International Waters learning Exchange & Resource Network

4.2 - Potential Partners

This page contains information on a sample of potential foundations and business organizations that a GEF IW Project may consider for a PPP.

The following foundations provide samples of potential partners and focus on issues related to water, international development and agriculture.  Please see the websites for more information regarding key issues areas and the proposal process:

Table 2 – Potential Foundation Partners

Foundation Name



Geographic Focus


Bill and Melinda Gates

1) Global Development, which has such priorities as poverty, agricultural development, emergency relief, access to technology and libraries and water and sanitation; 2) Global Health, which includes major initiatives towards controlling or eliminating AIDS and Malaria, as well as nutrition, tobacco issues, polio, tuberculosis and other diseases.


South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia

Sam Dryden, Director, Agricultural Development, Global Development Program

Frank Rijsberman, Director, Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene, Global Development Program

The Coca-Cola Foundation

Supports programs designed to promote water stewardship, healthy and active lifestyles, community recycling and education.


Europe and
Latin America

Helen Smith Price, Executive Director

Conrad Hilton

Supports efforts to improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people throughout the world by focusing on five strategic initiatives and five major program areas.  Potential applicants should see Current Programs for more information.


Global programs and

Braimah Apambire,

Sr. Program Officer and WASH Advisor

Howard Buffett Foundation Support for environmental conservation to alleviate world hunger and the initiative the Purchase for Progress (P4P) to help poor farmers in the developing world. $207,444,887 Grants to organizations in GA, IL, MD, England and Italy for projects in Africa and Latin America Howard W. Buffett
Packard Improves the lives of children, enabling the creative pursuit of science, advancing reproductive health and conserving and restoring the earth's natural systems. $5,699,231,606 Global programs,
South Asia and 
Sub-Saharan Africa

Walter V. Reid, Ph.D., Director, Conservation and Science

Starbucks Supports programs designed to support young people creating change in local communities, water projects through the Ethos Water Fund and social investments in countries where Starbuck buys coffee and tea. $17,599,190 Africa,
Latin America,
Middle East,
South Africa,
Thailand and
United Kingdom

Joelle Skaga Nausin

There are several  global business coalitions that could offer solid starting points for GEF IW project managers to engage potential partners, including:

Business Coalition


Business for Social Responsibility

BSR works with its global network of nearly 300 member companies to build a just and sustainable world.  BSR’s Sustainable Water Group is dedicated to responsible practices around water use and wastewater discharge in global supply chains.

Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI)

The Global Environmental Management Initiative is a global leader in developing insights and creating environmental sustainability solutions for business.  For over 20 years, GEMI has captured the vision and experience of global corporate environmental, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability leaders from diverse business sectors through the development of a wide range of more than 30 publicly-available, solutions-based tools designed to help companies improve the environment, their operations and add business value.

Global Harvest Initiative (GHI)

The Global Harvest Initiative is a public-partnership united under the common goal of sustainably closing the global agricultural productivity gap to address global hunger and food security. GHI releases its signature GAP Report™, an annual benchmark of the global rate of agricultural productivity.

Global Water Challenge (GWC)

Global Water Challenge is a non-profit coalition of leading organizations committed to addressing water and sanitation issues.  Drawing upon the experience, expertise and assets of its members, GWC is able to create partnerships that achieve far greater results than any one organization could by itself.

Global Water Partnership (GWP)

The Global Water Partnership was founded by the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) to foster integrated water resource management (IWRM).  IWRM is the coordinated development and management of water, land and related resources in order to maximize economic and social welfare without compromising the sustainability of ecosystems and the environment.

UN Global Compact

The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.  Endorsed by chief executives, the Global Compact is a practical framework for the development, implementation, and disclosure of sustainability policies and practices, offering participants a wide spectrum of work streams, management tools and resources – all designed to help advance sustainable business models and markets.  With over 8,700 corporate participants and other stakeholders from over 130 countries, it is the largest voluntary corporate responsibility initiative in the world.

U.S. Water Partnership (USWP)

Announced in March 2012 by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the U.S. Water Partnership unites and mobilizes U.S. expertise, resources and ingenuity to address water challenges around the globe, particularly in the developing world.  A joint effort of both public and private sectors in the U.S., the partnership is supported by government agencies, academic organizations, water coalitions, NGOs and the private sector.