Water & Sanitation
“Our bodies, our cities and our industries, our agriculture and our ecosystems all depend on it. Water is a human right. Nobody should be denied access. This World Water Day is about upholding this right for all, leaving no one behind,” – U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, World Water Day 2019
Around the world, 2.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water and 4.5 billion have inadequate sanitation. The impact of inadequate water and sanitation stretches across all sectors of development: health, education, gender equality, economic development, food security and even national security. To help address this fundamental challenge, GETF has prioritized the expansion of safe water and sanitation access as the cornerstone of our efforts. GETF supports a number of leading programs in the water and sanitation sector, 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. The 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.
- GROWS is a three-year $3 million cooperative agreement to improve rural water governance outcomes in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda and was awarded to GETF in October 2018 by USAID. GETF is working with partners The Ohio State University, U.S. Water Partnership and Global Partners for Development to identify and disseminate innovative governance models and tools that will help accelerate eliminating extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.