About us











Utility platform for strengthening partnerships of municipal utilities worldwide.

Our Factsheet

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 June 2024 and focuses on municipal water utilities.  In addition, three partnerships between waste management companies are being piloted.

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.


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

Georgia Peru Burkina Faso France Guadeloupe Martinique Reunion French Guiana Libya Belarus Pakistan Indonesia Yemen Madagascar Bolivia Serbia Côte d’Ivoire Algeria Switzerland Cameroon North Macedonia Botswana Ukraine Kenya Taiwan Jordan Mexico United Arab Emirates Belize Brazil Sierra Leone Mali Democratic Republic of the Congo Italy Somalia Afghanistan Bangladesh Dominican Replubic Guinea Bissau Ghana Austria Sweden Turkey Uganda Mozambique Japan New Zealand Cuba Venezuela Portugal Colombia Mauretania Angola Germany Thailand Australia Papua New Guinea Iraq Croatia Greenland Niger Denmark Latvia Romania Zambia Iran Myanmar Ethiopia Haiti Suriname Western Sahara Czech Replublic Albania Finnland Syria Kyrgyzstan Solomon Islands Oman Panama Argentina United Kingdom Costa Rica Paraguay Guinea Ireland Nigeria Tunisia Poland Namibia South Africa Egypt Tanzania Saudi Arabia Vietnam Russia Haiti Bosnia and Herzegovina India China Canada El Salvador Guyana Belgium São Tomé and Príncipe Lesotho Bulgaria Burundi Djibouti Azerbaijan Malaysia Philippines Uruguay Congo Montenegro Estonia Rwanda Armenia Senegal Togo Spain Gabon Hungary Malawi Tajikistan Cambodia South Korea Honduras Iceland Nicaragua Chile Morocco Liberia Netherlands Central African Replublic Slovakia Lithuania Zimbabwe Sri Lanka Israel Laos North Korea Greece Turkmenistan Ecuador Benin Slovenia Norway Moldova Lebanon Nepal Eritrea United States of America Kazakhstan Antarctica Eswatini Uzbekistan Mongolia Bhutan New Caledonia Fiji Kuwait East Timor Bahamas Vanuatu Falkland Islands South Georgia Gambia Qatar Jamaica Cyprus Puerto Rico West Bank Brunei Trinidad and Tobago American Samoa Luxembourg Comoros Mauritius Faroe Islands São Tomé e Príncipe Curacao Dominica Micronesia Mariana Islands Palau Antigua and Barbuda Barbados Turks- und Caicosislands St. Vincent and Grenadinen St. Lucia Mayotte US Virgin Islands Grenada Malta Montserrat Wallis and Futuna Marshallislands Aruba British Virgin Islands Jersey Anguilla Guernsey Tuvalu Nauru Tokelau Guatemala Sudan South Sudan Tschad
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