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.  GETF serves as the partnership manager for the Alliance, facilitating the development of new projects and providing direct management, administration, and oversight for each country program.

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 objectives:

  • Establishing participatory, sustainable water and watershed resources management to benefit people and ecosystems
  • Increasing access to community water supply and sanitation services
  • Fostering improved behaviors in sanitation and hygiene for positive health impacts
  • Promoting efficient and sustainable productive use of water to protect the environment and provide economic benefits to communities

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

  • In Chimoio, Mozambique, WADA combined the resources of local and international public and private entities to address the city’s urgent water needs through the rehabilitation of the dilapidated TextAfrica water treatment facility and an expansion of the city’s piped water network benefiting over 25,000 residents.
  • In West Java, Indonesia, WADA supported sustainable management of watersheds, outreach and education on water issues, water and sanitation service provision and household water treatment promotion.  Over 1 million people received messages of hygiene promotion.
  • In Kano State, Nigeria, WADA worked with a small, locally-based non-profit, the Women Farmer’s Advancement Network (WOFAN), to improve access to water, sanitation and hygiene services and support income generation and livelihoods benefiting over 65,000 people.
  • Around the city of Tarija, Bolivia, WADA supported the local water stakeholder forum PROAGUA to promote improved watershed and water resources management in a basin serving over 150,000 people.