What is the DANUBIS.org Water Platform?

DANUBIS.org stands for Danube Utility Benchmarking and Information Sharing. The DANUBIS.org Water Platform is an online knowledge space of resources on water and wastewater services in South-East, Eastern, and Central Europe. DANUBIS.org is jointly managed by the World Bank and IAWD, the International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area. 

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16 October 2017

New Danube Regional Benchmarking Inititative - Establishment of the Danube Hub

IAWD with the support of the Danube Water Program has over the past three years managed and pilot tested a Utility Benchmarking Program for Water Supply and Sanitation Utilities together with the European Benchmarking Cooperation (EBC) and water utility associations in the Danube countries. The program has involved the creation of national/subregional Hubs (with a local Benchmarking Coordinator) using the platform and services of EBC for data upload and individual company report preparation.

The new Danube Regional Benchmarking Initiative will complement the current system of national/subregional hubs for carrying out Benchmarking in national language at national/subregional level by expanding the program to offer participation in a leading utilities initiative at the Danube regional level involving 17 countries.

Primary objective of the new Danube Regional Benchmarking Initiative is to help leading utilities, located within the Danube region to further improve their services by benchmarking drinking water- and wastewater activities with high performing utilities of similar size and conditions. Next to a thorough assessment of a utility’s performance, the program offers participants benchmarking workshops and platform/utility network to learn from leading/best practices and innovations.

By establishing the Danube Hub, IAWD is upgrading the existing national and sub-regional Hubs, in oder to support capacity building and the sharing of knowledge and experience among its members and other utilities located in the Danube region. The new Danube Hub is managed by IAWD with the support of the newly assigned Hub coordinator Aleksandar Kristic and is operated under the Utility Benchmarking Program for Water Supply and Sanitation Utilities offered under D-LeaP.

 

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12 October 2017

Bosnia and Herzegovina Wins International Danube Art Master 2017 Competition

The “International Danube Art Master 2017” competition was announced on Danube Day on 29 June, 2017. The competition was linked to the event’s central theme - “Get Active for a Cleaner Danube” - to build on one of the three pillars of the Danube Declaration 2016, towards cleaner, healthier and safer waters for everyone to enjoy.

The competition was jointly organized by the ICPDR and the Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe (GWP CEE), an ICPDR observer organisation and one of the largest networks focusing on water in the world.

The winning submission “Bridge - rivers connect people and bridges connect their riversides” - was created by pupils from the Sixth Basic School, Ilidža, in Sarajevo. The creative, artistic work of art made out of used plastic bottles and plastic waste forms a bridge depicting the joint goal of children building bridges that will connect with others towards a cleaner Danube, free of plastics.

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12 October 2017

Want to be a Young Leader of SDGs? The Call for applications is now open till 3 November!

The Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth have initiated a class of the Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals - 17 young change-makers whose leadership is catalyzing the achievement of the Goals. From food to fashion to finance, the Young Leaders come from many different backgrounds, represent every region in the world and help activate young people in support of the Goals. The call for applications for the next class of Young Leaders of SDGs is now live!

Young Leaders will be expected to actively support one or more of the following objectives:

  1. Advocate for the Goals, in ways most accessible and relatable to young people across different contexts;
  2. Promote innovative ways of engaging their audiences and peers in the advocacy and realization of the Goals;
  3. Contribute to a brain trust of young leaders supporting the UN and partners for key moments and initiatives related to the Goals.
  4. Each year, a new “Class” will be nominated through an open call for nominations and assessed according to robust selection criteria by a diverse selection committee.

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12 October 2017

Seed Money Facility Call is now open!

The Seed Money Facility is one of the direct financial supporting schemes that the Danube Transnational Programme (DTP) offers to support the Strategy in reaching its targets.
This instrument is meant to provide support for the development of complex strategic transnational projects in some Priority Area of the EUSDR, regardless the financial instrument to be addressed by the project developed, be it national, mainstream EU, transnational or cross border or by any other public or private investor (such as IFIs) or public-private partnership.

