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 20 years, GETF has supported projects in over 50 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, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

The Americas

Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala, USA


Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine


Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Turkey, Turkmenistan


Some of GETF’s notable partnerships include:

  • Global Water Challenge (GWC) is a coalition of leading organizations committed to achieving universal access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).  GWC accelerates the delivery of safe water and sanitation through partnerships that catalyze financial support and drive innovation for sustainable solutions.  Principal Donor Members of Global Water Challenge include Cargill, The Coca-Cola Company, The Dow Chemical CompanyFord Motor Company, Kimberly-Clark, Merck and the Wallace Genetic Foundation.  The Global Environment & Technology Foundation 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.
  • 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 unique partnership between The Coca-Cola Company and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that addresses community water needs in developing countries around the world.  In conjunction with local USAID Missions and Coca-Cola system partners, and with support from GETF, WADA contributes to protecting and improving the sustainability of watersheds, increasing access to water supply and sanitation services for the world’s poor and enhancing productive uses of water. With a combined investment of $28.1 million since 2005, WADA is having a positive impact on the lives of people and the health of ecosystems in 22 countries worldwide, 16 of which are in Africa.
  • 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. GETF supports the program management of nutrient reduction programs within GEF’s international waters portfolio.
  • Diageo, plc – GETF has supported Diageo’s Corporate Social Responsibility and environmental sustainability efforts through numerous activities  including strategic planning, partnership development and program management.  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 expand water service delivery throughout Africa.  For more information, click here to see the Water of Life website.
  • The International Institute for Sustainable Seaports (I2S2) is a nonprofit center of excellence specifically designed to support port authorities, their tenants and members of the maritime community.  The I2S2 helps 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 works with CitiHope on partnership development and other services. For more information, click here to see the CitiHope website.

GETF supports 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