Project Location

Southern Africa (Namibia, South Africa and Zambia)


Martin Wafler
Project Manager
Phone: +43 664 450 83 13

IBP Southern Africa

Business Development für SME´s in Southern Africa

Today, there is a lack of companies offering relevant sustainable sanitation, water and waste management services and products in Southern Africa. Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) who want to fill this gap often lack the capacities and resources to enter such new markets. In such endeavors SMEs also need support in developing business models, plans and cooperation structures.

To improving conditions for business partnerships between European technology and service providers and local SMEs in the field of sanitation, water and resource management in Namibia, South Africa and Zambia, seecon has joined hands with ICRD Group Foundation (ICRD), the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII) and the Water and Sanitation Association of Zambia (WASAZA). The result is a set of innovative business development and matchmaking approaches such as Business Model Ateliers (two-day design thinking courses to develop and refine business ideas), longer Start-Up programmes that combine training and coaching and business matchmaking services. These events offer exciting and novel opportunities in connecting businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs in the sanitation, water and resource management sector across borders.

The Innovative Business Partnerships (IBP) for Africa project is carried out in the context of a development partnership as part of the programme that is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Gmbh and seecon.