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Job Opening

@ Albania, Kosovo

02 October 2017

Tirana, Albania

Request for Expressions of Interest – Energy Efficiency Expert and Water Expert

Program: Energy Efficiency in Water Supply and Sanitation Utilities under the Danube                        Learning Partnership Program (D-LeaP)

Position Title 1:      Energy Efficiency Expert

Position Title 2:      Water Expert

 

The Water Supply and Sewerage Association of Albania (SHUKALB) and the Water and Wastewater Works Association of Kosovo (SHUKOS) have joined together as a HUB to deliver the Energy Efficiency in Water Supply and Sanitation Utilities, a capacity building program for all water and wastewater utilities and their employees under the Danube Learning Partnership Program (D-LeaP), which is developed and in agreement with the International Association of Water Supply Companies of the Danube River Catchment Area (IAWD).

This Program will support participating utility companies in collecting, auditing and analyzing data related to their energy use and developing investment programs based on that data to support the reduction of energy costs and increase energy efficiency. The Program will also assist in securing the financial resources to match the investments needs for energy efficiency. The Program has been developed by the Technical Partner Econoler and will be delivered by the HUB (SHUKALB and SHUKOS) in the local language. The duration of the Program is three years and it consists of workshops as well as hands-on exercise for the utilities with support of the Trainers.

SHUKALB and SHUKOS are currently looking for local Energy Efficiency Experts, as well Water Experts who will initially undergo a Train of Trainers (ToT) program that will be delivered in Albania and Kosovo, by a group of international experts.  After the ToT, the team of Energy Efficiency and Water Experts from Albania and Kosovo will be delivering the Energy Efficiency Program to the interested group of water and sewerage utilities from both countries. 

The applicants interested in the Energy Efficiency Expert position should demonstrate:

  • Technical background: bachelor's or master's degree in a suitable engineering field
  • At least 5 years of hands-on experience in energy management in water or related utility sectors - energy efficiency programs, preventative maintenance of pumps, monitoring of energy consumption and development of load profiles, etc.
  • Some experience (or knowledge) of water network operations would be an advantage
  • Preferably: some supervisory/management experience in operations environment
  • Good working-level English and excellent (native) Albanian
  • Excellent analytical and presentation skills
  • Some project management experience and exposure to international/regional projects
  • Preferably: experience with utility-specific information systems - SCADA, GIS, modeling software, etc.
  • Certified to work with electrical equipment

 The applicants interested in the Water Expert position should demonstrate:

  • Technical background: bachelor's or master's degree in a suitable engineering field
  • At least 5 years of hands-on experience in network management, NRW reduction and/or development of monitoring/telemetry/SCADA systems in water/networked industry
  • Some experience in pump operations would be an advantage
  • Preferably: some supervisory/management experience in operations environment
  • Good working-level English and excellent (native) Albanian
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Some project management experience and exposure to international/regional projects
  • Preferably: experience with utility-specific information systems - SCADA, GIS, modelling software, etc.

SHUKALB and SHUKOS invite all eligible experts from Albania and Kosovo to indicate their interest in undertaking this assignment. Interested experts with the required qualifications and work experience must submit an Expression of Interest, along with their detailed CV, to the below contacts.

Expressions of Interest must be delivered electronically by 13 October, 2017.

 

Further information may be received under the following contacts.

 

Water Supply and Sewerage Association of Albania

Cel: +355 69 70 81 515

E-mail: training@shukalb.al

 

Water and Wastewater Works Association of Kosovo

Cel: +377 44 182 497

E-mail: shukos2001@gmail.com

 


Contributed by Alban Kushi on 02 October 2017

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Job Opening

@ Albania

28 September 2017

Tirana, Albania

Train of Trainers (ToT) Training Delivery Expert

Location:                    Albania

Project:                      Sustainable Water Sector Capacity                                              Development in Albania

Project ID No.:           AID-182-A-14-00001

Consulting Services: Local Expert(s)

Position:                    Train of Trainers (ToT) Training Delivery                                        Expert

Type of Assignment: Short-term assignment (October 2017)

 

The Water Supply and Sewerage Association of Albania (SHUKALB) has received a grant from USAID towards implementation of the Project "Sustainable Water Sector Capacity Development in Albania" during the period October 2014 - September 2018. The overall Project Objective is to build a platform for training in Albania and the Western Balkans that will be an example for sustainable workforce development and which will contribute to increased professionalism in the delivery of the essential public services of water supply and wastewater management.

