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Sustainable infrastructure

Often people fail to recognise the importance of infrastructure until they discover they don’t have any. Infrastructure is the great enabler – it  enables economic growth and, as a result, is the bedrock for better living conditions. Water, energy, transport and adequate housing are not only a source of development, they drive it forward too.

Water is a source of vital nutrients and the basis for hygiene. But it is an economic good and production factor, too. Access to this essential resource and to good sanitation is essential for health, peaceful coexistence and productivity. 


Access to Water and Sanitation


Access to Water and Sanitation


Dynamic development thrives on ecologically sustainable energy resources that can be accessed where they are needed – in private households, agriculture, industry and in the service sector. An effective transport system is the backbone of every modern economy. It gets people to their place of work, to school and college and brings them to doctors and hospitals. Furthermore, it also opens up rural areas for development and makes cities internationally competitive.


It goes without saying that water is essential for human life and that it is the basis for hygiene. But, as an economic good, production factor and habitat, water is also important for all kinds of development, too. Only a small proportion of the earth’s water, roundabout 2.6%, is fresh water. And these resources have to satisfy a wide range of needs that vie with each other for supremacy. Integrated water resource management is the guiding principle of our approaches. We are aiming at increasing commonly economic efficiency, social equity and ecological sustainability.

GIZ supports regulated access to safe water supply. Hygiene and sustainable sanitation are also an absolute must if people are to live in health and dignity. We also promote adaption to climate change, both within our partner countries and at a transboundary level because, without this, it is not possible to sustain access to water resources or food production. GIZ is currently developing with their partners appropriate concepts for integrated water resource management as the cornerstone for better productivity, economic growth and poverty reduction.

Sustainable water supply and sanitation

Access to drinking water and sanitation is essential for development. We advise decision-makers and institutions, support training measures and the management of water and wastewater companies, and balance the interests of different societal groups. In this way we help develop sustainable and pro-poor water supply and sanitation systems.

Wasser - und Sanitärversorgung Water supply and sanitation

Water policy

We offer advisory services on water policy in order to enhance the capability of people and institutions. Our aim is to support effective, efficient, socially equitable and ecologically sound development in the water sector and so ensure the provision of services for all users.

Leistungsangebot Wasserpolitik Advisory service – Water

Water resources management

How can we provide sufficient, good quality water to meet everybody’s needs and avoid damaging the environment at the same time? In addressing the challenges of water resources management, we offer cooperative, integrative, transboundary solutions that are climate-sensitive and take into account environmental aspects, including biodiversity.

Wasserressourcenmanagement Advisory service – Water Resources Management

Water and agriculture

We advise partners on organisational development and reform processes, with a view to establishing sustainable water resource management. Furthermore, we advise on appropriate farming and irrigation techniques to enable adaptation to climate change.

Wasser und Landwirtschaft Water and agriculture


Population and economic growth equate with high demand for energy. Many scenarios suggest that the demand for energy will rise by up to 50 percent over the next 20 years.

Although a large proportion of energy consumption will continue to be met by fossil fuels over the short to medium term, this does not constitute a sustainable development option. In view of climate change, the use of fossil fuels needs to be radically curtailed. This is why expanding the use of renewable energy supplies and ensuring their efficient use are a major concern of GIZ.

Economic development cannot go ahead if there is not sufficient energy to fuel it and no headway can be made with living conditions either. Many people are still cut off from modern energy supplies, especially in rural areas. We promote projects that give the poor better access to energy, since this creates jobs and helps improve their living conditions.

Basic energy supply

We promote efficient cooking energy, develop the market for small-scale power systems (solar home systems, solar lanterns) and work to expand grid-based rural electrification schemes. This requires us to advise governmental institutions on the design of appropriate framework conditions.

Energiegrundversorgung Basic energy supplies

Renewable energy

We assist our partner countries to build up and expand the use of renewables, specifically wind energy, water power, bio energy (especially biogas and biomass) and solar energy. Our activities in this field are technologically state-of-the-art and include grid feed-in options.

Erneuerbare Energien Renewable energy

Energy efficiency

We counsel our partners on energy efficiency in thermal power plants, in buildings, in a wide range of different industrial applications, households, municipalities, and the transport sector.

Energieeffizienz Energy efficiency

International energy policy

A sustainable supply of energy is essential for all aspects of everyday life – for business, transport, education and health care. Secure and reliable energy services are a prerequisite for the dynamic development of a society. We promote the transition to future-oriented, efficient and sustainable energy systems that are based on renewable energies, and we work to embed national processes in international frameworks.

Internationale Energiepolitik International energy processes

Transport and infrastructure

Transport is key driving force behind societal and economic development. Communication, economic development and the dissemination of ideas have always been shaped and enabled by transport systems. An effective transport system and energy infrastructure are the backbone of every modern economy. Their combined impact helps lift people out of poverty and enhances their general living conditions. Efficient transport networks are a good starting point for a prosperous economy and act as a portal to the global economy.

GIZ is rising to present and future challenges, such as traffic gridlock, growing environmental pollution or climate change with viable mobility concepts designed to craft sustainable development in a wide variety of areas.

Transport policy and infrastructure management

Mobility plays an important role in modern societies – where access to markets, services, schools and healthcare is critically dependent on excellent infrastructure services. But transport services also cause problems, such as pollution and noise, and they take up space. We develop concepts and strategies for transport policy at local and national level that promote the advantages of enhanced mobility.

Verkehrspolitik und Infrastrukturmanagement Transport policy and Infrastructure management

Cities, transport, climate

More traffic, emissions, soot, noise and dust: in urban areas around the world these problems are becoming increasingly severe and in some cases affecting the health of the population. At the same time, mobility is crucial if cities are to remain economically viable. We therefore provide advisory support at various administrative levels to foster sustainable, environmentally friendly and forward-looking solutions.

Zukunftsfähige Städtische Mobilität Sustainable urban mobility