Knowledge Sharing Platform

The Danube Water Program is creating opportunities for water sector professionals to access and exchange information within and among countries in the region and beyond. In its effort to act as a knowledge sharing platform, the Danube Water Program has developed and is using a variety of mechanisms, including major conferences, workshops, study tours as well as online communication tools. Soon after the start of the Program, a website was created to share information on upcoming events, opportunities for involvement, and resources on water issues. The Danube Water Program's website has become a well-used reference tool, with almost 100 visits a day.

The Danube Water Program has also launched a platform named DANUBIS.org (Danube Utility Benchmarking and Information Sharing) to facilitate comparisons of the performance of utilities within and across countries. DANUBIS.org has become the largest and most complete interactive knowledge space of resources for and about water and sanitation utilities in the Danube region.

Recognizing that online platforms do not replace direct exchanges, the Danube Water Program is creating space for high-ranking professionals and stakeholders in the sector to learn from and exchange information with each other, first and foremost through the annual Danube Water Conference. The conference is designed to ensure interaction between different types of actors involved in water services (national governments and line ministries, regulators, utility associations, utilities and municipal associations, and municipalities). The cross-sectoral and inter-country dialogue created by these annual conferences has been instrumental in creating a sense of community and helping professionals in the sector to build relationships and to understand the needs and concerns of other sectors influencing water decisions.

In addition to major conferences, the Program is supporting exchanges among key stakeholders. For example, regular meetings chaired by the IAWD have brought together water utility associations to exchange experience and develop common programs. An important topic of these meetings has been how best to create synergy in undertaking training and capacity-building programs for their constituents. The associations have committed to continue working together and sharing experiences related to business models that strengthen their ability to support their members.

Although the direct results of the Program’s knowledge-sharing activities are difficult to measure, the opportunities for exchanging information and fostering dialogue have been positively received.

Related Events

2016 Danube Water Conference
    11-13 May 2015, Vienna, Austria

2015 Danube Water Conference
    7-8 May 2015, Vienna, Austria

2014 Danube Water Conference
    8-9 May 2014, Vienna, Austria

DWP Launch Event
    22-24 May 2013, Vienna, Austria

 

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DANUBIS stands for Danube Utility Benchmarking and Information Sharing. The DANUBIS.org water platform is an interactive knowledge space for water sector professionals and was launched in May 2014 under the Danube Water Program with the stated objective to “develop a regional, public performance indicator system for WSS utilities in the Danube Region, in order to allow for country and utility performance data comparison”.

DANUBIS.org covers the following countries with all or part of their territory located within the Danube watershed: Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, FYR Macedonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, and Ukraine.