Water provides sustenance; it is an economic good, a factor of production and a habitat. Water has often competing demands placed on it. Integrated water resource management is the guiding principle of our approaches. We are aiming at increasing commonly economic efficiency, social equity and ecological sustainability.

One of the most pressing development challenges is to balance competing interests and especially to provide poor populations in developing countries with regulated access to sufficient safe water supplies. Hygiene and sanitation are also crucial, not only in improving health but also in ensuring people can live in dignity. If sufficient water is to be available for food production in the long run, water must be distributed equitably and changes must be made to adapt to climate change. This has to happen not only at national level, but also across national borders.

On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) GIZ advises developing countries on how to manage their water resources fairly, efficiently and sustainably. With the help of our partners, we aim to reduce extreme poverty and develop structures that facilitate and encourage sustainable development.

GIZ supports their partner in:

  • Sustainable water supply
  • Sustainable sanitation/ecosan
  • Sector Reform
  • Regulation in the water sector
  • Transboundary water management
  • Management of water sheds
  • Water and agriculture



Examples of our work

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Water policy

In 2010 the United Nations explicitly recognised the human right to water. For this right to become a reality, there is a need not only for extensive investment in infrastructure, but also for long-term reform of the water sector in many countries. Sector reforms create the necessary political, institutional and legal conditions for sustainable access to clean water and sanitation.

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Advisory and service portfolio

Here you will find an overview of the technical and methodological services we offer.


Publication database

The publications database comprises more than 38,000 documents, which can be downloaded as PDF files or ordered as print versions if available.