Bilateral energy partnerships and dialogues

Project description

Title: Bilateral energy partnerships
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)
Country: Global; Algeria, Brazil, Chile, China, Ethiopia, India, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, South Africa, Tunisia​​​​​​​
Lead executing agency: Energy ministries of the partner countries involved​​​​​​​
Overall term: 2016 to 2023

7. Deutsch-Indisches Energieforum in Berlin, September 2016. © GIZ/Trappe


Germany is committed to sustainable energy supply. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) is therefore also striving to promote the energy transition at international level and attract new partners. Bilateral energy partnerships, which are each established directly between Germany and a partner country, are a key instrument to achieve this goal..

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH currently implements 11 energy partnerships with Algeria, Brazil, Chile, China, Ethiopia, India, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, South Africa and Tunisia. The partnerships combine intergovernmental dialogue with practical, goal-oriented project work and actively involve the german private sector.


Economic and sustainable transformation of energy systems in partner countries.


The project supports BMWK in maintaining existing partnerships and developing dialogue with further countries.

Bilateral energy partnerships focus on four fields of activity:

  • Intergovernmental policy dialogue: preparing steering committee and working group meetings, support for implementation and follow-up
  • Technical advisory services for project partners
  • Involving the private sector in advisory councils and dialogue events
  • Communicating progress and energy policy issues

In total, 12 secretariats in the partner countries and Berlin support the political dialogue and act as a point of contact for stakeholders from Germany and other countries. The involvement of the private sector is expressly encouraged: companies can share their experiences and present their technologies and services.

Empowering women working in the energy sector is a particularly important aspect of the EP work. The project supports networking and exchange among female energy experts and increase their visibility in international forums.

It has launched among others, the global communication campaign "Women Energize Women" (#womenenergize), mentoring programmes and virtual courses for knowledge transfer. A highlight was the “Women Energize Women” conference in Munich in May 2022, at which around 250 experts from all over the world came together to discuss urgent topics of the energy transition from the female perspective.

Last update: November 2022