The pilot project is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Since July 2019, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Engagement Global with its Service Agency Communities in One World have been implementing the cooperation project. The utility platform is being developed and implemented together with the German Association of Local Utilities (VKU) and the German Water Partnership (GWP).
The German Water Partnership (GWP) is a joint initiative of enterprises and organisations from the German water industry and research sector and brings together their combined experience and skills. At the same time, it is the point of contact for partners abroad in all matters concerning the German water industry. The aim of the network, which was founded in April 2008 and is supported by five German ministries, is to establish German expertise and the quality label “Made in Germany” worldwide and to work together to strengthen the position of the German water industry in the international market.
The German Association of Local Utilities (VKU) represents the interests of the local public utility sector in Germany, which includes both supply and disposal services. The VKU has around 1,500 member companies, the majority of which work in the areas of energy supply, water supply and sanitation, waste management, municipal cleaning and telecommunications. With more than 285,000 employees, the member companies recorded turnover of around EUR 119 billion and invested more than EUR billion in 2018. The skills and experience of German municipal enterprises in the area of public service tasks are extremely valuable in development work. The Association promotes the development commitment of its member companies and supports them in planning and implementing corresponding projects and establishing international partnerships.