Dear Skybirds, here are this month's highlights of your favorite newsletter:
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Skybird I.
  • New Skybird video about ERCS South Omo branch Skybird micro project "Solar Power Potable Water Solution for Kaysa Town".

Monitoring and evaluation of Skybird I

Written by washadmin | April 30, 2023

The Austrian Red Cross, together with its partners embarked, the Skybird Programme (Innovation and collaboration in WASH for improved living conditions in East Africa), a 5-years (2019-2023) regional WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) capacity strengthening program in East Africa, to contribute to improved living conditions …

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AutRC delegation office in Ethiopia visited ERCS South Omo branch Skybird micro project "Solar Power Potable Water Solution for Kaysa Town". The branch worked with other stakeholders to implement the project, one of which was the South Omo Zonal Water, Mine & Energy office. In this video, an expert from the governement office who provided technical support tells about the solar powered water supply system.
ICRC has shared us their monthly key messages regarding the humanitarian situation and their reponse in Ethiopia. You can find the document in this link - ICRC_Ethiopia_Key Message_April 2023.


  • Here is an open call for an online International Course on "Sand Dams as Water Harvesting Intervention for Climate Change Adaptation". The deadline for the enrolment is May 8th. Here is the link to the course datasheet. The enrolement link can be found at this link.
  • +1 Global Fund for WASH is inviting you to nominate up to 3 locally-led, earlier-stage organizations that you trust and respect, and are strengthening WASH access somewhere on the African continent. If one of your Nominees is selected, you will receive a USD $1,000 honorarium (per selected nominee, up to $3,000) to recognize your contribution. Your nominations will help ensure that a diverse range of organizations are considered for +1 support. In this link you will find the Guidance for Nominators. The deadline is now extended till May 2nd. For more information reach out to this email .
  • A new report from the USAID REAL-Water programme, Financial Innovations for Rural Water Supply in Low-Resource Settings, is now available online. You can access it from RWSN Library at this link. The report provides an overview of several financing mechanisms related to water service that are innovative and promising in rural areas such as small villages and dispersed settlements. These mechanisms include: Village Savings for Water, Digital Financial Services, Water Quality Assurance Funds, Performance-Based Funding, Development Impact Bonds, Standardized Life-Cycle Costing and Blending Public/Private Finance.
  • Ashoka East Africa is co-organizing the 6th Annual Africa Conference on Social Entrepreneurship (AACOSE) 2023, on 10th and 11th of May 2023 at the Tangaza University College, Nairobi - Kenya. The main theme for this year’s conference will be, “Systems Change: Transformative Social Innovations”. For more information click here.

Dina Sautter has started to work at Austrian Red Cross (AutRC) as an Institutional Funding Advisor in the Operations and International Cooperation (OIC) Resources and Support Department as of April 2023!

Dina has extensive experience with funding applications to institutional donors as she worked for the Austrian Development Agency as Programme Manager (in the department of Civil Society International and Humanitarian Aid and before for Ethiopia and the Region Africa) during the last years. Dina has a Master of Advanced International Studies (Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, University of Vienna) and a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Cultural Sciences (Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt).

We wish Dina a good start!

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