Analytical and Advisory Work

In 2015, the World Bank undertook a State of the Sector review of water and wastewater services in the Danube region, which became the analytical flagship of the World Bank under the Program. The report also identified areas that require further study to better inform policy dialogue in the region and have been addressed through new analytical work financed under the Danube Water Program. This work includes the study on the challenges of wastewater management, water and sanitation services in rural areas, utility agglomeration and utility workforce.

In addition, regional and national advisory activities support specific policy dialogue and advice to WSS institutions about how to modernize the sector, often in parallel with existing World Bank engagements. For example, support has been provided to recently formed regulators in Croatia, Montenegro, and elsewhere in efforts to strengthen their country’s regulatory mechanisms.