We are

a regional network that makes improvements happen even in the most challenging conditions, by constantly creating innovative knowledge solutions and ideas for better performance of both, municipalities and water utilities in rendering water and sanitation services in Western Balkans through collaborative delivery of innovative, high quality, standardized, affordable, and tailor-made capacity development products.

RCDN objectives

RCDN aims at improving the performance of local government units and water utilities in delivering water and sanitation services to citizens by enriching the regional capacity development offer, establishing partnerships and enabling capacity development environment.


RCDN offers unique capacity development products for water and sanitation services targeting top and middle management in local government units and water utilities.

RCDN uses eight different capacity development formats aiming at developing competences of individuals (e.g. training, training of trainers), providing support to organisational development (e.g. advisory services, peer exchange) and fostering cooperation (e.g. dialogue platform, conference management).


The project which is supporting the Regional Capacity Development Network is managed by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) – Open Regional Fund for Modernisation of Municipal Service (ORF MMS), on behalf of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

SECO contribution is 5.3 Million EUR and
BMZ contribution is 1.5 Million EUR.

RCDN as an answer to the challenges

RCDN responds to the poor performance of the water and sanitation service sector by addressing the limited number of sufficiently trained and qualified staff in local government units and water utilities. RCDN capacity development products are:

  • Strong potential for strengthening the capacities of local government units and water utilities to deliver higher quality services;
  • More affordable due to better efficiency and building on replication and upscaling of current initiatives in the region;
  • Cost-effective as they provide excellent value for money;
  • Delivered according to the same quality standards in the whole region;
  • Targeting both local government units and water utilities and thus enhancing their cooperation;
  • Based on trustful partnership as they are delivered by associations of local government units and associations of water utilities.

RCDN team

RCDN is a partnership of 16 national associations – 7 associations of local government units and 9 associations of water utilities from 6 countries in the region: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

The RCDN Project is implemented by the Project Implementation Team (PIT) consisting of three regional networks: Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (NALAS), International Association of Water Service Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area (IAWD) and Association for Water and Environmental Protection “Aquasan Network in Bosnia and Herzegovina” (Aquasan Network in BiH).


  • PIT contacts:

  • Varshavska 36 A, 1000 Skopje,
  • Macedonia
  • Phone: +389 23090818
  • Fax: +389 23090818
  • E-mail: info@nalas.eu

  • Jelena Janevska, Knowledge Manager
  • janevska@nalas.eu
  • 00389 70 280 582

  • Miodrag Kolic, Quality Manager
  • kolic@nalas.eu
  • 00389 72 314 412, 00389 23 090 818
  • Aquasan Network in B&H
  • Bosanskih banova 23, 77 000 Bihac
  • Phone: +387 37 307 993
  • Fax: +387 37 222 899

  • Aida Jusufhodžić, CD Product Manager
  • aida.jusufhodzic@aquasanbih.ba
  • 00387 37 307 993

  • Vesna Muslić, Marketing Manager
  • vesna.muslic@aquasanbih.ba
  • 00387 37 307 993

  • IAWD
  • c/o Vienna Water
  • A-1060 Vienna
  • Grabnergasse 4-6
  • Phone +431/59 9 59 – 31070
  • Fax +431/59 9 59 – 7311

  • Katherine Wagner, Project Coordinator
  • katherine.wagner@wien.gv.at