H20 Africa and WaterPartners Agree to Merge

Actor Matt Damon, co-founder of H20 Africa, and WaterPartners executive director and co-founder Gary White have announced the launch of a new organization, Water.org, which will work to improve access to safe water and sanitation in the developing world.

Building on nearly two decades of innovation in the sector, Water.org will work to champion innovative business models, local partner development, improved project selection and oversight, and post-development monitoring and evaluation. Executives of the two organizations expect the merger to also improve efficiencies, leverage their respective grassroots awareness-building expertise, and increase the overall social return on donations. To that end, the organization will launch a new Web site later this year that is designed to bring unprecedented transparency and connectedness between donors and those in need.

"For more than twenty years I've been working to realize the vision of global access to safe water, and with the help of our donors, staff, partner organizations, and the H2OAfrica team, I'm confident we can accelerate our impact," said Gary White, who will be executive director of the new organization. "It will open the door to advocacy work, and bring the water issue to new heights in the public's consciousness."

"Water.org Working Toward Global Access to Safe Water." Water.org Press Release 07/14/2009.