Dear Skybirds, this is our final newsletter of the year 2021 but we still got some highlights to share:
  • "Change is the only constant" - a reflection post on the Skybird implementation during the pandemic
  • Menstrual Hygiene Management and non-binarism are discussed in our latest Chain Interview by Mariangela D'Adamo (UNICEF) and Salahuddin Ahmmed (IOM Bangladesh)
  • Placidia Vavirai (Swiss RC) reflects on the MSM20 training AutRC held in October 2021
  • Read until the end for a holiday treat

Skybird & The Pandemic: Change is the only constant

As we received a question during our mid-term review about the impact of COVID-19 on the implementation of the Skybird Programme, we wanted to answer this question in a bit more depth through this post. Part of a 5-year capacity building program, the Skybird Programme includes a lot of direct capacity initiatives which require in-person exchanges, such as the development …

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In the background a woman wearing a mask stands in the door to her house holding a soap bar. She watches 4 Red Cross volunteers wearing masks installing a tippy tap for handwashing
CASH Confessions Welcome Screen

Skybird WASH Network Online Event

In case you missed our online event on CVA and market-based approaches in WASH, you can now rewatch it on our YouTube channel. A big thank you again to Deborah Bonucci (British RC; Cash & WASH TWiG), Fredrick Orimba (Kenya RC) and Abdoulaye Hamidou (the CALP Network) for sharing their expertise and facilitating the discussions.
Our next event is coming up in February 2022. Follow our social media to receive all updates.
Placidia infront of a self-constructed toilet or latrine on a parking space with cars in the background
Training Program
Salahuddin Ahmmed (IOM Bangladesh) invited his good friend Mariangela D'Adamo (WASH Specialist at MSB, seconded to UNICEF) for a chat. Mariangela chose to talk about Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM), also tackling the stigma around non-binary persons who have menstrual hygiene needs. In case you also wonder what Mariangela would like to be famous for, find out in the video.
Placidia Vavirai, WASH specialist and field delegate for Swiss Red Cross, participated in this year's MSM20 international training in Austria and reflects on the training as well as the activities around it in this story.
To name a few highlights, you will read about a witch tour, the decision log and Placidia waiting/hoping for a National Society to make her Secretary General.
The new eWASH/ERU Training Program for 2022 is now online on the AutRC website. Save this link to check on any relevant updates concerning training dates and times.
The training team is looking forward to receiving many of your registrations and wishes you a happy holiday season and a good start into the new year.


  • The website of the IFRC Cash & WASH technical working group has been updated with the latest market assessment reports from Kenya and Nepal.
  • In case you are bored during the holidays, take this free MOOC on Nature-based Solutions for Disaster and Climate Resilience by PEDRR, SDG Academy & UNEP.
  • PGI in WASH updates from the IFRC: The PGI in WASH Guidance Note is now also available in Spanish, French and Arabic here. Also take a look at the Alphabet Soup videos and the Questions to Guide WASH Programming on the same website. Until 14 January, IFRC also asks you to provide feedback for the observation checklist for inclusive WASH facilities.
  • Also have a look at the revised IFRC Community Engagement and Accountability (CEA) toolkit which includes useful templates, checklists and detailed guidance.
  • Good news: the 13th Ebola outbreak has been defeated last week in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) which deserves some celebration.

*Holiday Goodie*: The Sanitation Anthem

Sanitation Anthem
What better way to close off this year with this brilliant piece of music called "The Sanitation Anthem"?
Please enjoy and have a good holiday season. The Skybird WASH Network thanks you all for your support and we are looking forward to an exciting new year together.
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