Safe Water for Africa is designed to work with communities across the continent

'Safe Water for Africa' is designed to work with communities across the continent

The Coca-Cola Co and Diageo have joined forces with WaterHealth International (WHI) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in a bid to improve access to safer drinking water in Africa.

The 'Safe Water for Africa' (SWA) partnership, announced yesterday (4 May), aims to drive WHI's water delivery model across the continent. Coca-Cola, Diageo, and WHI have committed around US$6m to the project, which will run across Ghana, Nigeria, and Liberia in 2011.

New country programmes are expected to be announced in 2012. The partnership said it plans to raise around $20m in total for the project by the end of next year.

"Easy access to safe drinking water is critical for the economic development of Africa," said Diageo Africa's president, Nick Blazquez. "SWA brings together leaders in the private sector who share a common commitment in making a meaningful contribution to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals."

The United Nation's Millennium Development Goals aim to achieve eight anti-poverty goals by 2015, including commitments for women's and children's health and other initiatives against poverty, hunger and disease.