On 26 June 2020, SHUKALB in cooperation with the Association of Municipalities of Albania (AMA) and the Association for Local Autonomy (ALA) organized a workshop on “Development of Joint Advocacy Activities for Water and Sanitation Services in Albania”. The workshop was organized in the framework of the project “Regional Capacity Development Network for Water and Sanitation Services (RCDN*)”.
The workshop was attended by representatives of water utility companies, National Agency of Water Supply, Sewerage and Waste Infrastructure (AKUM), GIZ Albania, consulting companies, ORF MMS-GIZ Northern Macedonia, and RCDN, and it was moderated by Jasmina Trajkovski and Mirjana Apostolova, Trajkovski & Partners (T&P) Consulting – Skopje.
The overall objective of the workshop was to create a joint approach of the three Associations for the advocacy activities in the water supply and sewerage sector in Albania. The specific objectives of the workshop were to:
- Clarify the expected outcome for the topics of joint interest
- Identify who the main stakeholders are
- Identify the key arguments for the position
- Define the method/ approach for each of the topics
During the workshop, the participants discussed on the challenges, the expected results, the key stakeholders and the arguments on the below topics that have been jointly selected by the three Associations:
- Asset Management – Business plans and financial models are based on realistic and updated asset registries and proper O&M business practices including revaluation of the assets.
- Active involvement of LGUs and PUCs in the decision making process for the implementation of aggregation of PUCs in Albania
- Customization of Performance Agreements and KPIs Target Values, through a Participatory Approach.
Following this workshop and the feedback gathered by the participants, the Associations will continue to identify and develop future advocacy activities in regard of the common topics.
*RCDN is a project being implemented by the GIZ-Open Regional Fund (ORF), and financed by the Swiss and German Governments, and aims at establishing a self-sustaining Regional Capacity Development Network, with 16 local government and water associations in the region.