Utility platform for strengthening partnerships of municipal utilities worldwide.

The New Urban Agenda of the United Nations emphasises the importance of effective municipal enterprises for sustainable, climate-resilient and inclusive urban development. The Member States are committed to taking measures that will strengthen the performance capability of water utilities.

Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) believes German municipal enterprises have an important role to play in strengthening the local delivery of basic public services in partner countries. They possess the knowledge, skills and experience needed on the ground. This is why the BMZ has initiated the pilot project: Utility platform for strengthening partnerships of municipal utilities worldwide. The pilot phase runs until 2023 and focuses on municipal water utilities.

With the utility platform, the BMZ is supporting cooperation and partnerships between municipal utilities in Germany and the Global South. Furthermore, durable structures are being established that will in future support partnerships between municipal enterprises worldwide.


About us

Background and objectives

What we aim for

Partnership-based transfer of technical know-how, business and organizational knowledge.

Implementing organisations

Who we are

A pilot project of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Engagement Global with its Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW).


Cooperation partners

Together we are strong

The utility platform works closely with the German Water Partnership and the Association of Municipal Companies (VKU).


Our offer

What we support and how

Strengthening partnerships of municipal enterprises worldwide: professional support, networking, direct support, qualification measures, financing advice.




Our partnerships

Stadtentwässerung Dresden – Lvivvodokanal

Germany – Ukraine

Know-how transfer between West and East

German-Ukrainian utility partnership values dialogue between experts.

HAMBURG WASSER – Miyahuna LLC Water Company

Germany – Jordan

Plant visits via video conferencing

German-Jordanian utility partnership gets going with an online meeting.

GELSENWASSER – Lukanga Water Supply & Sanitation Company

Germany – Zambia

Start small and achieve rapid results

Utility partnership with Zambia starts with a pilot project on an area of one square kilometre.



Germany – Morocco

Digitalisation is key to making water utilities fit for the future

German-Moroccan utility partnership sets its sights on Work 4.0.


More information


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Hands-on cooperation gets under way

Hands-on cooperation gets under way


The partnership between Stadtentwässerung Dresden and Lvivvodokanal is working on the following themes: cost-covering…

Tackling challenges together - municipal utilities in development cooperation

Tackling challenges together - municipal utilities in development cooperation


Utility platform workshop at the 15th Federal Conference of Municipal Development Cooperation (BUKO) in Bonn …


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World Water Week 2021

World Water Week 2021

23.08.2021 - 27.08.2021

Building Resilience Faster.


Progress on household drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, 2000-2020


Since 2000, billions of people have gained access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services, but many countries still have a long way to go…