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Request for Expression of Interest - Deadline extended to 23 January

The World Bank Group seeks a Technical Partner to develop and organize a curriculum and training of trainers for capacity building in Disaster Risk Management and Business Continuity Program as a tool for water safety planning. The World Bank Group invites eligible firms to indicate their interest in providing the services.

Interested firms must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc. for firms; CV and cover letter for individuals). Expressions of Interest should be submitted, in English, electronically through World Bank Group eConsultant2 (please go to Business Opportunities and search for selection # 1234010).

 

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

The Danube Water Program is seeking new photos to be published on the DWP Website and for promotional issues. 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.

The deadline for submission has been extended to 31 December 2016.

Further information

 

Benchmarking Workshop IB2015

The Benchmarking Workshop IB2015 took place on 23-25 November 2016 in Budva, Montenegro. The Coordinators for the Utility Benchmarking Program, and the representative of the European Benchmarking Cooperation Peter Dane and the Head of the IAWD Technical Secretariat Philip Weller, met in Podgorica Montenegro to discuss the future of utility Benchmarking in the Danube Region. The coordinators from the Hubs in Bulgaria, Ukraine, Kosovo and Albania, and Ex Yugoslavia agreed to continue the efforts to support utilities in benchmarking and develop further the efforts through the Hubs. Possibilities for more cooperation and comparism across the region were discussed and a proposal for achieving this will be prepared in the coming months.

Further information

 

Seminar on wastewater management and potable water supply

The Ukraine Water Utility Association utility benchmarking program has supported utilities in improving their operations and organized a study tour at the end of October to Germany to learn more about utility and water management from Germany companies and government officials. The Danube Water Program supported the participation of the utilities and was a positive example of cooperation between programs of support for the Association.

Further information

 

Kick-off event for Grant on Asset Management awarded to Sofiyska Voda JSC

Sofiyska Voda JSC has been awarded a Grant by the Danube Water Program to conduct the project “Improvement of the Asset Management in Sofiyska Voda JSC through Elaboration of a New Assets Valuation Methodology”. The introductory seminar of the project was organized in Bansko on 13 October 2016.

Further information

 

Request for Expressions of Interest

IAWD seeks for a consultant for visual identity and design to establish the visual design for the Danube Learning Partnership (D-LeaP). The request for Expressions of Interest can be found below. To receive the Terms of References please contact Katerina Schilling ( schilling@iawd.at).

Request for Expressions of Interest

 

Request for Expression of Interest

IAWD invites eligible firms - private or public company, joint-venture, or organization - (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing a Learning Management System (LMS) to administer the Danube Learning Partnership. The request for Expressions of Interest can be found below. To receive the Terms of References please contact Katerina Schilling.

 Request for Expression of Interest

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Call for Grants for Strengthening Water Utility Associations Opened

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 September 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

  

Competitive grant window is opened; applications are accepted until April 8, 2016

The Danube Water Program has launched a competitive grant process for activities that support improvements in local, national and regional utility management and operational practices. Actions that will be financed have to show inter-relation with the overall Danube Water Program activities as outlined in the Work Plan ( published here). The official call for applications and the application form can be downloaded below and are also available on the ‘Publications’ section of this webpage.

 Call for Applications for Competitive Grants

 Application Form for Competitive Grants

 

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

 

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

 

Client Satisfaction Survey 2015 Results

A survey amongst participating utilities, water associations, government institutions and other stakeholders was conducted last December. The results have now been analysed and can be accessed below. Overall, the survey showed that the Program is well-received and 89% of respondents are satisfied with the activities and outputs. Respondents found the opportunity to extend their professional network and improve their knowledge of regional trends and best practices the most useful result of participating in the Danube Water Program. The State of the Sector Report is seen as a very high-quality piece of analysis, however, this does not translate into respondents using the data provided in it extensively, which is an area for further work. The annual Danube Water Conference is a very popular event and seen as a good instrument for knowledge sharing. A report with a detailed analysis of the survey results can be downloaded using the link below and is also available in the 'Publications' section of this webpage.

 Client Satisfaction Survey 2015

  

Survey on capacity building activities shows high satisfaction

A survey was conducted amongst utility staff participating in the capacity building activities offered by the Danube Water Program. In total, we received more than 60 responses from 11 DWP partner countries. The results show a very high satisfaction with the activities. More than 90% of respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with the program and over 95% would recommend the program they attended. Virtually all respondents felt that the program had a positive impact and provided them with relevant knowledge. The survey also highlighted the importance of practical training, as 'learning by doing' was rated the most effective delivery method. The benefits of regional cooperation and IAWD's role in it were highlighted in comments such as "...international experience more than welcome” and “That is why this IAWD program is excellent and well received". The link to a presentation with more details on the survey results can be found below.

 Results of survey on capacity building programs

 

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

 

 

Article on the State of the Sector Report published on ICPDR webpage

An article on the DWP's State of the Sector report has been published by ICPDR, the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River. In this article, published in the ICPDR's magazine as well as online, Angelika Heider sums up the Report's main points and provides an outlook for the water and wastewater sector in the region. You can read the full article here and find the complete State of the Sector Report by clicking on the link on top of this page.

 

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