The Open Regional Fund for Southeast Europe - Modernisation of Municipal Services was launched in 2007 by the German Cooperation to strengthen municipal services and foster cooperation between Logal Government Units (LGU) in the region. The ORF is supported by the Swiss Cooperation since 2013. It is closely coordinated with the program Local Leaders Southeast Europe: Lead for Change (LLSEE), also funded by the German Federal Ministry for Cooperation (BMZ) and aimed at strengthening the capacity of municipalities and public utilities in the water and sanitation sector via decicated training.

International Association of Waterworks in the Rhine Catchment Area (IAWR)

Similar to IAWD, IAWR is an international association of waterworks in a river catchment area (Rhine). Structurally, IAWR is composed of three regional organisations: Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Wasserwerke Bodensee-Rhein (Association of Waterworks in the Lake Constance-Rhine Region, AWBR), Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Rhein-Wasserwerke (Association of Rhine Waterworks, ARW) and Vereniging van Rivierwaterbedrijven (Association of River Waterworks, RIWA). With ist three member organisations. IAWR, which serves roughly 30 million people persons in the Rhine catchment area, represents the interests of approx. 120 water companies from the six riparian countries Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, France, Germany and Netherlands.

It is the objective of IAWR to protect the Rhine, ist tributaries and the pre-Alpine lakes so that the quality of their waters will be good enough to allow drinking water to be produces using only natural methods.

Joint projects of IAWD and IAWR:

            • Groundwater-Memorandum 2004


            • Requests on the Conversion of the EU – Water Framework Directive


            • Danube, Meuse and Rhine – Memorandum 2008


            • Memorandum regarding the protection of European rivers and watersources in order to protect the provision of drinking water

These publications can be downloaded from our webpage under „publications – related documents“.

For more information on IAWR please visit the website:

International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR)

was established in 1998 zu implement the Danube River Protection Convention. The organisation is not only concerned with the Danube itself but takes account of the entire catchment area including tributaries and groundwater resources, in the same way as ICPRR does. The ICPDR Secretariat is domiciled in Vienna.

Since 2002, IAWD holds observer status with ICPDR. As an NGO (non-governmental organisation), IAWD may participate in all official events and meetings of ICPDR. Of course, the prime interest of IAWD is water quality in order to ensure durably safe, sustainable drinking water supply for the water companies in the Danube catchment area.

The highpoint of the co-operation between IAWD and ICPDR was the Ministerial Conference on 13 December 2004 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Danube River Protection Convention.

For more information on ICPDR please visit the website:

International Water Association (IWA)

is an organisation that brings together people from across the water profession to deliver equitable and sustainable water solutions for the world.

Thematic Programmes provide IWA with a mechanism to respond to global challenges and support progressive agendas for the water and sanitation sector.

The highpoint of the co-operation between IAWD and IWA was the World Water Congress in early September 2008. IAWD served as the regional partner in the organisation of this Congress. For a number of years, the position of the Danube region as one of the most interesting examples of international water management has been duly recognised; this fact was taken account of at the World Water Congress by including a special Danube action Day in the conference programme. This focal event was organised jointly with ICPDR.

For more information on IWA please visit the website:


NALAS brings together 16 associations which represent roughly 9000 local authorities, directly elected by more than 80 million citizens of this region. NALAS promotes the process of decentralisation in cooperation with central governments and international organisations, considering local self-government as a key issue in the current process of transition affecting the various countries in the South-East Europe.


is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. Its mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. Cities are facing unprecedented demographic, environmental, economic, social and spatial challenges. There has been a phenomenal shift towards urbanization, with 6 out of every 10 people in the world expected to reside in urban areas by 2030.

Over 90 per cent of this growth will take place in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. In the absence of effective urban planning, the consequences of this rapid urbanization will be dramatic. In many places around the world, the effects can already be felt: lack of proper housing and growth of slums, inadequate and out-dated infrastructure – be it roads, public transport, water, sanitation, or electricity – escalating poverty and unemployment, safety and crime problems, pollution and health issues, as well as poorly managed natural or man-made disasters and other catastrophes due to the effects of climate change. Mindsets, policies, and approaches towards urbanization need to change in order for the growth of cities and urban areas to be turned into opportunities that will leave nobody behind. UN-Habitat, the United Nations programme for human settlements, is at the helm of that change, assuming a natural leadership and catalytic role in urban matters.

Mandated by the UN General Assembly in 1978 to address the issues of urban growth, it is a knowledgeable institution on urban development processes, and understands the aspirations of cities and their residents. For close to forty years, UN-Habitat has been working in human settlements throughout the world, focusing on building a brighter future for villages, towns, and cities of all sizes. Because of these four decades of extensive experience, from the highest levels of policy to a range of specific technical issues, UN-Habitat has gained a unique and a universally acknowledged expertise in all things urban. This has placed UN-Habitat in the best position to provide answers and achievable solutions to the current challenges faced by our cities.

UN-Habitat is capitalizing on its experience and position to work with partners in order to formulate the urban vision of tomorrow. It works to ensure that cities become inclusive and affordable drivers of economic growth and social development.

Further information can be found here

The World Bank Group

The World Bank Group has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030:

End extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.25 a day to no more than 3% Promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40% for every country

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. We are not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development. The World Bank Group comprises five institutions managed by their member countries.

Established in 1944, the World Bank Group is headquartered in Washington, D.C. We have more than 10,000 employees in more than 120 offices worldwide.

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