Our Projects & Partnerships
GETF works through partnerships with government agencies, corporations, foundations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders to address issues in water and sanitation, clean energy and climate change and sustainability.
Over more than 30 years, GETF has supported projects in over 75 countries. The map and country list below show GETF’s international footprint and areas of experience.
Duration: 2008 – present
Category: Operational Sustainability
Developed in partnership with the American Association of Port Authorities, The International Institute of Sustainable Seaports (I2S2) is a non-profit Center of Excellence specifically designed to support port authorities, their tenants and members of the maritime community implement sustainable practices – ensuring economic vitality, while protecting environmental quality and community integrity.
Duration: July 2006 – October 2007
Location: Bekasi District in West Java
Category: Water and Sanitation
The Water and Development Alliance (WADA) provided over $350,000 to support sustainable management of watersheds, outreach and education on water issues, water and sanitation service provision and household water treatment promotion. The program design reflected the vital connection between upstream forest areas and regular volumes of clean water downstream, all the way to the domestic or industrial consumer. The project included a creative mix of approaches that simultaneously fostered environmental protection, human health, and economic well-being.
Country: South Africa
Location: Schools throughout the nine provinces of South Africa
Category: Water and Sanitation
The program, known as “RAIN Water for Schools” is a component of The Coca-Cola Company’s (TCCC) Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) and will bring clean drinking water, improved sanitation, and hygiene education to 100 schools across South Africa. Specific activities implemented in each school include clean water access through rainwater harvesting, wells and/or boreholes; fixing dilapidated water supply equipment; providing adequate sanitation facilities and hygiene education.
Duration: July 2007 – November 2008
Location: Kano State
Category: Water and Sanitation
The Water and Development Alliance (WADA) worked to improve access to water, sanitation and hygiene services and support income generation and livelihoods. With focused efforts in six local government areas in Kano WADA invested in the construction of sustainable water supply and sanitation infrastructure, supporting community training in system sustainability and hygiene practices and providing targeted support to farmers to increase production and improve access to markets.
Duration: May 2007 – May 2008
Location: Northern Uganda
Category: Water and Sanitation, Clean Energy and Climate Change
The Water and Development Alliance (WADA) helped facilitate the return of Ugandans who were forced from their homes as a result of prolonged civil conflict by providing clean water in rural villages, schools and trading centers in Northern Uganda. WADA worked to install boreholes with hand pumps for rural settlements and solar-powered mechanized systems that provide a consistent, high-volume supply of water to densely-populated areas around schools and trading centers.
Duration: 2009 – present
Category: Water and Sanitation, Clean Energy and Climate Change
GETF, in partnership with the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe, is working with the Global Environment Facility projects to reduce nutrient pollution in waterways in Eastern Europe and to collect and disseminate best practices to key stakeholders in the region.
GETF’s Impact Across the World
Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Chad, Cote D’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, eSwatini, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Somaliland, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala, USA
Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine
Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan
Some of GETF’s notable partnerships include:
- 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. GETF serves as the executive secretariat of Global Water Challenge.
- The Coca-Cola Company – Since 2004, GETF has supported The Coca-Cola Company’s environment and natural resources department through a number of activities including strategic planning, partnership development and program management.
- 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.
- 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.
- Project Last Mile (PLM) is a public-private partnership that applies Coca-Cola’s supply-chain management and marketing expertise to support African governments in reaching the “last mile” to deliver life-saving medicines and supplies to the hardest-to-reach communities. PLM’s cross-sector partners include the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Global Fund, and the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute. To date, Project Last Mile has supported work in eight countries in Africa, with the program goal to improve health systems management and supply chain efficiencies in 10 African countries by 2020. GETF administers Project Last Mile.
- 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.
GETF has supported a number of leading initiatives in the water and sanitation, clean energy and climate change and operational sustainability sectors, including:
Water and Sanitation
- Global Water Management and Sustainability Support - GETF supports The Coca-Cola Company’s global water resource stewardship programs in a number of aspects, including strategic planning. As part of these efforts, GETF facilitated the risk assessment of Coca-Cola’s water-related business issues, developed solutions for improving water management and efficiency and helped define a strategic direction on water sustainability for the Company.
- Safe Water Network - The Safe Water Network (SWN) is a not-for-profit organization made up of prominent business and civic leaders dedicated to making major contributions to improving access to safe water by accelerating the development and utilization of distributed water purification solutions for the under-served markets. GETF provided support to the SWN on market research, technology assessment, and their market positioning.
- Worrell Water Technologies – For this water technology company, GETF provided in-depth market assessments and business planning recommendations. Worrell Water offers a suite of innovative clean water technologies that help ensure water security for communities and companies. GETF has advised the company on technology commercialization pathways, business development opportunities, and technology assessment issues.
