The TOPS Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Award is a five-year Associate Award led by Save the Children and funded by the USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP). The TOPS WASH Award aims to improve the quality of activities, strengthen the capacity and skills of FFP implementing partners in WASH, and improve the level of knowledge and practices around WASH. TOPS-WASH brings together members of the larger WASH community of practice to share activity implementation and design practices; capture evidence of successful implementation and innovative practices; and analyze challenges affecting WASH activities in FFP’s development and emergency portfolios. The TOPS WASH Award seeks to build a platform of WASH capacity-strengthening activities and engage in applied research initiatives to identify field-viable solutions for improving WASH service delivery for chronically vulnerable and food insecure populations. Click here to download a copy of the TOPS-WASH one-page description.

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TOPS-WASH supports the work of all Food for Peace partners implementing WASH activities in emergency and development settings. In addition, TOPS-WASH coordinates its knowledge sharing and applied research activities with WASH programming funded through other Offices and Bureaus within USAID. To stay current on the latest strategies, approaches, and better practices for supporting sustainable WASH improvements for vulnerable communities around the globe, TOPS-WASH also seeks to link with other donors, researchers, and the private sector.


The goal of TOPS-WASH is improve the impact, sustainability, and scalability of FFP’s programming in WASH in emergency and development contexts. This will be achieved through the following objectives:

  • Knowledge Capture: Identify and test technical best practice
  • Knowledge Generation: Develop/identify, test, disseminate, practical Training of Trainers resources and other materials to guide the design, implementation and monitoring of WASH interventions
  • Knowledge Application: Build capacity through effective and appropriate skills delivery for WASH
  • Knowledge Sharing: Support and expand mechanisms for information and skills exchange


Click here to search the FSN Network resource library for WASH related materials.

TOPS-WASH will post materials identified and developed for capacity building, as the well as the results of the award’s applied research initiatives – so keep an eye on this space!

Stakeholder Meeting Notes

TOPS WASH Kickoff Stakeholder Consultation Meeting Notes, June 18, 2018

More Information

To learn more about the TOPS Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) award, contact Rebekah Pinto, Director, TOPS-WASH at Save the Children.