Water and Sanitation Safety Planning in the Balkan region

Grant recipient

Women Engage for a Common Future e.V. (WECF)


  • Aquademica Stiftung, Rumania
  • JHR – Journalists for Human Rights, North Macedonia
  • MA – Milieukontakt, Albania
  • WIDSH – Women in Development Shkoder
  • EASD – Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development, Serbia



09/01/2020 to 09/30/2022

Priority areas

  • Water and waste water management
  • Sustainable urban and regional development

Funding priority

Pilot and model projects abroad

Target countries

Romania, Serbia, Albania, North Macedonia

In the project countries of Romania, North Macedonia, Albania and Serbia there is a lack of sustainable water and sanitation management in rural areas, which in some cases has serious consequences for the environment and the health of the population. The aim of WECF and the project partners was to introduce and further develop the Water and Sanitation Safety Planning (WSSP) instrument in the target countries. WSSP shows methods for risk analysis and assessment of water and sanitation systems and explains measures to minimise risks and to improve the water and sanitation situation. The project especially focuses on SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation). In various educational activities, a WSSP-compendium already developed by WECF was made available to various stakeholders from education, administration, politics and institutions. In North Macedonia and Albania, training courses were being held for this purpose, building on trainings from the previous project; in Serbia, WSSP was introduced for the first time. Media campaigns and public relations work were used to sensitize the local population to the issue, thereby promoting social awareness and the ability to act on one's own responsibility in the field. In Romania, an online educational portal on water, sanitation, wastewater and the environment was developed to help teachers integrate WSSP into their schedules. The North Macedonian partners promoted the introduction of WSSP at national and local level in round tables with political decision makers. Finally, a revised, extended and updated edition of the WSSP-compendium was published, taking into account the results of the educational activities and the educational portal.


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