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DANUBIS (Danube Utility Benchmarking and Information Sharing) is an online repository of resources for and about water supply and sanitation utilities in Southeast, Eastern, and Central Europe.








For a more comprehensive overview of water and wastewater events and trainings in the Danube region, please see DANUBIS.

DWP Events

Associations Meeting
    November 2015

Regional EU accession cross-support
    workshop in the water sector

    28-29 September, Zagreb, Croatia

Final Asset Management workshop
    15 September, Belgrade, Serbia

Training Workshop on WSS
    Regulation in Ukraine

    25-26 August, Kyiv, Ukraine

Further Events

ECRR European River Symposium
    2-3 March 2016, Vienna, Austria

EIP Water Conference 2016
    10 February 2016, Leeuwarden, The

Water Forum 2015
    17-19 November, Belgrade, Serbia

EWA Conference "Water Challenges in

    16-17 November, Brussels, Belgium

Water and Sustainable Development:
    Balkans Joint Conference and Exhibition

    4-6 November, Pristina, Kosovo


DWC 2015 Conference Report available

DWC 2014 Conference Report available

Program Activities

Analytical and Advisory Work
Capacity Development
Knowledge Sharing
Competitive Grant Window


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Danube Water Program Continues to end of 2018

The Danube Water Program has received funding for a second phase (continuation) and will be active for at least another three years – up to the end of 2018. The Austrian Ministry of Finance approved the additional 5 million euro financing and all the necessary Grant documents have been signed.

The World Bank and IAWD will again jointly manage the activities (as a continuation of the existing arrangements) and the staff who have managed the work till now will continue their work.

In the continuation of the program there will be the major program elements continued with an additional focus on capacity building of utilities and support for strengthening National Water Utility associations and IAWD in particular. A second round of competitive grants will also be launched early in 2016.

Prior to the end of the project another State of the Sector survey will be completed to review progress in reforming the water sector and additional analytical work will be carried out on regionalization and supplying water services to rural areas among other topics.


World Bank Water Blog - the EU accession workshop

A post by Angelika Haider of the DWP World Bank team has been released on the WB Water Blog. Ms. Haider entertainingly summarizes her participation in the Regional EU Accession Cross-Support Workshop in the Water Sector, which was held in Zagreb on 28-29 September 2015.

Read the full story here.

Further information on the workshop

Further information on Regional EU Accession Cross-Support in the Water Sector


Energy Efficiency Program - brochure available

A brochure summarizing the key messages of the capacity-building program on Energy Efficiency is now available here.

This brochure accompanies a more detailed report, which documents the project implementation process, project outcomes, and lessons learned throughout the program. It also provides an evaluation of the program by participating utilties, with the general mood being very positive and highlighting aspects such as the comprehensiveness and user-friendliness of the training material.

The Energy Efficiency program was planned and implemented by Econoler, a renowned consulting firm specializing in the design, implementation, evaluation and financing of energy efficiency programs and projects worldwide. The activity benefitted from additional financing by ESMAP, the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program.

Further information on the the Energy Efficiency Program

Brochure of the Energy Efficiency Program

Final Report of the Energy Efficiency Program


2015 Danube Water Conference - videos available

A 5-minute summary video, an interview with Junaid Ahmad, the Senior Director of the World Bank's Water Global Practice, as well as several short interview snippets recoreded at the 2015 Danube Water Conference are now available on Youtube. The conference was held in Vienna, Austria on 7-8 May 2015 and brought together around 150 key stakeholders of the water and wastewater sector from 23 countries.

Further information on the 2015 Danube Water Conference


Workshop on Regional EU Accession Cross-Support in the Water Sector - presentations available

28-29 September 2015, Zagreb, Croatia

This workshop aimed to develop more knowledge on the requirements and challenges of EU the accession process in thewater sector among responsible ministries and water agencies in the Danube region.

Further information, photos and presentations

Further information on Regional EU Accession Cross-Support in the Water Sector


Final Asset Management workshop - photos & presentations available

15 September 2015, Belgrade, Serbia

On 15 September, the IAWD Asset Management Regional Services Hub convened participating utilities, donors and other stakeholders for the final workshop of this capacity development project undertaken in phase 1 of the Danube Water Program.

Further information, presentations and photos

Further information on Asset Management


Competitive Grant 2 - photos and TV news segment

On 17 September 2015, 81 employees of ´╗┐Moldovan ´╗┐utilities received their certificates for completing a vocational training course titled "Operation of water supply and sewerage systems AMAC". The Moldova National Association of Water and Sanitation Utilities (AMAC) and the Technical University of Moldova jointly organized this course through their Water Training Center.

IAWD was happy to provide financial support for this ongoing retraining effort of the Moldovan workforce in water supply and sanitation. IAWD and the project team will assess the course curriculum for completeness and adaptability to other countries' circumstances.

Further information on Competitive Grant 2

Further information on the Competitive Grant Window


Asset Management Regional Services Hub - brochure available

IAWD is proud to release a new brochure on the establishment and operation of an IAWD Asset Management Regional Services Hub for selected water utilities in the Danube river basin. After an overview of the project objectives, the brochure presents both the methodology and the results of the activity. It also includes information on conferences, workshops and visits from/to utilities organized under this project, as well as on produced training material, progress monitoring, and dissemination activites.

This brochure was produced jointly with UTVSI and Hydro-Comp Enterprises, IAWD's partners in the Asset Management program.

Brochure - Establishment and Operation of an IAWD Asset Management Regional Services Hub for Selected Water Utilities in the Danube River Basin (EN)

Brochure - Uspostavljanje i Rad IAWD Regionalnog Asset Management Centra za Odabrane Vodovode u Slivu Reke Dunav (SR)

Further information on Asset Management


Training for the Ukrainian Regulator - slides available

25-26 August 2015, Kyiv, Ukraine

The slides of presentations given by Michael Rouse (Independent International Advisor and Distinguished Research Associate at the University of Oxford, Ian Alexander (of Cambridge Economic Policy Associates) and the Bulgarian regulator EWRC are now available.

Presentations on quality and price regulation of water supply and sanitation services


UTVSI Seminar on Water Distribution Systems

4-6 August 2015, Belgrade, Serbia

In cooperation with the Serbian Chamber of Engineers and PUC Belgrade Waterworks and Sewerage as the host company, the Association for water technology and sanitary engineering (UTVSI) organized a seminar on water distribution systems in Belgrade from 4th to 6th of August.

The seminar was realized as part of joint European Professional Development Program for 2015. It was a unique opportunity for 130 licensed engineers from the area of drinking water supplying and waste water engineering, including six experts from Sarajevo Waterworks and Hydro Engineering Institute Sarajevo, to refresh and acquaint themselves with German water distribution standards.

Further information on competitive grant 5

Further information and photos of the event