GIZ Water Programme within the water sector

Participation in Development Partner Groups (DPG):

The Development Partners (DP) active in the water sector meet regularly within the Development Partner Group Water (DPG-W), which is co-chaired by the German Development Cooperation, through KfW, and the Worldbank. The DPG-W has been in operation since 2005, supporting the harmonization of DP approaches and enhancing dialogue between the Government of Tanzania and the Development Partners by providing a united voice on Water Sector Development. GIZ has been a member in the group since its establishment. GIZ is also represented in the Sub-group on climate change in the DPG on Environment since 2011.

Joint efforts: The Water Sector Development Programme

Tanzania’s Development Vision 2025 aims to eliminate abject poverty and to attain a high quality of life for all Tanzanians by 2025. This includes a target of universal access to safe water in urban areas and 90% coverage in rural areas. To achieve this commitment the Water Sector Development Programme (WSDP) has been initiated in 2008 to strengthen institutions for integrated water resources management and to improve access to the delivery of sustainable water supply and sanitation services.
The programme is meant to help the water sector institutions and Development Partners to better coordinate projects & measures and prioritize investments. A dialogue structure with different working groups improves the communication between Development Partners and the Government entities.

Funding for the WSDP comes from government resources, earmarked DP funding and from a DP financed water basket. WSDP Phase I had an overall financial envelop of 1.3 billion US$, including a basket share of 590 million US$. The programme is coordinated by the WSDP Programme Coordination Unit (PCU) in the Ministry of Water, which is supported by GIZ through a long-term advisor since 2014.
The second phase started in July 2014, with a tentative overall budget of 3 billion US$ for a 5-year period until 2019. Some changes have been introduced for the new phase. The most important are the allocation of sanitation as a separate component and the integration of Capacity Development into all components, instead of being a sub-component alongside financial monitoring as in phase 1.
The new phase foresees five Technical Working Groups (TWGs), namely 1. Water Resource Management; 2. Rural Water Supply; 3. Urban Water Supply and Sewerage; 4. Sanitation & Hygiene; 5. Programme Delivery Support.
The GIZ Water Programme will be involved in four of the five working groups. So far there are no direct activities on rural water supply (Comp. 2). The TWGs meet every 3 months to review the agreed actions, develop undertakings and exchange on the general improvement within their technical area.

Direct Cooperation with certain bilateral partners:


A close cooperation is established with the German Development Bank, KfW, which is realized through bi-weekly meetings and semiannual workshops of the German Development Cooperation. Areas of cooperation are sanitation (school WASH in Mbeya) and the cooperation in the 7 Town Urban Upgrading Programme, which is supported through integrated experts (CIM) in Mtwara and Babati.


Cooperation with JICA is mainly in the areas of:

  • Capacity Development in the rural areas
  • Water Futures/ Stewardship Approach with TBL/WWF etc.


Cooperation with the French Development Agency AFD is still being finalized, mainly in the field of:

  • Capacity Development in the urban water supply utilities