The Local Expert(s) under this assignment will work under Component 1 of the Project - Skills Training Courses, and the overall purpose of the assignment is to deliver a generic Training of Trainers (ToT), on adult learning principles and techniques.  The ToT delivery will be based on the Trainee’s Manual and the Trainer’s Guide that have been already developed by the Project.  The Expert(s) will work closely with an International Expert.

More specifically, under this assignment the Expert(s) shall:

  1. Develop the ToT Agenda in consultation with the International Expert.
  2. Develop and conduct pre and post training evaluations.
  • Deliver the ToT using the ToT Trainee’s Manual and Trainer’s Guide.
  1. Reflect any changes to the Trainee’s Manual, Trainer’s Guide, and Power Point Slides, following the training delivery.

The interested expert should demonstrate:

  • Education and/or training background on Adult/ Vocational Education, Business Administration, Management, or a related discipline.
  • At least 5 years of experience in developing and delivering of training courses.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Proven experience in providing capacity development services.
  • Excellent command, written and spoken, of both Albanian and English.

The Water Supply and Sewerage Association of Albania now invites eligible consultants to indicate their interest in providing the services for this position. Interested consultants with the required qualifications and work experience must submit their CV long with other supporting documents to SHUKALB.

Expressions of interest must be delivered electronically to the address below by 6 October, 2017.

 

Water Supply and Sewerage Association of Albania

Attn:  Pamela Meta, Project Coordinator

Tel/Fax:  (+355/4) 2249 631

E-mail:  pamela.meta@shukalb.al


Contributed by Alban Kushi on 28 September 2017

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22 May 2017

DANUBIS.org Breakfast held at the 2017 DWC

IAWD and World Bank organized a breakfast on the Danubis.org water platform, which was attended by donor agency representatives, regulatory agencies, waterworks associations and individual utilities to jointly brainstorm around how to promote and enhance the use of this rich tool,  with great potential to promote WSS sector agenda and unique analytical tools by utilities and other stakeholders in the Danube region.


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16 May 2017

Summary of April 24, 2017 DANUBIS.org Steering Group meeting

Please find the Minutes of the DANUBIS.org Steering Group Meeting on 24 April 2017 attached.

 


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 16 May 2017

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11 May 2017

How to enter the DANUBIS.org Breakfast on 19 May?

Did you know the origin of the term “Benchmark”?

The term “bench mark”, or “benchmark”, originates from the chiseled horizontal marks that surveyors made in stone structures, into which an angle-iron could be placed to form a "bench" for a leveling rod, thus ensuring that a leveling rod could be accurately repositioned in the same place in the future. These marks were usually indicated with a chiseled arrow below the horizontal line. Even today, brass plates can be found all over the U.K. displaying the letters “OSBM” (Ordnance Survey Bench Mark).

Today, benchmarking is most used to measure performance using a specific indicator (cost per unit of measure, productivity per unit of measure, cycle time of x per unit of measure or defects per unit of measure) resulting in a metric of performance that is then compared to others.

If you want to learn more about the benchmarking database on DANUBIS.org, please use the password “Benchmark” to enter the DANUBIS.org Breakfast!

 


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 11 May 2017

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Hungary (current Presidency of the EUSDR), the European Commission and the Danube Transnational Programme

6th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region

Budapest, Hungary // 18 October 2017 - 19 October 2017

Conference / Workshop, Exhibition / Fair

Under the title ‘A secure, connected and prospering Danube Region’, the Forum will emphasise the different challenges related to, and perspectives of, energy security, transportation development, clean connectivity issues and financing opportunities.  The key question to answer will be how to best transform political commitments into operational policies and measures.

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Language: english and local language

Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 08 August 2017

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SHUKOS, SHUKALB

5th Balkans Joint Conference and Exhibition "Wastewater Challenge"

Pristina, Kosovo // 01 November 2017 - 03 November 2017

Conference / Workshop, Exhibition / Fair

The Water and Wastewater Works Association of Kosovo (SHUKOS) and the Water Supply and Sewerage Association of Albania (SHUKALB) jointly organize the 5th Balkans Joint Conference and Exhibition to be held on 1-3 November in Pristina, Kosovo, at the Emerald Hotel. The main theme of the Conference is “Wastewater Challenge”.

Parallel to the Conference, a large Exhibition area is planned, offering the private sector companies the opportunity to display their products, technologies and services for the water sector.

