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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17 November 2016

World Toilet Day on 19 November

World Toilet Day, on 19 November, is about taking action to reach the 2.4 billion people living without a toilet. The theme of World Toilet Day 2016 is ‘toilets and jobs’, focusing on how sanitation, or the lack of it, can impact people’s livelihoods.

Sanitation is a global development priority. The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone everywhere has access to toilets by 2030.  

Toilets play a crucial role in creating a strong economy, as well as improving health and protecting people’s safety and dignity, particularly women’s and girls’.

The UN and its partners are getting the message out that toilets save lives, increase productivity, create jobs and grow economies.

To learn more about the connection between toilets and jobs, please download the factsheet.

To take action and join the global movement, please go to www.worldtoiletday.info

Top facts:

  • 2.4 billion People live without improved sanitation (World Health Organization (WHO)/UNICEF 2015).
  • One in ten people has no choice but to defecate in the open (WHO/UNICEF 2015).
  • Diarrhoea caused by poor sanitation and unsafe water kills 315,000 children every year (WAS-Hwatch 2016).
  • Disease transmission at work mostly caused by poor sanitation and hygiene practices, causes 17% of all workplace deaths (International Labour Organization (ILO) 2003).
  • Loss of productivity due to illnesses caused by lack of sanitation and poor hygiene practices is estimated to cost many countries up to 5% of GDP (Hutton 2012)

 


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 17 November 2016

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17 November 2016

Article on "Addressing the urban sanitation crisis: time for a radical shift"

This article was submitted by Martin Gambrill to the Water Blog.

"A successful city is economically and culturally vibrant, healthy, safe, clean and attractive to business and tourism, and provides quality of life to its citizens. This vision is appealing but remains hard to realize as developing cities have to cope with changing demographics and climate with limited financial and human resources. The sustainable development goals have given a new impetus for cities to be inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG11), ensure citizens’ health and wellbeing (SDG3) and secure access to sustainable water and sanitation services (SDG6).

World Toilet Day on November 19th is the opportunity to remind ourselves of a few facts and propose a set of guiding principles for a renewed and revitalized urban sanitation agenda."

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 17 November 2016

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15 November 2016

DWP Photo Contest - win free conference registration!

The Danube Water Program (DWP) is seeking new photos to be published on the DWP Website and for promotional issues. Thus, the DWP announces a photo contest among its partners to represent the whole diversity of the Danube region. 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 Danube Water Programs would also like to encourage Young Water Professionals to participate in the photo contest. Please find furhter information and the Terms and Policy below.

Please note that the deadline has been extended to 31 December 2016!


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 15 November 2016

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Business Opportunities

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Calls and Tenders

@ Bulgaria

06 December 2016

Sofiyska Voda JSC announces a call for expression of interest for elaboration of a new methodology for valuation of the physical condition of the assets

Sofiyska Voda JSC, operated by Veolia, is implementing a project “Improvement of the Asset Management in Sofiyska Voda JSC through Elaboration of a New Assets Valuation Methodology”,  funded by the Danube Water Program.

In this regard, Sofiyska voda JSC announces a call for expression of interest for selection of a consulting company.

Sofiyska Voda JSC now invites eligible consultants to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (CV - according to template, brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, references, etc.).

Interested candidates can obtain more information from the attached RfEoI and here.


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 06 December 2016

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Job oppenings

@ Ukraine

29 November 2016

WASH Project Manager

Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians’ victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs.

PUI priority is to improve or restore equitable access to quality health, Water and sanitation services for the most vulnerable population living in cities located along the contact line in the Donetsk Oblast. PUI focus of provision of humanitarian aid to vulnerable population within the conflict-affected area employing complex approach strategy based on technical, medical and non-medical expertise.

As part of our activities in Ukraine, we are looking for a WASH Project Manager in Kostyantinovka.

The Water Supply, Sanitation & Hygiene Program Manager (WASH PM) will be responsible for the management and implementation of an integrated WASH projects in Eastern Ukraine.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 29 November 2016

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Job oppenings

@ Ukraine

29 November 2016

Expert in Hydrology and Water Resources

The project “Climate Change and Security in the Dniester River Basin” is funded by Austrian Development Cooperation and European Commission Instrument for Stability (EC/IfS) and is an integral part of the larger scale ENVSEC project “Climate Change and Security in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus”. The project aims to increase adaptive capacity of the riparian countries sharing the Dniester river basin, through improved transboundary co-operation. Main results will include the development of a basin-wide transboundary climate change adaptation framework together with its implementation and resource mobilization plan and support of a few priority adaptation measures in the basin.
It is foreseen to engage a local expert to support the procurement of the specific hydrometeorological equipment for the water level monitoring in the Dniester river basin and share this data between responsible authorities in Moldova and Ukraine. Services will be provided from 15 December 2016 to 15 January 2017.
Please note that this is a consultancy assignment of approximately 4 working days. The consultant will be required to work from home with the ability to travel if necessary.

