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Updated and revised version of the Danube Water Program Work Plan published

An updated and revised version of the DWP Work Plan (Phase 2) has been released.It can be downloaded here.

 Danube Water Program Work Plan Phase 2


DWP Photo Contest - win a free registration to PI2017 and DWC 2017

The DWP launches a photo contest to gather new and representative pictures for DWP public relations material. The prize for the best picture is a free registration to the IWA Specialist Conference on Benchmarking and Performance Assessment (PI2017) and the Danube Water Conference 2017 jointly held in Vienna on 15-18 May 2017.

Further information


Call for Grants for Strengthening Water Utility Associations is extended

IAWD has announced that the call for grants for strengthening the National Water and Wastewater Associations is now open and applications for funding (from each National Association) can be received up to the end of Ocotber 2016. The grants are focused on implementing elements of the Association business plans and for those associations without a business plan helping them prepare one and carry out needed activities. Relevant actions are those that are supporting the Association’s overall sustainability, performance and effectiveness and are included in the business plan. It is anticipated that capacity building and knowledge sharing activity will be one of the core activities of many WSS Associations and these activities would be linked to the Activity RC.3: Regional Training Partnership as outlined in the Work Plan.

 Call for Grants Strengthening Water Utility Associations


Save the Date - Danube Water Conference 2017

The 2017 Danube Water Conference will be held on 17-18 May 2017 in Vienna and will be jointly organized with the IWA Specialist Group Conference on Performance Indicators.

Further information


Concept Note on rural service providers approved

The Concept Note for the study on “Services beyond the public utility service areas” has been approved by the World Bank after internal review. The piece will look at the current mechanisms for service provision among those areas and populations not covered by public supply. It will particularly focus on Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine. For further information, please contact Susanna Smets, who will lead the implementation of this study on the Bank’s side.

  Concept Note “Serving those beyond utility reach in the Danube region”

Further information


Conference Report of 2016 Danube Water Conference available now

The Conference Report of the 2016 Danube Water Conference is available now and can be downloaded here. Please also see the Danube Water Conference site itself for further information such as pictures and presentations.

Danube Water Conference 2016


Announcement on Competitive Grants Award Process

The Danube Water Program announces that 13 applications from 47 received have been chosen to be further evaluated and negotiation to begin to receive a Competitive Grant from the Program. The grant awards (up to 50,000 Euro) will be provided to Applicants from 10 different countries. The list of the projects chosen to be further evaluated can be downloaded as pdf.

  Announcement on Competitive Grants Award Process


Building Administrative Capacities in the Danube Region and Western Balkans (BACID) - Call for Applications

BACID aims at strengthening the capacities of the entities in the non-EU countries of the Western Balkans and Moldova in order to introduce and implement the EU acquis relevant to local and regional governments. Local governments represent the level of governance closest to citizens and services provided at municipal level should be in line with European standards, ensuring transparency, efficiency and effectiveness. Moreover, 2/3 of EU acquis is implemented at local and regional level. Therefore, strengthening municipal and regional administrations in the countries aspiring to the accession to the European Union, is an important element of European integration processes. Following previous experiences of new EU member countries, the peer-to-peer approach and transfer of know-how was identified as the most successful tool in gaining practical knowledge. In this way, the targeted countries will be efficiently supported to build structures and cooperation and promote the process of democratization and regional development. The amount of funding available in this Call for Proposals is € 45,000. The maximum amount of grant available per action is € 6,000.

  BACID Call for Application & Guidelines for Applicants


New Brochure available on DANUBIS.org

Find out more about DANUBIS.org and how it can help YOU to stay informed! Are you interested in utility performance, country or sector resources and events or training programs or do you wish to share an event or a resource or to establish a country portal? Have a look into the brochure and see what DANUBIS.org can do for you!

  DANUBIS.org Brochure


D-LeaP Declaration of Intent and DANUBIS Memorandum of Understanding signed at the Danube Water Conference 2016

In the frame of the 4th Danube Water conference, held in Vienna on 11-13 May 2016, a Declaration of Intent was signed between IAWD and the members of the Round Table of Water Utility Associations to establish the Danube Learning Partnership (D-LeaP).