Please note that the Early Bird Conference Registration is open until 15 September. For more detailed information please visit the Conference and Exhibition website: www.balkansjointconference.org

Language: english

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European Water Association, EC

13th EWA Brussels Conference: Recent Developments in EU Water Policy

Brussels, Belgium // 06 November 2017 - 08 November 2017

Conference / Workshop

Held in cooperation with the DG Environment of the European Commission, the main objective of the annual EWA Brussels Conference is to establish a dialogue between the European Commission and European water professionals and stakeholders. The topic of the 13th EWA Brussels Conference is “Recent Development in the EU Water Policy”.

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Language: english

Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 12 October 2017

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Country resources

Government policy or strategy

2017

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BMLFUW

National River Basin Management Plan 2015

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Sector strategy

24 June 2017

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AMAC Association

BULETIN INFORMATIV- EDUCAȚIONAL nr.20

BULETIN INFORMATIV- EDUCAȚIONAL nr.20 Legea privind plata pentru poluarea mediului nr. 1540-XIII din 25.02.1998 și alte acte normative.

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Contributed by Iuri Nistor on 25 June 2017

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24 June 2017

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AMAC Association

BULETIN INFORMATIV- EDUCAȚIONAL nr.19

BULETIN INFORMATIV- EDUCAȚIONAL nr.19 Hotărîrea Agenţiei Naţionale de Reglementare în Energetică № 24/2017 din 26 ianuarie 2017 " Cu privire la aprobarea Regulamentului privind procedurile de achiziţie a bunurilor, lucrărilor şi serviciilor utilizate în activitatea titularilor de licență din sectoarele electroenergetic, termoenergetic, gazelor naturale și operatorilor care furnizează serviciul public de alimentare cu apă și de canalizare" .

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Contributed by Iuri Nistor on 25 June 2017

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Sector resources

Background or theoretical study

2017

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Joining Forces for Better Services? When, Why, and How Water and Sanitation Utilities Can Benefit from Working Together

This global study was initiated to provide evidence-based guidance to policy makers and practitioners regarding when, why, and how water and sanitation utilities can work together (“aggregate”) to successfully deliver specific policy outcomes, such as better services or lower costs. This work does not advocate for or against aggregations but rather presents and reviews global evidence, analyzes specific aggregation case studies, and identifies the key characteristics that successful aggregations have in common, depending on their purpose and the context in which they occur. Acknowledging that it is
challenging to make “before aggregation” and “after aggregation” cost comparisons because the levels of service are changing, this work focuses on proposing recommendations for successful aggregation, shaping lessons learned into a checklist of key questions to ask, and pointing out key decision points. The recommendations are based on evidence and observed experiences rather than theoretical considerations and sometimes run counter to conventional
wisdom on aggregation practices.
This study consists of a review of literature and an analysis of both qualitative and quantitative evidence—including a statistical analysis based on IB-Net data covering 1,306 utilities
from more than 140 countries; a review of global aggregation trends, collecting data for 111 countries; and 14 case studies from seven countries, providing a deep dive narrative of
aggregation experiences.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 04 October 2017

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Regional analysis

2017

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European Water Regulators WAREG

WAREG Report: An analysis of water efficiency KPIs in WAREG member countries

This report analyses the application of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to describe efficiency of water services in WAREG member countries, with the aim to draw out commonalities as well as differences in monitoring of water efficiency measures and performance. It seeks to outline how different European regulators promote water efficiency within their regulated industries. It is noted that although various KPIs and benchmarking platforms exist in the water industry, there appears to be a lack of consistency in the definitions, descriptions, application and consistency of KPIs used to measure water efficiency across Europe. It is further noted that while some countries use KPIs for benchmarking purposes, this practice has still not been fully embraced by regulators in WAREG member countries.

Publisher: WAREG,

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Regional analysis

2017

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European Water Regulators WAREG

WAREG Report: Affordability in European Water Systems

The report elaborated by the European Water Regulators (WAREG) provides a description of some approaches used in 17 WAREG Members’ countries to ensure the affordability of water and sewerage charges. It also provides a general overview of the governance frameworks and tools used in those countries. The main objective of this paper is to outline existing practices and to identify possible common patterns in regulatory mechanisms to ensure affordability of water services. This paper does not intend to give any indication of best practices.

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