The expert is expected to accomplish the following tasks:
• Finalize the specific requirements to the equipment in the ToR for monitoring stations for Ukraine;
• Assist in technical assessment of bids during procurement of the monitoring stations for Ukraine;
• Provide an expert input to the ToR on hydrometeorological equipment for Moldova;
• Provide support for technical assessment of bids during procurement of the hydrometeorological equipment for Moldova.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 29 November 2016

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Danubis.org News

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05 September 2016

New Features and changes made @ DANUBIS.org

Dear DANUBIS.org community,

we are happy to present some changes and new features regarding the DANUBIS.org water platform.

The main changes inlcude:

  • the brandnew Business Opportunities section, where you can upload and find Job Openings as well as open Calls and Tenders in the region
  • the former DANUBIS News is now the sector news, where you can post any news regarding the water sector in the region or a specific country
  • the new DANUBIS.org news replaces the Steering Committee news and provides news on the platform itself and on the Steering Committee
  • in the upload section, you will now find a small question mark next to each type of contribution indicating what type of posts fit into it

We hope that you like the new features and changes made and look forward to your contributions!

If you have any comments or feedback for us, please contact us at office@danubis.org


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 05 September 2016

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14 July 2016

Meeting Minutes of the DANUBIS DCM Workshop

A workshop on the functionality of the DANUBIS Data Collection and Management (DCM) platform was held in Belgrade on 22-24 June 2016. It was a training session to provide staff of managing institutions with the capacity to launch, manage and use the DCM DANUBIS system for upload and analysis of data from the respective country.

On the last day of the workshop the participants discussed the next steps to be taken to implement the DANUBIS DCM platform in the participating countries. The minutes of the meeting are enclosed.


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 14 July 2016

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25 May 2016

Summary of May 11, 2016 Steering Group Meeting

Dear colleagues and members of the DANUBIS Steering Group:

Thank you for your participation in the Steering Group meeting on May 11th in Vienna and via audio / video conference; and apologies to those who had issues getting connected. Below is a short summary of the discussions; the presentation that was made is also attached.

  1. Introductions. Representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, FYR Macedonia, Hungary, Kosovo (remotely), Moldova, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia, as well as IAWD, the World Bank, NALAS, GIZ and IB-Net attended the meeting and briefly summarized their country’s activities with regards to utility performance data collection systems and benchmarking. All participants underlined again the value of having a regional platform to allow for exchanges and benchmarking of utility performance over country boundaries, and many indicated that they are using DANUBIS.org regularly in their work.
  2. Presentation of the Platform. All of the changes agreed upon at the February 2016 Steering Group meeting have been incorporated into the DANUBIS.org website, and a full presentation of the new features was made, including:
  • Utility Performance Scorecard. The new utility performance scorecard, particularly targeted to decision makers within national and local governments, provides a quick overview of how a utility performs compared to similar companies in the region;
  • Utility Benchmarking Report. The new utility benchmarking report provides a comprehensive report on all aspects of the performance of a given utility and its evolution over time and compared to similar companies. It is primarily aimed at utility professionals and management.
  • Improved updates functionalities. The ability for users to register on the DANUBIS homepage and receive daily and/or weekly updates on changes and news from DANUBIS.org, was presented and participants were encouraged to subscribe. Registered users have automatically been subscribed but can change their update preferences in their profile. The DANUBIS LinkedIn group has also been created and actively moderated since February - participants are also encouraged to connect.
  1. Comments and feedback on the platform. Participants strongly endorsed the improvements made to the platform. Some of the additional comments made included:
  • The risks and opportunities associated with making utility performance data available to a wide public. Sector professionals will need to make a special effort to reach out to their elected representatives and the media to ensure that the information is understood properly, which was seen as an opportunity to move the dialogue to a more results-focused, fact-based discussion.
  • The need to focus on improving the coverage and quality of the data available in the platform to ensure that the results of the benchmarking are useful to users;
  • The importance to support utility performance data systems at national level, building on existing institutions and ensuring that the results are also fed back to utilities in the country to ensure an positive performance improvement impact.
  1. Dissemination and usage of the platform. Very significant resources have now been invested in making the DANUBIS platform available for all. Participants in the Steering group agreed that the focus in coming months should now be on ensuring that the platform is as widely known and used as possible, before further developments are tackled. Institutions in the steering group should play the main role in ensuring a lively and useful platform. The following actions were discussed:
  • All participants: Participants in the Steering Group should make a commitment not only to upload resources and information to the platform, but to also publicize and promote it further. The new brochure (attached) can be used for that purpose as well. All participating institutions were also invited to create a link to DANUBIS.org on their website and mention it in their newsletters.
  • National institutions: institutions in each country should consider whether to follow the example of Bulgaria, BiH, Kosovo and Serbia and setup a country portal in their national language to ensure the platform content, and in particular the utility database, is accessible to their national professionals. The amount of work involved with creating and maintaining a country portal is rather limited and can also be an easy way for institutions collecting utility performance data to make it available to their members, in national language, in a highly interactive manner.
  • National Waterworks Associations. National associations are seen as prime interlocutor to ensure that their member utilities are aware and make use of the platform. They were invited to ensure that DANUBIS is presented and explained to member utilities, for example on the side of their national events.
  • NALAS. Local governments would be an important potential audience and target of the DANUBIS.org platform, in particular with regards to the new utility performance scorecard. NALAS will explore how it can ensure a better diffusion of the platform, through its website, its newsletter and possible a dedicated training to national LGU associations so they can relay it to their members.

