Analytical and Advisory Work
The Danube Water Program staff is developing a strong analytical basis for its activities by undertaking a state of the sector review of water and wastewater services in the Danube region as well as other analytical work. The state of the sector review is intended to create a baseline of comparative knowledge on the sector in the region. The Program also conducts analytical studies exploring policy issues, such as defi ning effi ciency gains resulting from the aggregation of water utilities in several countries in the Danube region, assessing access to WSS services across poverty quintiles and ethnic minorities, and reviewing the social impact of tariffs and tariff increases on poor households in selected countries.
In addition, regional and national advisory activities support specific policy dialogue and advice to WSS institutions about how to modernize the sector, often in parallel with existing World bank engagements. For example, the Program is supporting recently formed regulators in Croatia, Ukraine, and elsewhere in efforts to strengthen their country’s regulatory mechanisms; support on the European accession process is being discussed in Serbia and Montenegro, among others. Utility sector consolidation is being considered in several countries, including Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Ukraine, which are keen to continue learning from good (and not so good) regional practices. Kosovo has expressed interest in receiving specific advice on innovative public-private partnership models to improve utility performance.
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