The Vision of D-LeaP envisages a Danube region where all citizens enjoy sustainable water and wastewater services. D-Leap aims to achieve its vision by offering a sustainable and comprehensive set of learning and capacity-building programs to participating utility companies and sector professionals through the partnering national water associations.

Walter Kling, Secretary-General of IAWD, comments: „The signing of the declaration marks the start of concrete action by the members of the Round Table of Water Utility Associations. The partners will join IAWD as members and the Round Table develops to be one of the important networking platforms for the Danube and Balkan region!”

Furthermore, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the newly developed Danubis DCM Platform was signed between IAWD and four participating countries represented by their Managing Institutions (Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia). Whereas the website Danubis.org facilitates the management of a regional utility performance database accessible for all, the Danubis DCM comprises the development of an optional regional Data Collection and Management platform.

Whereas the website Danubis.org facilitates the management of a regional utility performance database accessible for all, the Danubis DCM comprises the development of an optional regional Data Collection and Management platform. The DCM platform allows utility companies to enter utility performance data in an amicable web interface and helps national institutions to check the quality and consistency of the data provided as well as to manage and safeguard the data in a secure manner. The next action to be taken in this context is the translation of training materials and a workshop on the use of the DCM platform in June.

 Picture Declaration of Intent

  Picture MoU


Danube Water Conference 2016

12-13 May, Vienna, Austria


Further information


MoU signed between NALAs and IAWD

During the XI NALAS General Assembly, held in Prishtina on 14 and 15 April 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between NALAS and IAWD. "I am happy that I was able to attend NALAS conference yesterday and learn about the challenges of local governments in the Region when it comes to investments. We are here to join actions, develop capacities and improve services to citizens", said Mr. Walter Kling on behalf of IAWD.

 Further information on the NALAS General Assembly


European Riverprize Winner 2015 announced

As part of the European River Symposium held in Vienna on 2-4 March 2016, the winner of the prestigious European Riverprize was announced. The Segura River in Spain was selected for the effective restoration conducted over the past 30 years. Through advanced wastewater schemes and water reclamation, the Segura River Project managed to transform the heavily-polluted watercourse resembling an open sewer into a healthy, vibrant river. The award and trophy were presented at a Gala Dinner in the Vienna City Hall. Two other finalists presented their river restoration projects; the River Trent in the United Kingdom and the Aragon River in Spain.

The European River Symposium included presentations, working groups and panel discussions on a wide range of topics related to river management, such as hydropower, tourism, flood protection, water quality and the role of partnerships in river management. Further information on the Riverprize, as well as the full conference program can be found below.

 Further information on the European River Prize and the three finalists

 European River Symposium Program Guide


Brochure on the Commercial Efficiency capacity building program published

A brochure summarising the Commercial Efficiency capacity building activity, which was conducted from October 2014 to October 2015, has been published. This activity consisted of three phases, during which a consultant team developed business plans and commercial improvement measures with 21 water utilities from the Danube region. This was followed by technical assistance aimed at translating the measures and opportunities identified during the planning process into practice.

 Brochure on Commercial Efficiency Capacity Building Activity


Work Plan for Danube Water Program Phase II now available online

Upon receiving confirmation that the Danube Water Program will be extended for at least another three years, a Work Plan was compiled for Phase II, which runs until the end of 2016. The updated Work Plan describes all on-going and planned activities under both the current and next phase of the Program, and builds on the latest Work Plan for 2013-2015 approved by the Steering Committee in February 2015. The Work Plan is consistent with the Program's objective and revised results framework and reflects progress made and feedback received since the start of the Program. The document is available for download below and can also be found under the 'Key Program Documents' heading in the 'Publications' section on this webpage.

 Danube Water Program Phase II Work Plan


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.


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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.


DWP Events

Danube Water Conference
    11-13 May 2016, Vienna, Austria

Danube Water Utility CEO/Senior Executive Meeting
    04 March 2016, Vienna, Austria

Further Events

Water Exhibition and Forum
    16 - 18 November 2016, Belgrade, Serbia

Water and Jobs - Balkan Joint Conference and Exhibition
    2 - 4 November 2016, Tirana, Albania

For a more comprehensive overview of water and wasterwater events in the Danube region, consult  DANUBIS.org.


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