8 million people with access to clean water and 3.2 million people with improved water management for food security to date. To ensure the sustainability of these gains, Holmes tells Global Waters Radio “ultimately it is the individual who receives the service that plays the greatest role in all of this, because it’s the individual that understands what they need, and understands how to utilize service.” To listen to the full podcast, please click below.

To view or download this Global Waters Radio transcript, please click here.

Global Waters Radio is a podcast series produced by the Water Team at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The series offers listeners insights from USAID officials, development partners, thought leaders and experts from across the water sector as they discuss current USAID water programming and cutting-edge research from around the world. Have a topic you would like to see covered in a future Global Waters Radio podcast? Please contact us at, and follow us on Twitter @USAIDWater.



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