The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent federal government agency that provides assistance to foreign countries with the twofold purpose of furthering America's interests while improving lives in the developing world. USAID carries out U.S. foreign policy by promoting broad-scale human progress at the same time it expands stable, free societies, creates markets and trade partners for the United States, and fosters good will abroad. Spending less than 1 percent of the total federal budget, USAID works in more than 100 countries to: promote broadly shared economic prosperity; strengthen democracy and good governance; protect human rights; improve global health; advance food security and agriculture; improve environmental sustainability; further education; help societies prevent and recover from conflicts; and provide humanitarian assistance in the wake of natural and man-made disasters.

In 2005, The Coca-Cola Company and USAID formed the Water and Development Alliance (WADA), a unique global partnership to address community water needs in developing countries around the world. Our system partners (foundations and bottlers) work in partnership with USAID and its missions on water stewardship activities. With a combined investment of more than $31 million since its inception, WADA is having a positive impact on the lives of people and the health of ecosystems through 34 projects in 25 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. As of September 2013, WADA has provided nearly 375,000 people with life-saving access to clean water and improved the management of nearly 450,000 hectares of land.

WADA is now entering its next phase, based on a detailed successful evaluation, which will focus on three pillars: Water for Health, Water for Environment and Water for Productive Use. Together with USAID, we also announced support for new WADA investments that will provide more than 190,000 people with improved clean water and/or improved sanitation services by the end of 2015. Through these programs, WADA will support integrated approaches to clean water and sanitation service delivery in Africa where more than 300 million are without an improved water source and 630 million lack improved sanitation facilities.

For more information about USAID, please visit their website.