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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


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


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