- World Water Forum 3 - GETF provided strategic counsel and conducted extensive outreach with key U.S. decision-makers and prospective U.S.-based partners to help meet the World Water Forum’s (WWF3) objectives held in Japan. As one of the world’s largest conferences on water resources, WWF3 focused on trade, technology, policy and business issues facing the future of the world’s water supplies. In partnership with the Forum Secretariat, GETF engaged key Forum stakeholders from industry, government, and NGOs in order to gain their support and participation in the WWF3.
- International Center for Environmental Finance - GETF’s International Center for Environmental Finance (ICEF) was an innovative environmental finance project designed to help countries create permanent, self-sustaining, market-based environmental finance systems for water infrastructure. Programs have been underway throughout Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In Kazakhstan, ICEF reduced waterborne illnesses for over 15,000 people in 12 remote villages by introducing technical solutions to current water problems and building sustainable water finance systems to ensure the sustainability of safe water in the region. The Clean Water Financing Program for Kazakhstan received financial support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Eurasia Foundation, among others. In Russia and Ukraine, ICEF worked to convert existing grant programs into revolving loan programs targeting water infrastructure and other environmental problems.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) unites 182 member governments — in partnership with international institutions, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector — to address global environmental issues. For over a decade, GETF worked with the GEF to convene leading stakeholders on a broad range of water-related issues including transboundary management, nutrient reduction, and private sector engagement in driving sustainable solutions. GETF also worked with the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA), the only global initiative directly addressing the connectivity between terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems.
- Water of Life is one of Diageo’s flagship Corporate Social Responsibility programs. GETF assisted Water of Life through the development and management of Safe Water for Africa, a partnership with The Coca-Cola Company, the International Finance Corporation and WaterHealth International to scale up innovative water service delivery models across Africa. Water of Life is part of Diageo’s overall initiative to address its impact on water through a three-prong strategic ‘Blueprint’ designed to affect substantial, sustainable and measurable change through community involvement, direct operations and collective action. Through the ‘1 million challenge’ it aspired to extend access to clean water to 1 million new people in Africa every year through 2015.
- Support for Biennial GEF International Waters Conferences - GETF organized the 4th Biennial Conference that was held in Cape Town, South Africa in August 2007. The event featured water ministers from numerous countries as well as senior leadership from governments, Implementing Agencies (UNDP, UNEP, World Bank) and Executing Agencies (UNIDO, IMO, OAS, NGOs). GETF was engaged in all of the program design, promotion and logistical aspects of the event. GETF also organized the First, Second and Third Biennial International Waters Conferences held in Budapest, Hungary; Dalian, China; and Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
Clean Energy and Climate Change
- The Center for Energy & Climate Solutions (CECS) was founded in 1999 to help businesses, government and environmental organizations develop high-leverage technological, strategic, financial and regulatory tools to foster the adoption of clean energy solutions. The Center promotes clean and efficient energy technologies to cost-effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants and conducts client-specific research on a wide range of energy and climate-related topics.
- In December 2006, GETF’s supported USAID’s Office of Energy in publishing the Powering Health Guidebook to highlight electrification options available for off-grid, rural hospital and clinic facilities in sub-Saharan Africa. The guidebook outlined key considerations for utilizing various energy technologies including capital and operating costs, reliability, durability, emissions output and optimal use guidance.
- Global Climate Change Research - The book Hell and High Water: Global Warming—the Solution and the Politics—and What We Should Do, written by former CECS Executive Director Dr. Joseph Romm, was published by Harper Collins in 2006. This book examines the science of global warming, the history of the debate, and the potential solutions. Hell and High Water discusses many of the impacts of climate change, from sea surface rise to increased hurricane strength, presenting the best available science in an accessible format. CECS has also done extensive research on a great range of technologies and market-based solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Brazilian Rainforest Water Program - As part of The Coca-Cola Company’s Live Positively platform for sustainability, Coca-Cola Brasil and its bottling partners launched the “Brazilian Rainforest Water Program” in 2007 to support climate and watershed protection through the reforestation of Brazil’s vital Atlantic Rainforest, an effort that serves to subsequentially rehabilitate the environment, protect biodiversity and restore ecosystem benefits once provided by the area. GETF supported The Coca-Cola Brazil Institute by providing partnership development support.
- Energy Management and Climate Protection Support - GETF has provided strategic counsel and consulting support to The Coca-Cola Company’s Energy Management and Climate Protection Team. This support has included development of long-term strategic options and near-term actions to reduce the company’s carbon footprint and cost effectively implement its climate protection programs, including partnership development support. To learn more about The Coca-Cola Company’s climate protection initiatives, click here to visit their website.
- National Commission on Energy Policy - Since the inception of the National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP) in 2002, GETF has provided NCEP and its staff with strategic outreach and communication support to promote the key findings of the Commission’s recommendations. GETF has also provided the Commission with research and analysis on a wide range of energy issues that include unconventional oil strategies and alternative hydrogen pathways.
