The U.S. Agency for International Development and Coca-Cola Co. will spend an additional $12.7 million on water projects in sub-Saharan Africa.
The money will fund projects in Angola, Burundi, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania.
With the new investment, USAID and Coca-Cola will have committed $28.1 million since 2005 to support 32 projects in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia as part of their Water and Development Alliance. The program focuses on watershed management, water supply and sanitation, hygiene promotion, and productive water use.
“We recognize that no single organization can solve the global water crisis, but by partnering with organizations like USAID we can make a positive difference in the lives of the people in need of safe water and sanitation,” William Asiko, president of the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, said in a news release.
USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah said the effort illustrates the importance of public-private partnerships in solving global water problems.
“By matching USAID’s development expertise with the resources, capacities, and commitment of the Coca-Cola Co., we are making a positive impact on community water issues throughout the developing world,” Mr. Shah said in a news release.
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