In response to World Water Week in Stockholm last month, our partner WWF is hosting a water series on their blog On Balance
to continue the conversation. Several different partners will be
sharing their perspectives, and we're helping spread those stories here
on Unbottled. Check back each day this week to get a snapshot of their
posts and to jump into the conversation in the comments.
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
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 is Manager of Corporate Relations at WaterAid America