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.

  • Country: USA
    Duration: 2008 – present
    Location: Countrywide
    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.

  • Country: Indonesia
    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
    Duration: 2010-2012
    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.

  • Country: Nigeria
    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.

  • Country: Uganda
    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.

  • Country: Hungary
    Duration: 2009 – present
    Location: Countrywide
    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

The Americas

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, DowFord 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

Clean Energy and Climate Change