Tanzania’s water sector was reformed in 2002 and thereafter GIZ started a capacity development programme for the newly established water utilities responsible for supplying water in urban areas. The public utilities are supposed to work commercially but still face various challenges like high volume of water losses or insufficient human resources that prevent them from fulfilling their mandate. The GIZ capacity development programme focuses on different areas of performance of the utilities and covers technical as well as organisational and commercial issues. Extending its programme over the years, improvement measures financed by GIZ reach over 105 water utilities in the whole country. Since December 2013 a consulting company implements the measures on behalf of GIZ.
The component supports two other important institutions in the Tanzanian water sector on a long-term basis:
1) The Water Development and Management Institute, offers training for technicians in the water sector. Among others, GIZ assists in the development of a Water Technician Fund which offers loans to students.
2) The Association of Tanzanian Water Suppliers (ATAWAS) which is an umbrella organisation for water utilities in the country.
Improvement of the water supply and sanitation utilities in terms of their institutional and personnel capacities.