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For nearly two decades, the Water and Development Alliance (WADA), a global partnership between USAID and The Coca-Cola Company, The Coca-Cola Foundation and the Coca-Cola bottling system significantly contributed to building resilient communities and ecosytems through water-based initiatives. GETF served as WADA's managing partner and secretariat.

For nearly two decades, the Water and Development Alliance (WADA), a global partnership between USAID and The Coca-Cola Company, The Coca-Cola Foundation and the Coca-Cola bottling system significantly contributed to building resilient communities and ecosytems through water-based initiatives. GETF served as WADA's managing partner and secretariat.

A pioneering model of successful collective action, WADA partnered with governments, communities, and the private sector to address challenges and harness opportunities connected to water.  WADA’s approach brought together the business capabilities of the Coca-Cola system with USAID’s premier development expertise to create solutions that grew stable economies and  strengthened resilient communities and environments around the world.

IMPACT

With a combined USD $59 million investment WADA, under GETF’s management, delivered solutions that uplifted lives across 34 countries.

Improved WASH service delivery

  • Provided safe water access for 1.7+ million people
  • Provided 308,807+ people with sanitation access and education
  • Improved water and sanitation system capacity for 900 communities

Economic empowerment and food security

  • Provided 488,264+ women and youth with financial literacy and entrepreneurship training
  • Increased food security in 9 countries through sustainable agriculture training/tools 

Improved land use and basin management

  • Improved management of 1 million acres of land via tree planting, soil conservation and water efficient farming practices
  • Conserved/restored 38 basins with climate smart and water efficient technologies and improved wastewater treatment

Climate resilience building and utility strengthening

  • Climate adaptation across 181 communities and 6 countries through utility strengthening that reduced non-revenue water (NRW), improved water service efficiency, energy-efficient water supply, flood-resistant water infrastructure and climate-smart agriculture practices
  • Built capacity for 6 utilities through planning processes, data management and network analysis – unlocking new investment for sustainable service delivery