- Climate Savers - GETF’s Center for Energy & Climate Solutions (CECS) has supported the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) U.S. Climate Savers Program. CECS worked with the WWF to help businesses develop and implement leading edge climate and energy solutions. Corporate partners included The Coca-Cola Company, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Polaroid Corporation, Nike, Lafarge and the Collins Companies, among others. CECS worked with companies in the program to achieve energy efficiency goals and increase the use of clean energy as well as recognize their efforts through the WWF’s communication channels. By helping companies set reduction goals and achieve them, CECS demonstrated both a strong business and environmental case for making greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and ways a company can do so without putting up its own capital. Corporate demonstrations of this type continue to provide a yardstick for what the entire country can do to reduce GHG emissions while accelerating economic growth and job creation. CECS consultation to both the WWF and the individual companies in this project helped recruit several companies into the Climate Savers Program and develop pathways to achieve critical greenhouse gas reductions.
- The U.S. EPA Energy Management Workshops was a series of meetings across the United States aimed at improving energy management at water and wastewater utilities. Cosponsors included EPA regional offices, state environmental and energy agencies and professional trade associations. Over 750 participants have learned how to apply a management systems approach (Plan-Do-Check-Act) to improve energy management at their utilities. GETF is providing follow-up activities with many workshop participants to include energy audits, prioritization of energy opportunities and benefits, implementing assessment tools and securing funding. GETF has conducted workshops throughout the country in all U.S. EPA Regions.
- The 3rd Port Environmental/Security Management System (EMS/SMS) Assistance Project (2008-2010) was a two-year project that supported five public seaport authorities in developing and implementing management systems to address environmental and security issues. In partnership with the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), GETF facilitated the collaborative learning format that has helped over 50 local government entities, including twenty port authorities to date, realize substantial improvement in their environmental, economic and security management performance. Participants in the 2008-2010 program include the Georgia Ports Authority, South Carolina State Ports Authority, Port of San Diego, Port of Long Beach and the California United Terminals.
- The National Public Entity EMS Resource (PEER) Center was an umbrella program to support Environmental Management System (EMS) implementation within the public sector. The PEER Center was built upon data and practitioner experiences from over 100 organizations implementing EMSs through five national EMS initiatives. The suite of ongoing complimentary programs under the PEER Center umbrella included an online clearinghouse of EMS information, case studies and guidance materials; a family of eleven PEER Local EMS Resource Centers located throughout the country to provide local communities with technical expertise, field tested tools, information sharing and support for EMS implementation; a quarterly newsletter highlighting the latest in public entity EMS achievements and a series of technical guidance tools, including handbooks, workbooks, toolboxes and on-line training modules. .
- Green Investment Screening Criteria for the Municipal Bond Market – Being a sustainable organization is increasingly important in both the private and public sectors. Sound approaches to green management offer numerous benefits which translate into lasting success. While these principles are being more actively applied in the business sector, they strongly apply to local government as well. For local governments, green management can facilitate improved fiscal management, reduced institutional risk, more effective service delivery and improved economic viability. Working with representatives from the financial sector, GETF developed criteria to help investors determine the long-term viability of local, city and state governments and the associated impact on their bond performance.
- Telework and Emissions Trading Study—(Phase II) – Many urban areas in the United States are confronted with major air pollution and traffic congestion problems. The federal government, states and local communities are working to address these challenges in a variety of ways, while also seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and oil imports. Telework is one strategy that can simultaneously reduce traffic congestion, oil consumption and pollution. The business community is a critical driver for implementing and expanding telework in the U.S. Through a grant with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, GETF conducted a study to determine whether emissions trading could incentivize more companies to offer telework programs by providing an additional source of revenue. Other goals included expanding awareness of telework and identifying barriers to greater adoption of telework. Local partnerships supporting this ecommute Program worked extensively with businesses to promote telework and explain best practices for implementing such a program.
- The International Institute for Sustainable Seaports (I2S2) was a nonprofit center of excellence specifically designed to support port authorities, their tenants and members of the maritime community. The I2S2 helped these stakeholders implement sustainable practices to ensure economic vitality while protecting environmental quality and community integrity.
- Greening the G8 - GETF collaborated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to conduct an impact assessment and evaluate environmental actions incorporated in the 2004 G8 Summit that was held in Sea Island, Georgia. The evaluation considered a range of activities including waste minimization; energy consumption and mitigation strategies; water resources, wildlife and habitat protection; efficient transportation and technology use pertaining to all aspects of implementing this large scale international event.
- CitiHope International seeks to promote health, prevent disease and provide cures to rural and underserved populations worldwide. Since 1990, CitiHope has procured, shipped and distributed over $650 million in medicine, medical supplies, nutritional and developmental resources worldwide. GETF worked with CitiHope on partnership development and other services. For more information, click here to see the CitiHope website.