Water and Development Alliance (WADA)

Capturing the capacity, commitment, and reach of USAID and Coca-Cola to work with communities for lasting impact on global water challenges


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Introduction to WADA

The Water and Development Alliance (WADA) is a collaboration between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Coca-Cola Company and its Foundations, managed by the Global Environment & Technology Foundation, to promote improved water management and expand clean water access to help build sustainable communities in the developing world.

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WADA began in 2005 and the Alliance’s activities focus on three pillars:

  • Water for Health, improving operating environments and implementing at scale models for the sustainable delivery of WASH services;
  • Water for Environment, addressing local watershed risks to improve resiliency and future access to ecosystem services; and
  • Water for Productive Use, promoting the efficient use of water for economic growth and sustainable value chains and food security goals.


Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte D'Ivoire, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Uganda, Zambia
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WADA leverages the expertiese and core capabilities of USAID and Coca-Cola to advance progress towards the sustainable development goals. The Alliance engages key stakeholders at the local, national, and regional level to create ownership and ensure sustainability.


For more than 40 years, USAID has worked closely with water sector experts to provide water supply and sanitation services, improve water resources management and support the sustainable management of watersheds in developing countries while actively establishing publicprivate alliances for development.


As the world’s leading producers of non-alcoholic beverages with operations in over 200 countries, Coca-Cola and its bottling partners are committed to responsible water stewardship across global beverage operations.

Other Implementing Partners

  • ADDA (Action for Sustainable Development in Africa)
  • Aga Khan Foundation
  • Alliance to Save Energy
  • AMSS (Association Malienne pour la Survie au Sahel)
  • ARD, inc. (Associates in Rural Development)
  • Beta Construction Engineers
  • Betraco-Mesodi
  • CARE
  • Chemonics Egypt Consultants
  • Christian Children's Fund
  • CPTS (Centro de Promocion de Tecnologias Sostenibles)
  • Development Workshop
  • EJL Chimoio (Empreendimentos Hones Limitada)
  • FACE Africa (Fund a Child’s Education)
  • Family Health International
  • Florida International University
  • GFA Consulting Group
  • Global Communities
  • IRG (International Resources Group)
  • John Bunnik
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Millennium Water Alliance
  • Mvula Trust
  • Namibia Red Cross Society
  • ONG Jiji
  • Partners for Development
  • PROMETA (Protección del Medio Ambiente Tarija)
  • Research Triangle Institute


WADA values knowledge sharing and thought leadership to advance the water sector by addressing challenging topics such as water quality, good governance, sound science and information, financial and ecological sustainability, and social and gender equity. Through a series of convenings, published case studies, online eLearning courses, webinars, and other dissemination, WADA will share program successes and lessons learned with the broader community of practitioners.


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Contact Us

If your organization would like to learn more about partnership or thought leadership opportunities with WADA, please contact us by sharing your information. Thank you for your interest in working together for a more water resilient future.


In Egypt, the Water and Development Alliance (WADA) has supported water utilities and Governorate offices to reduce non-revenue water losses through leak and theft detection. Photo Credit: Water and Development Alliance (WADA) // Egypt