About us

The “Support to the Water Sector Development in Tanzania” (SWSD) is a bilateral development cooperation programme between the United Republic of Tanzania and the Federal Republic of Germany. The programme is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Following a long line of cooperations in the water sector, the current programme started in 2002 and works in close cooperation with different public and private stakeholders on district, regional and national level.

Our objective:

Contribute to the improved access of the Tanzanian population to sustainable, efficient and ecologically compliant drinking water and sanitation services.

Our five main working areas are:

  • Policy Advice
  • Regulation
  • Sanitation
  • Capacity Development
  • Water Resource Management

Our Approach:

To implement our activities we work in a multi-level approach with advisors at our partner institutions on national level (Ministry of Water, Energy & Water Utilities Regulatory Authority, the Water Development and Management Institute, the Association of Tanzanian Water Suppliers) and with our development advisors and integrated experts at district and regional level (Water and Sanitation Authorities, Basin Water Offices and Regional Secretariats).

Our Contributions:

Within the Tanzanian water sector we have supported the development of a new legal framework (Water and Sanitation Act, Water Resource Management Act, Water Policy, National Water Strategy) as well as the development of a regulatory framework. Additionally, the programme has supported the development of a dialogue mechanism within the Water Sector Development Programme (WSDP) and improved donor harmonization. Together with the regulator and other sector stakeholders the sector monitoring could be improved. The main focus was and still is on the strengthening of water institutions and organizations within the sector to guarantee sustainability. To this end a comprehensive Capacity Development (CD) approach for water and sanitation utilities throughout the country has been introduced, as well as the support to an Organization Development process within the Ministry of Water.   

For detailed information about our work, please read our factsheets.