“Achieving sustainable development is perhaps one of the most difficult and one of the most pressing goals we face. It requires on the part of all of us commitment, action, partnerships and, sometimes, sacrifices of our traditional life patterns and personal interests.” – Mostafa Tolba, Former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme
“Our biggest challenge in this new century is to take an idea that seems abstract – sustainable development – and turn it into a reality for all the world’s people.” – Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General
In the 21st century, a comprehensive approach to sustainability must be a central part of the work of international development and conservation organizations. GETF is dedicated to helping organizations develop innovative approaches and tools to maximize efficiency and promote sustainability through their work around the world. We have developed successful models for cooperation that support public and private sector stakeholders in achieving economic, social and environmental gains.
GETF supports a number of leading programs which prioritize sustainable development, including:
- Founded in 2006, Global Water Challenge (GWC) is a coalition of leading organizations committed to achieving universal access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). With leading companies, civil society partners and governments, GWC accelerates the delivery of safe water and sanitation through partnerships that catalyze financial support and drive innovation for sustainable solutions. Through GWC’s innovative public-private partnerships, over 1 million people have been reached with clean water access. Leading supporters of Global Water Challenge include Cargill, The Coca-Cola Company, Dow, Ford Motor Company and the Wallace Genetic Foundation. Global Environment & Technology Foundation serves as the executive secretariat.
- In response to the severe water challenges faced by nearly 300 million Africans living without access to clean water, The Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF) introduced the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) in 2009. Backed by a $65MM investment, RAIN is TCCF’s contribution to helping Africa achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals on clean water and sanitation access. By the end of 2020, RAIN aims to measurably improve the lives of at least six million people in Africa through water access sanitation and hygiene (WASH), productive use of water and watershed protection interventions. Specifically, RAIN aims to: measurably improve the lives of six million people in Africa through improved WASH; economically empower up to 250,000 women and youth through water-based initiatives; and return up to 18.5 billion liters of water to communities and nature. As of June 2019, RAIN has positively impacted nearly four million people across 41 countries. To learn more, watch the RAIN video for an overview of the program.
- The Water and Development Alliance (WADA) is a collaboration between The Coca-Cola Company and its Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), managed by the Global Environment & Technology Foundation. WADA partners with companies, communities, and governments to address challenges and harness opportunities connected to water. WADA’s enterprise-driven approach brings together business capabilities of the Coca-Cola system with USAID’s premier development expertise to create solutions that help develop thriving communities, grow stable economies and strengthen resilient environments around the world. To date, through a combined total investment of more than $38 million in over 30 countries, WADA has provided improved safe drinking water access to over 580,000 people, improved sanitation access to over 284,000 people, and improved the management of over 1 million acres of land.WADA is one of USAID’s longest running and most successful Global Development Alliances (GDAs). In 2007, WADA was recognized by USAID’s Global Development Alliance office with the “Alliance of the Year” award to recognize outstanding public-private partnerships that address international development challenges.
- U.S. Water Partnership (USWP) works to unite and mobilize the best of U.S. expertise, resources and ingenuity to address global water challenges, with a special focus on developing countries where needs are greatest. Due to the breadth of its membership and large-scale participation from the U.S. government, the USWP constitutes an unmatched catalytic platform that facilitates public-private sector collaboration. USWP has developed a model that harnesses the technical skills and capabilities of our partners to advance understanding of critical water issues and scale evidence-based solutions to solve these challenges around the world.