GERMAN DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION
Zambia is a priority partner country for German development cooperation. GTZ has been working there since 1966 on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
The water sector in Zambia has been supported for over 20 years by a number of bilateral and multilateral donors. The Federal Republic of Germany is playing a leading role in promoting the process of political decision-making and in investment.
The goal of GTZ’s work in this priority area is to improve access to safe drinking water and sanitary facilities for the rural and urban populations (and particularly the poor and very poor inhabitants). This will also help avoid conflicts over the use of Zambian water resources.
Inwent’s “WAVE – Improving the Capacity of the Waters Sectors in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia” programme is designed to provide experts and executives with the knowledge they need to contribute to the development of long-term national and cross-national solutions for freshwater and wastewater management in sub-Saharan Africa.
One element of the programme focuses on developing ways for water companies and plant operators to reduce water loss. These enterprises also need to improve customer service and expand their management techniques on the whole, and the programme also focuses on improving these skills. WAVE’s objective is to promote “water governance”, which involves taking the institutional, legal and regulative framework conditions forward on a cross-national level and promoting cooperation between the different parties active in the water sector.
Denmark´s contribution to the water and sanitation in Zambia goes through the Water Sector Support Programme which runs from 2005 to 2010. Danish support to the water sector is based on Zambia’s national development priorities as they are outlined in the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) as well as in the Fifth National Development Plan (FNDP) 2006-2011. Significantly, the assistance is aimed at supporting the Zambian government’s efforts in reaching the Millennium Development Goals in the water sector.
The Eastern and Southern Africa Water Utilities Regulators (ESAWUR) Association is a regional cooperation among the regulators: WASREB of Kenya, CRA of Mozambique, EWURA of Tanzania, RURA of RWANDA and NWASCO of Zambia. ESAWUR is governed by an MoU signed in 2009 and a Consititution adopted in 2010 that formalises the cooperation among the member countries. NWASCO is the Secretariat for the association.