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.

WADA supports a broad diversity of water-related projects in support of four focal areas:

  • Water for Health – Innovative water and sanitation delivery increased through improved operating environments
  • Water for Economies – Efficient use for value chains improved through increased access to markets, production, and income
  • Water for Environment – Watershed resiliency and future access to ecosystem services improved through risk reduction and watershed management
  • Water for Women – Improved economic and leadership opportunities for women through water

Each WADA project is unique, designed to address locally-identified water needs with sustainable solutions. See below for details on representative programs (PDF):

  • Madagascar: WADA is supporting the construction of water kiosks and laundry blocks to serve low-income populations in the Communes of Antananarivo, Mahajanga, and Toliara. This project is strengthening the capacity of service providers in non-revenue water management and mobilizing investment from a range of funding sources to scale-up and catalyze project impact.
  • Tanzania: WADA is supporting the installation and upgrading of solar powered water system access across 36 villages co-identified in conjunction with the Tanzanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation. The project will increase water access to more than 70,000 rural Tanzanians currently without sustainable, reliable access to clean water.
  • The Ripple Effect: WADA collaborated with global research firm Ipsos to explore the intersection of water and women’s empowerment. Referred to as the Ripple Effect Study, this research rigorously assessed the role of water in enabling women’s empowerment and promoting gender equality.