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With 768 million people living without clean drinking water around the world, many people think that we just need more money to solve the world’s water crisis.

Recently, I was in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to launch a new project between The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and WaterAid that is making safe drinking water a reality for people living in one of the poorest suburbs of the nation’s capital. Our extensive meetings included people from Coca-Cola and WaterAid from both the United States and Burkina Faso, a local government official, people from our local NGO partner, and representatives from the local water utility company, all together, at the same table. It’s not a surprise that the word local comes through three times in that sentence; that’s where and how projects can thrive and people feel responsible; that’s where change happens. At the table in Ouagadougou, our conversations took place in both English and French to make sure that everyone understood their role, and agreed to be accountable for their responsibilities. The investment is not just on the side of the funder, it’s from everyone at the table – the funders and recipients alike.

Hear more about Annie's trip to Africa, facts about the money spent each year to provide clean drinking water and more on solving the water crisis, find the rest of this post on WWF's On Balance.

Annie Bonner

Annie Bonner is Manager of Corporate Relations at WaterAid America