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 Wednesday, 27 May 2015

DWP Events 2015

Water and Development
    6 May, Vienna, Austria

Danube Water Conference
    7-8 May, Vienna, Austria

Events 2015

IWA - Regional Utility
     Management Conference

     13-15 May, Tirana, Albania


Program Opportunities

Asset management
Competitive Grant
Consulting Services for
    Commercial Efficiency

Energy Efficiency


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Water and Wastewater Services in the Danube Region - A State of the Sector

7 May, Vienna, Austria

//Update: Presentations and Photos

Regional Report and accompanying Country Notes by the Danube Water Program released. 

The State of the Sector is an analysis of the region’s progress and challenges in providing sustainable water and wastewater services for all. The report is a flagship World Bank product under the Danube Water Program and aims at documenting and informing water services policies and their outcomes in 16 countries of the Danube region. The review was prepared by World Bank staff and a team of more than 25 contributors, with support many institutions and individual experts throughout the watershed.

//Update: Presentations and Photos

Read the full report:

A State of the Sector, May 2015


Water and Development: Infrastructure and Institutions - Lessons from the World Bank experience

6 May, Vienna, Austria
Panel discussion and exchange

Photos and further information:

6 May, Water and Development: Infrastructure and Institutions - Lessons from the World Bank experience


World Bank press release on the Danube Water Program

6 May, Vienna, Austria

Countries in Danube Region face double challenge of providing modern water services to millions while meeting EU acquis.

Many countries in the Danube River basin face a double challenge of meeting the high standards of the European environmental acquis while extending sustainable water services to all citizens, with 22.5 million people lacking access to piped water and 28 million without flush toilets, according to the World Bank’s new Water and Wastewater Services in the Danube Region – A State of the Sector report, released today in Vienna.

Read more:

6 May World Bank Press Release


Danube Water Conference

7-8 May, Vienna, Austria

A common understanding of policies, strategies, concepts, roles and practices among decision makers leads to improved regional cooperation and services in the water sector. Therefore, key sector representatives from the Danube region at national and local levels will convene to discuss the State of the Sector and what they jointly, can do better to achieve smart policies, strong utilities and sustainable water services.

The two-day conference starts with an overview of the State of the water services Sector. The European Integration agenda, which drives much of the change in the region, is highlighted in separate sessions.

//Update: Presentations and Photos

Read more:

- Agenda of the 2015 Danube Water Conference


Progress in Competitive Grants

The activities of competitive grants under the Danube Water program has been underway now for almost a year and important results have been achieved. Read here about the successes that have been achieved in East Sarajevo and in developing a regional training program for utilities in the Western Balkans (Shukalb).

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Danube Water Program Survey - Results

The Danube Water Program survey has been completed. Out of the 112 responses, the Danube Water Program was able to get feedback on strengths of the program (e.g. knowledge sharing particularly appreciated) and input into potential new priorities for activities. A summary of the key results from the survey can be found here. Thank you to all those persons who responded to the survey and provided valuable input to assist in further developing the Danube Water Program.

  Survey result



Danube Water Program - Brochure

This brochure describes the Program and its activities, shares some early results of collaboration, presents findings and lessons derived from those activities, and describes its longer-term vision.



Danube Water Program Update - Newsletter

This newsletter updates readers on the activities of the Danube Water Program



2nd Workshop on Asset Management

03 November, Belgrade, Serbia

2nd Asset Management Workshop with the program participating Utilities was organized on the 3rd of November 2014 in Belgrade, Serbia, by AM team. Activities during the conference included:

- Current Project Status
- Commercial Data Evaluation – Explanation & Examples
- Discrepancy Data Evaluation – Asset Registers Verification
- Network Asset Management Principles - Recap

The workshop was successful with all (except 1) participating Utilities in the program attending the conference. The workshop was set in 1 day, with the introductory session dedicated to words of DWP Leaders, followed by presentation of Current Project Status and overview of AM Methodology.

At the second part of Workshop, participants were spread into two groups, based on achieved level of AM based GIS developed and position held in the Utility. One group have GIS exercises in basic/advance skills with graphical data handling. The other group was trained in manner of structuring UfW, especially commercial part, cleaning wrong captured data (resolving graphical discrepancies) with recap of network data model. Finally, cloud based approach (with explanation of Network Discrepancies Report) was demonstrated for leading 4 Utilities.

The presentations can be downloaded here.


Utility Benchmarking activities fully operational. Danube Benchmarking Hubs make presentation to EBC Yearly Workshop.

The three existing Danube Hubs (Bulgaria, Kosovo/Albania, and Serbia/BiH/Croatia/ Macedonia/and Montenegro) for Utility Benchmarking attended the annual European Benchmarking Cooperation workshop in Antwerp November 17-19, 2014 where over 100 persons from utilities in Western Europe exchanged information on their utility performance. A presentation by the three Danube Hubs was made at the conference (see attached) and Hub Coordinators learned first hand how the EBC method of utility benchmarking is carried out.

-DWP EBC Meeting


DANUBIS Water Platform Online

DANUBIS stands for Danube Utility Benchmarking and Information Sharing. The DANUBIS water platform is an online repository of resources for and about water and sanitation utilities in the Danube region. 

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