Towards the objective of delivering capacity development products and improving the performance of the water utility companies, SHUKALB has engaged in Regional Partnerships and Projects with the aim of expanding and diversifying the capacity development products and programs developed in the region for the staff of the water supply and sewerage companies in Albania.
D-LeaP Capacity Development Programs
The Danube Learning Partnership (D-LeaP) is designed as a regional, integrated and sustainable capacity building initiative of national water utility associations and IAWD, the International Association of Water Service Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area, and provides a comprehensive curriculum to the staff of water and wastewater utilities located in the Danube region.
The primary target audience of D-LeaP programs consists of the water and wastewater utility companies of the countries in the Danube region and their management and technical staff. Out of the 17 countries that are covered by D-LeaP, utilities in 12 countries are expected to have a particular interest in D-LeaP programs based on the level of development of their utility sector: those are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Ukraine.
The D-LeaP capacity development programs offer a combination of theory and practice, enabling participants to analyze specific indicators of their company’s performance and therefore produce an action plan with specific objectives that the company can use to make the necessary interventions.
The Danube Learning Partnership (D-LeaP) offers a range of programs that are developed at regional level and delivered by SHUKALB in Albanian language jointly with the Water and Wastewater Works Association of Kosovo (SHUKOS). The offered programs are listed as follows:
- Energy Efficiency
- Integrated Asset Management
- Utility Benchmarking Program
- Commercial Efficiency Program
- Non Revenue Water Program
- Water Safety Planning
For more information on each of these Programs please visit the link https://www.d-leap.org/d-leap/the-programs/
Capacity Development Products under the “Regional Capacity Development Network for Water and Sanitation Services (RCDN)” Project
The project “Regional Capacity Development Network (RCDN) for Water and Sanitation Services” aims at increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the water utilities in the Western Balkans, contributing to better service provision with larger numbers of population groups getting access to drinking water and sanitation services and meeting the EU environmental Acquis Communautaire.
The project is jointly financed by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and development (BMZ), and it is administratively embedded in the GIZ Project “Open Regional Fund for Southeast Europe – Modernisation of Municipal Services (ORF MMS)”, commissioned by BMZ.
Three key sets of activities will contribute to achieve the RCDN project outcomes:
- Outcome 1: The Associations of water utilities and municipalities in the Western Balkans, in cooperation with NALAS and IAWD, are enabled to deliver quality capacity development measures to water utilities and municipalities in the frame of the RCDN in a financially sustainable manner.
- Outcome 2: Management and technical staff of water utilities and public officials of municipalities have access to and make use of RCDN’s high-quality, demand-oriented and formal capacity development products.
- Outcome 3: National Authorities, International Financial Institutions and Donors promote the use as well as contribute to the improvement of the RCDN capacity development offer.
In this framework, SHUKALB has received financing for a Grant for implementing the following CD products:
Three-Day Training on “Capital Infrastructure Investment Projects in the Water Sector” for Municipal and PUC Middle Management and Project Implementation Unit Staff.
- There is a need for infrastructure investments projects in the WSS Sector in Albania, and the need for increased capacities in municipalities and water utilities in the decision-making for investment projects financing arises.
- The objective of the training is to enable participants to carry out complex infrastructure investment projects, and to provide the participants with the necessary framework, general knowledge and skills in regard to:
- Carry out necessary preparations for infrastructure investment project implementation,
- Develop all elements of future infrastructure investment projects, and
- Implement all stages of an infrastructure investment project.
- The introductory training will target the Municipal middle management in charge of Project implementation, and middle management of PUCs, such as, heads of relevant sectors/units; technical, legal, financial) and Project Implementation Unit staff involved in the implementation and monitoring of technical, legal and financial aspects of capital infrastructure investment projects. Furthermore, representatives from the line Ministry and Agency will be invited.
For more information watch the video.
One-day Workshop on Improving the D-LeaP Asset Management product through integration of LGUs
- In the framework of the “Asset Management Advisory Services to Water Utilities in South-Eastern Europe” Programme that started its implementation early this year in Albania, SHUKALB will organize one-day introductory training for the management of the participating municipalities and water utilities. Besides the ongoing measures under IAM Project, there is a need to improve the understanding and knowledge of the municipal decision makers about the need for Integrated Asset Management, and to foster cooperation and exchange between the municipality and water utility.
- The training’s objective is to improve awareness of municipal decision makers in Albania on the:
- Importance of proper asset management for their decision making upon tariffs, investments.
- Needs and challenges related to the management of the municipal water supply and waste water collection & treatment network.
- Capacity for evidence based decisions making.
- Ease of communication between the municipal and water utilities and foster their mutual cooperation.
- The training will target the Municipal decision makers: Administrative Council Members of Utilities, Mayors, General Secretaries, Heads of Departments of Finance, Communal services and Investments. Also, management of the PUCs: General Manager, Technical Manager, Finance Manager. Furthermore, representatives from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy, National Agency for Water Supply and Sewerage and Waste Infrastructure (AKUM), and Water Regulatory Authority, will be invited.
Two Peer exchanges organized for successful Infrastructure Waste Water Collection and Treatment Projects, one in the national level and one in the regional level (2 days)
- In the situation where major Waste Water Collection and Treatment (WWCT) Infrastructure Projects are expected to be implemented in the near future, the experience of other municipalities and utilities which were involved in the preparation, design and implementation of WWCT projects could be beneficial to their peers.
- The national and regional peer exchange will target the Municipal decision makers, such as Administrative Council Members of Utilities, Project Implementation Units Members. Also, management of the Water and Sewerage Utilities: General Manager, Technical Manager, Finance Manager, Members of Project Implementation Units, WWTP Managers.
- The format to be selected for the peer exchanges will combine a workshop event held at the utility premises, with a site visit at the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) following the RCDN standard on peer exchange.
- The objective of the peer-to-peer exchange in Albania will be to improve the knowledge on the preparation of WWCT Projects for interested Municipalities and Utilities, and to foster cooperation among Municipalities and Utilities in the field of WWCT in Albania. This will be achieved through:
- Identification of successful WWCT projects in Albania, so as to transfer their experiences from the preparation/implemented WWCT Project.
- Use mapping to select LGUs/PUCs which are in the process of preparing WWCT Projects.
- Selection of the key topics to cover in the workshop and site visit, based on the prior assessment of interested topics by LGU/PUCs.
- Presentation of good practice(s) by peers.
- Exchange with peers on the key challenges encountered and lessons learnt.
- Site visit at operational WWTP in Albania.
- Preparation of lessons learnt/action plans by particular LGU/Water Utilities.
For more information watch the video.