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Global Water Challenge and The Coca-Cola Foundation Announce New World Partnership

Published 03-22-17

Submitted by Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF)

In honor of World Water Day, Global Water Challenge (GWC) and The Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF) announce a new partnership to catalyze solutions for safe water challenges across Central Asia, South Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.  The New World Program (NWP) will provide catalytic grants totaling nearly $2MM for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and economic empowerment programs across these regions. 

Focused on supporting innovative, inclusive, and sustainable progress towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the NWP encourages the participation of civil society organizations to support solutions in the areas of WASH and women’s and youth empowerment.

The grant funding will be awarded through a call for proposals, with selected projects anticipated to begin work in June 2017.  Funding will be awarded to organizations working in the following 18 countries: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Gambia, Georgia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russian Federation, South Africa, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Zimbabwe.  Organizations that are eligible for NWP funding include: Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations (CBOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), development cooperatives, regional development agencies, and capacity development institutes.

"The Coca-Cola Foundation is proud to be a part of this program, which has the potential to change lives for many,” said Helen Smith Price, President of The Coca-Cola Foundation and Vice President of Global Community Affairs at The Coca-Cola Company.  “Working together we can make a positive impact and help develop more sustainable communities.”

“GWC is honored to be supporting this global partnership that will advance sustainable community development.  Such high-impact partnerships are critical in the race to accomplish the SDGs, and continue to be core to the work of both TCCF and GWC,” said Monica Ellis, CEO of Global Water Challenge.  

GWC is managing the third phase of funding for the NWP, which originally launched in 2014 with the United Nations Development Programme.  A leading not-for-profit 501(c)3 with over a decade of experience supporting high-impact WASH programming and partnerships around the world, GWC will leverage its extensive network and management expertise for the benefit of the NWP partnership.  Organizations interested in applying for NWP grants should contact



Founded in 2006, Global Water Challenge (GWC) is a coalition of leading organizations committed to achieving universal access to improved WASH.  With leading companies, civil society partners, and governments, GWC accelerates the delivery of safe water and sanitation through partnerships that catalyze financial support and drive innovation for sustainable solutions.  Through GWC’s innovative public-private partnerships, nearly 1 million people have been reached with safe water access.  More information about GWC can be found here.  

The Coca-Cola Foundation is the global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company.  Since its inception in 1984, TCCF has awarded more than $900 million in grants to support sustainable community initiatives around the world.  More information about TCCF can be found here. 

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands and more than 3,800 beverage choices.  Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our company’s portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands, 18 of which are available in reduced-, low- or no-calorie options.  Our billion-dollar brands include Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero, Fanta, Sprite, Dasani, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Del Valle, Georgia and Gold Peak.  Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, we are the No.  1 provider of both sparkling and still beverages.  More than 1.9 billion servings of our beverages are enjoyed by consumers in more than 200 countries each day.  With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate.  Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates.  For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at, follow us on Twitter at, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at or find us on LinkedIn at

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Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF)

The Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF), established in 1988, is a leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to accelerate sustainable development through partnerships that deliver impact at scale. GETF builds and manages high impact public-private partnerships improving the lives of over 10 million people in 65 countries through water access, sanitation and hygiene, health systems strengthening, entrepreneurship, women’s empowerment, sustainable agriculture and climate resilience. Partnership platforms under GETF’s management include the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), The Coca-Cola Foundation’s signature community water initiative, the Water and Development Alliance (WADA) and Project Last Mile Partnership (PLM) both partnerships between The Coca-Cola Company and USAID. GETF serves as the Secretariat for two high-impact water coalitions – Global Water Challenge and the US Water Partnership.  For more information visit

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