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Coca-Cola and USAID Improve Access to Water in the North

January 23, 2007

H.E. The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, and US Ambassador to Uganda, Steven A. Browning launch a new partnership between the United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) on Tuesday, January 23 from 2-6 p.m. at the Serena Hotel.  The goal of this partnership is to improve access to water in northern Uganda, specifically in Lira, Dokolo and Amuria districts.

Since 2005, together, Coca-Cola and USAID have contributed $8 million for this “Community Watersheds Partnership Program (CWPP)” to improve access to water in twelve developing countries—ten of which are in Africa.  The “Northern Uganda Water Springs Initiative” aims to improve access to constant and dependable water supply, enhance watershed management practice and increase good sanitation practices. In Uganda, this $500,000 project is expected to benefit 30,000 returnees and their livestock.

The project will be implemented by Christian Children’s Fund (CCF) and Cooperazione Internationale (COOPI) in close collaboration with the Government of Uganda.  The Minister of Water, Lands and Environment and the Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, and senior personnel from The Coca Cola Company and USAID attended the launch.

The Coca-Cola Company is a for-profit corporation that is interested in preserving water because water is the key ingredient in 400 of its beverage brands.  Simultaneously, access to adequate, dependable, clean water is also a basic need for quality human life.  TCCC has committed to play its role in being responsible mangers of this shared resource and in helping to address the challenges of global water access.

USAID/Uganda is working to mitigate the causes and consequences of conflict in northern Uganda through its programs in health, education, economic growth, peace and reconciliation, good governance, food security and humanitarian assistance.  The value of this assistance is $88 million this year.  In addition to the partnership with Coca Cola, USAID/Uganda is exploring other public-private alliances for northern Uganda through USAID’s Global Development Alliance program.

For more information please contact 041-306-001 or kburns @usaid.gov.