The water crisis is a health crisis, it’s a farming crisis, it’s an economic crisis, it’s a climate crisis, and increasingly, it is a political crisis. And therefore, we must have an equally comprehensive response.” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton, excerpted from her speech on World Water Day 2011

“Sanitation is more important than independence.” Mahatma Gandhi

Around the world, 884 million people lack access to safe drinking water and 2.6 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.  Every 20 seconds, a child dies of preventable water-borne disease and the United Nations has estimated that, on average, 30% of each Millennium Development Goal depends on water and sanitation.

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, The Dow Chemical CompanyFord Motor Company and the Wallace Genetic Foundation. The Global Environment & Technology Foundation serves as the executive secretariat of Global Water Challenge.
  • The Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) is the signature community initiative of The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation. Backed by a six-year, $30 million dollar commitment by The Coca-Cola Company, in partnership with other donors, RAIN’s goal is to provide over 2 million people in Africa with access to drinking water by 2015. GETF provides strategic and management support to RAIN.
  • 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.