New Blog Post: Tapping Digital Conferencing in Strategy Development - The Virtual TOC Workshop in Uganda

written by Sylvester Bett, AutRC WASH Delegate in East Africa

As part of enhancing and bolstering capacity development and knowledge transfer, WASH strategy development with Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) and Ethiopia Red Cross Society (ERCS) is part of the envisioned outcomes of the Skybird Programme. This entails establishing the theory of change for the anticipated capacity enhancement, followed up …

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It's time for our midterm evaluation

As we would like to measure the impact of the Skybird WASH Network, we need you - the Skybird WASH Network members - to give us your perspective. Please help us by filling in our midterm survey which also allows you to directly let us know how we can adjust the Network more to your needs. We thank you in advance and really appreciate the time and effort.

Big AutRC WASH News: Development of a Faecal Sludge Management ERU (FSM ERU)

written by Georg Ecker, AutRC WASH Adviser

In accordance with IFRC and National Societies (NS) that hold WASH Emergency Response Units (ERU) AutRC will take the lead to develop a future Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) Faecal Sludge Management ERU – FSM ERU. The devastating earth quake 2010, which heavily affected the city center of Port-au-Prince/Haiti, but even more …

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Development of a Faecal Sludge Management ERU (FSM ERU)
ERCS SG in Water kiosk site
Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS), in collaboration with the AutRC, finalized the construction of SIWA WASH project in Benishangul-Gumuz which was inaugurated on May 30, 2021 with Getachew Ta’a, ERCS Secretary General present for the ceremony.
A particular highlight of the SIWA project was the commitment of the community who have contributed approx. 10,000 EUR through excavation and labour support of 4.4km distribution line.


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    AutRC's Sylvester Bett has been talking to Placidia Vavirai (WASH Adviser in Sudan for Swiss RC) about O&M of WASH Facilities and what depresses Placidia about the topic. Does Placidia have a solution? And more importantly, what about the special attire Placidia is wearing? Find out in the video and feel invited to share your experiences in the comments.
    We highly recommend you to take a look a the new IFRC PGI in WASH Guidance Note. As some of you may know, the guidance note is the fruit of a long and close collaboration and joint effort between the WASH and PGI teams.
    Now the hard work will start: planning and implementing the roll-out strategy for the guidance note - and of course the actions it describes. For starters, watch a short video about communication hiccups between PGI and WASH practitioners.
    PGI Guideline
    Join PRO-WASH, Water for People and IRC WASH for a webinar and training to learn more about WASH Systems Strengthening from July 20th - 29th. Register here.

    • The African Development Bank is looking for a Manager for their Water Coordination and Partnerships Division. Deadline: June 28.
    • UNICEF in Burundi is looking for an International Institutional Contractor to provide “Consultancy services for assessment of climate risks to WASH Sector and Concept Note development for Climate resilient WASH”. Deadline: July 7.
    • COOPI Cooperazione Internazionale is looking for a WASH Expert for South West Shewa, Ethiopia. Deadline: June 28.

    Meet the Branch: ERCS West Arsi Zonal Branch

    West Arsi Zonal Branch already has a lot of experience with the implementation of WASH projects (see list below) and chose to focus on gender, diversity and inclusion for their Skybird micro-project (details below) besides regular WASH activities.

    West Arsi is one of the Oromia Regional State territories with elevations ranging from 1500 to over 3300 m. ERCS Oromia Region …

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    Meet the Branch: ERCS West Arsi Zonal Branch
    Summer Break !
    The Skybird WASH Network Newsletter is going on a little summer break.
    All other communicartion channels (LinkedIn, Twitter, WASH Community on IFRC Learning Platform) will remain up and running.
    In case anything comes up, please reach us under
    We will come back in September with a lot of exciting news, posts about learnings from the micro-projects, interactive online networking events and more.
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