In order to facilitate dissemination of the platform, IAWD and the World Bank confirmed their availability to organize follow-up trainings, virtually or in person, on the platform so that national institutions would be able to promote it adequately. Interested institutions should feel free to contact the DANUBIS team.

  1. Future priorities. The meeting participants agreed that the following would be the priorities for the coming period:
  • Governance: the participants did not consider that DANUBIS required a more formal governance framework for now, and the use of a relatively open Steering Group to guide and advise the DANUBIS team was sufficient for now.
  • Visibility: The main priority of the coming months will be to ensure that the platform received as much visibility in the region. IAWD has just hired a new knowledge management and capacity building coordinator, Katerina Schilling (schilling@iawd.at) who will be supporting the participants in the Steering Group to ensure this is jointly achieved.
  • Potential award for leading utilities: the idea to highlight best performing utility companies, and best improving companies, at the region’s level and for each country, was discussed and will be explored further in the coming months.
  1. DANUBIS Data Collection and Management Platform. The participants were also informed that in parallel with the public DANUBIS.org platform, at the request of the Kosovo regulatory agency, a separate, online data collection and management platform is being developed to allow national institutions to easily collect, validate, manage, share and publish utility performance data. The platform is in final development stage and a training workshop will be held in Belgrade on June 22-24 with representatives of the four national institutions that are planning to use the platform in their country: ADKOM (Macedonia); the Kosovo regulatory agency, the Montenegro Waterworks Associations; and the Serbian water professionals association. The same signed on May 11th a MoU with IAWD and the World Bank to define the roles and responsibilities of each institution with regards to the DANUBIS DCM platform. Further institutions interested in knowing more, or making use of the platform, should approach the IAWD / World Bank team.

We hope that this summarizes our discussions and invite you to engage with us should you have any question or comment. In parallel, please do your part to ensure that the platform continues to grow in content and usefulness - spread the word, and connect!

Best regards

David Michaud / World Bank and Philip Weller / IAWD

 


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 25 May 2016

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Upcoming Events

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY, UTILITY BENCHMARKING, REGULATORY BENCHMARKING, OTHER, BUSINESS PLANNING, TECHNICAL RULES AND STANDARDS, RISK MANAGEMENT & WATER SAFETY PLANNING, ACCESS TO FINANCING, REGULATION, TARIFFS AND SUBSIDIES, WATER SERVICES, WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT AND TREATMENT

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RENEXPO Water & Energy - Western Balkans

Novi Sad, Serbia // 25 April 2017 - 27 April 2017

Conference / Workshop, Exhibition / Fair

From 25th - 27th of April 2017 the number 1 meeting place for international industry, investors and experts RENEXPO® WATER & ENERGY goes bigger, wider and higher.

 

A brand new trade fair, conferences and side program-concept welcomes on 2.000m² more than 100 companies worldwide and around 2.500 regional and international experts. The new set up unites the topics WATER & ENERGY in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Albania and Croatia. Exhibiting companies have never been closer to their target groups, because the conferences as well as the Trade Fair Forum guarantees direct interaction with more than 600 participants additionally to the professional visitors.

 

Conferences are broadcasted live in the trade fair hall and the Trade Fair Forum presents all about "successful energy efficient housing in Serbia", Heat Pumps and mobility, where the future regarding environmental transportation is presented.

