Dear Skybirds, here are the highlights of this newsletter for you right at the beginning:
  • A quick recap of the pre-crisis market mapping and analysis conducted by KRCS as part of their Skybird micro-project
  • Introduction to the idiation bootcamps facilitated by the KRCS' I.O.ME005 innovation Lab team in Lamu
  • An interview with the king of faecal sludge management
  • Alice Akello's favorite moment during the implementation of her Skybird micro project
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Practical Market Assessment Training for WASH Cluster Members, Baringo County, Kenya

Written by Fredrick M. Orimba, Focal Person for Cash and Voucher Assistance Programming at Kenya Red Cross Society.

This blog is meant to contribute to the learning and sharing in the use market-based approaches to achieving WASH outcomes among the communities during emergency humanitarian responses. Markets play a critical role in the supply of critical commodities and services required by …

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Design thinking as an approach to develop solutions to WASH challenges within the East Africa Region

Design thinking as an approach to develop solutions to WASH challenges within the East Africa Region
Written by Priyanka Patel, Innovation Officer at Kenya Red Cross Society

Design Thinking and Innovation, words that seem so simple, yet are very complex. Innovation is often categorised as technology, and digital solutions, but to the humanitarian sector, innovation is all about creative thinking, developing solutions or trying things in a new way to benefit the community. The Austrian Red …

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REDpreneur is the first-of-its kind innovation and acceleration program of the Red Cross to support innovative impact driven enterprises in the health and care sector and offer a unique immersive learning experience. The program aims to develop fundamental skills and concepts in the field of impact enterprise to tackle issues in the sector through market-based approaches. >>>More info on the website.

We are pleased to announce that Marij Zwart (NLRC) scored an interview with Salahuddin Ahmmed (IOM WASH officer, Cox's Bazar) who is introduced as the king of faecal sludge management. Hence, the topic for the interview is clear. The only question that remains is: why is Salahuddin called the king?
Watch the whole interview here.
This week the MSM20 international training is going on in Upper Austria. The training has the objective for participants to be able to be deployed as MSM20 team members in the areas of HP and (environmental) sanitation, applying the principles of PGI, CEA and Green Response. A more extensive (and fun!) report will follow with our next newsletter.


  • Kenya Red Cross Society shares regular updates on their activities in their weekly bulletin called E-Msalaba. We invite you to take a look at the bulletin which includes COVID-19 updates as well as other interesting news. Can you spot our fellow Skybirds who visited the Skybird micro project in Baringo county this month?
  • IRC Ethiopia made this entertaining video about the impact of toilets on the life of flies. Especially to colleagues working in Ethiopia: take a look at the video, maybe it's useful for you and your projects.
  • Do we really Leave No One Behind or can we define gaps? elrha wrote a blog post about an inclusive approach to research where people with visual, auditory and physical disabilities, and elderly people became active researchers to share their lived experiences. The tools mentioned in this text are particularly worth browsing through.
  • EVENTS: For the first time ever there will be a Water Pavillion at COP26 with several live sessions from November 1-12. Including a Water and Climate Discussion on November 12. From 22-26 November the 8th Africa Water Week and the 6th African Sanitation Conference will take place in a joint virtual format, organized by AMCOW and the African Union. >>> Visit our event calendar for more events.
  • Young professionals: UNICEF/the Global WASH Cluster is offering an opportunity for a remote and paid internship for 6 months.
  • MEDAIR is looking for an ERT-WASH Manager for a 24 month posting in Juba, South Sudan.
  • Solidarité International is hiring a Program Coordinator with a focus on WASH and FSL for a position in South Sudan.

Skybirds in front of the curtain: Alice Akello

Skybirds infront of the curtain: Alice Akello
My name is Alice Akello, I am a social worker by profession (post-graduate diploma in project planning and project management) with a background in child development and child advocacy. I have been implementing WASH/food security programs since 2013 with Family health international(FHI360) in Kole district. I joined URCS in 2018 as a branch manager for URCS Lira branch overseeing the …

>>> Read more and find out about Alice's best moment during implementation

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