About the Program

Governments and water professionals in the Danube region face a double challenge of meeting their citizens’ demand for universal, good quality, efficient, and financially sound or - in one word - sustainable water and wastewater services, while catching up to the environmental requirements of the European Union acquis communautaire.

To address this double challenge, the World Bank and the International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area - IAWD - have partnered to launch the Danube Water Program, with a 9.5M Euro, two phased financing from the Government of Austria. The Program supports smart policies, strong utilities, and sustainable services in the Danube Region by partnering with regional, national, and local stakeholders, promoting an informed policy dialogue around the sector’s challenges and strengthening the technical and managerial capacity of the utilities and institutions.

The Danube Water Program was formally launched in May 2013 in partnership with line ministries, regulators, waterworks associations, and local government representatives of a dozen countries in Southeast Europe. The first phase, which ended in 2015, saw the successful completion of more than 40 individual knowledge sharing, capacity building and analytical work activities, demonstrating a strong demand for the Program supported activities. The second phase, scheduled to end in December 2018, focuses on establishing the basis for sustainable impact beyond the duration of the Program.

Find out more about the Danube Water Program on this website and in the Program Brochure:

Danube Water Program Brochure