 

During the 3 day program we present in the Exhibition, Conferences, Round Tables, Panels and Side Programs

Language: English / Local

Contributed by Igor Ivanoski on 18 November 2016

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@ Austria

IAWD

PI 2017 - IWA Specialist Conference on Benchmarking and Performance Assessment

Vienna, Austria // 15 May 2017 - 17 May 2017

Conference / Workshop

Every two years the IWA Benchmarking and Performance Assessment Specialist Group (BPA SG) organises a conference to present experiences, learn about other benchmarking and assessment project around the world. The PI Conference is also a traditional forum where ideas and methodologies are exchanged. The next PI Conference will be hosted by the International Association of Waterworks in the Danube Catchment Area (IAWD) from 15 - 17 May 2017 in Vienna.

The PI Conference 2017 will be held in conjunction with the Danube Water Conference held in Vienna on 17 - 18 May 2017.

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Language: english

Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 14 November 2016

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IAWD

Danube Water Conference 2017 - Save the Date

Vienna, Austria // 17 May 2017 - 18 May 2017

Conference / Workshop

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.

Language: English

Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 04 July 2016

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Country resources

Sector strategy

29 November 2016

Pdf file available in:

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Iurii Nistor

INFO-EDUCATIONAL BULLETIN #13

NATIONAL PROGRAMME OF EXTENDING CAPACITIES IN WATER AND SANITATION DOMAIN.

Training course for Customer Service employees.

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Contributed by Iuri Nistor on 29 November 2016

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Research Report

2016

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Autoriteti Rregullator për Shërbimet e Ujit

ANNUAL PERFORMANCE REPORT FOR WATER SERVICE PROVIDERS IN KOSOVO, IN 2015

Performance report of water supply licensed companies, wastewater service and untreated bulk water supply

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Contributed by Visar Berisha on 19 September 2016

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Research Report

26 July 2016

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Iuri Nistor

BULETIN INFORMATIV NR.7

Projecting, maintaining works by installing and activating pumping stations, overworking used water & clean water. Exploitation WILO Equipment for pumping stations overworking used & clean water.

File-size: 151 mb, Download here: http://amac.md/Buletine/Buletin_07.pdf

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Contributed by Iuri Nistor on 26 July 2016

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Sector resources

Good Practice review

01 February 2009

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Philippe Marin

Public-Private Partnerships for Urban Water Utilities - A Review of Experiences in Developing Countries

In its look back at more than 15 years of experience with public-private partnerships (PPPs) for urban water utilities in developing countries, this book examines the performance of a large sample of PPPs in different regions. Directed at policy makers in governments as well as donors and other stakeholders, its aim is to better understand the contribution of water PPPs to help improve the provision of water and sanitation services to the urban populations of the developing world.
This report shows that despite difficulties in several countries, water PPP has largely passed the test of time. The urban population served by private water operators in the developing world has been growing every year since 1990, reaching about 160 million people by 2007. The positive record on service and effi ciency improvements reaffi rms the value of PPPs, even though the level of private financing did not match initial expectations. Over time, a more realistic market has developed, with a growing number of private investors from developing countries and with contract designs based on a
more pragmatic allocation of risks between partners. What emerges from examining the available empirical evidence is that well-designed partnerships between the public and the private sectors are a valid option to turn around poorly performing water utilities in developing countries.

Publisher: World Bank / PPIAF, Washington

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Contributed by David Michaud on 15 June 2016

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Manual or training material

01 March 2016

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Iain Menzes

Delivering Universal and Sustainable Water Services - Partnering with the Private Sector

The objective of this Guidance Note is to offer practical,
experience-based guidance to those considering or currently
engaging in PPP in the water sector, and to provide a basic
understanding of water PPPs and the PPP cycle to better
inform dialogue with governments that are considering
PPP arrangements. It builds on the experience of WSP in
supporting PPP reforms in developing countries, especially
through the domestic private sector. Key stakeholders
in this dialogue include government at all levels, service
providers, policy makers, customers, civil society, and
professionals. Many water PPP engagements in developing
countries are more domestically oriented and at a smaller
scale than international transactions. This Note outlines a
rationale and approach for launching a water sector PPP so
that government leaders and private sector providers can
have informed discussions about the path forward should
they choose to explore this approach in their countries.

Publisher: World Bank / Water and Sanitation Program, Washington

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Contributed by David Michaud on 15 June 2016

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Background or theoretical study

2015

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Stef Smits and Harold Lockwood

Reimagining rural water services: the future agenda. An introduction to ten building blocks to support sustainable service delivery

This briefing note introduces a package of ten ‘building blocks’ we have found to be critical in moving towards sustainable service delivery. It reviews progress in their adoption and then sets out an agenda for the coming five years for rural water sectors striving to ensure full coverage and sustainable services

Developing a strategy to realise sustainable services at scale means addressing the building blocks in an integrated but sequenced way, whilst recognising the unique challenges and opportunities in every country.

Check the full website for much more information at http://www.waterservicesthatlast.org/ 

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Contributed by David Michaud on 22 April 2016

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