CD Programs and Descriptions

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

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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 been offering the following CD products:

Product:                             Capital Infrastructure Investment Projects in the Water Sector
Target Group:                    Municipal and PUC Middle Management and Project                                                                  Implementation Unit Staff
Duration:                            3-days
Format:                               Training face to face, online

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.

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Product:                             Introductory Integrated Asset Management
Target Group:                     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.
Duration:                             1-day training
Format:                                Training face to face, online

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.

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Product:                               Successful Infrastructure Waste Water Collection and Treatment Projects
Target Group:                      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.
Duration:                             2 days
Format:                                Peer Exchange, Workshop and Site Visit

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.

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Product:                               Waste Water Collection and Treatment Programmes
Target Group:                      Municipal decision makers
Duration:                              4 days (2 months)
Target Group:                      Managers and Engineers
Duration:                               8.5 days (6-months)
Format:                                Trainings, Peer Exchange, Site Visit

The WWCT programme for decision maker main objective is to enhance the capacity of local & regional decision makers in understanding the significance and importance and the basic functioning of wastewater collection and treatment systems.

The WWCT programme for managers and engineers’ main objective is to explain different wastewater collection and treatment systems with an emphasis of the technical aspects and can define their importance.

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