Water partnership expanded

_26X7356-EditStudents in South Africa have benefited from leak repairs and the installation of improved water supply and sanitation infrastructure at schools (Photo: The Coca-Cola Company; Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Coca-Cola Company announce an additional joint investment of US$12.7mn in their global partnership, the Water and Development Alliance (WADA).

Through this investment, WADA will support eight new multi-year programmes throughout sub-Saharan Africa in Angola, Burundi, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania. These programmes begin as three-year initiatives, representing a shift toward longer-term efforts and exemplifying each organisation’s shared commitment to lasting, sustainable solutions to global water challenges. With this new investment, USAID and The Coca-Cola Company will have committed a total of $28.1mn since 2005 to support 32 projects in 22 countries worldwide in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

_MG_0503HDRsupply systems for communities and schools in the Mara River Basin region of Kenya, WADA helps to lift the burden on young women and girls who often carry the burden of water collection (The Coca-Cola Company; Brent Stirton/Getty Images)Gaining and sustaining access to water and sanitation
Water scarcity, degraded water quality, and lack of basic water and sanitation services present severe global challenges, especially to the world’s poor. More than one billion people live without access to safe drinking water, and 2.6bn people have no access to basic sanitation. The growing water shortage impedes human needs for food and economic activity and threatens the sustainability of communities and critical ecosystems. USAID and The Coca-Cola Company established WADA to help tackle these enormous challenges.
USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah emphasised the importance of the public-private partnership: “As it enters its fifth year, USAID’s partnership with Coca-Cola showcases the potential of the U.S. Government to partner with the private sector to make a long-term impact on pressing global challenges. By matching USAID’s development expertise with the resources, capacities, and commitment of The Coca-Cola Company, we are making a positive impact on community water issues throughout the developing world.”
Working with local partners in each country, WADA has addressed a myriad of local water challenges, helping more than 300,000 people gain access to sustainable sources of water for health and livelihoods.
“We recognise that no single organisation can solve the global water crisis, but by partnering with organizations like USAID we can make a positive difference in the lives of the people in need of safe water and sanitation,” said William Asiko, President of The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation.
WADA focuses on four objectives: watershed management, water supply and sanitation, hygiene promotion, and productive water use. The partnership capitalises on the strengths and experience of its partner institutions, USAID, The Coca-Cola Company, and the Global Environment & Technology Foundation, which work collaboratively to demonstrate how government, business, and the non-governmental community can innovatively engage to solve global water challenges.


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CAPTION: In Chimoio, Mozambique, WADA partnered with the Mozambican government and the Royal Dutch Embassy to rehabilitate a dilapidated water treatment facility and expand the local distribution network - doubling the city's supply of clean, reliable water (The Coca-Cola Company; Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

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