Strategische Partnerschaft ÖRK - Skybird II - 12/2023-11/2028

Contract partner: ÖRK - Österreichisches Rotes Kreuz Country: Ostafrika, regional/multi-country Funding amount: € 3.200.000,00 Project start: 01.12.2023 End: 30.11.2028

Short Description:

Overall goal

The programme aims to contribute to increased gender equality in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) sector in Uganda, Ethiopia and Rwanda - using gender-transformative and women empowerment approaches at community and institutional level.

Expected results

1) Institutional capacities of Red Cross National Societies in Protection, Gender and Inclusion (PGI) further strengthened on Head Quarter and branch level;

2) Improved gender responsiveness in WASH and EMS interventions by Red Cross National Societies;

3) Increased participation in decision making and leadership of women in WASH, health and climate-smart livelihood sectors at local level;

4) Enhanced women and girls' socio-economic resilience and well-being through innovative WASH, health and livelihood sub-grants.

Target group / Beneficiaries

Total direct beneficiaries (without double-counting): around 80 -100,000 people (at least 70% women and girls);

Staff and volunteers reached through PGI trainings and awareness raising measures (in total 1,592 people; 583 f/ 1,009m);

Trained EMS and WASH staff and volunteers (in total 150 people; 50f /100m);

Community members reached through women leadership approach, grants and WASH and EMS services (in total 106,125 people; 85,360f /20,765m).


Conduct and implement PGI Organisational Assessments & Action Plans; Conduct PGI trainings (including focusing on WASH and EMS); Develop and implement a Community Women Leadership Approach; Raise awareness on PGI at institutional and community level; Partner with university and women (rights) organizations and research and ex-change in PGI; Implement sub-grant projects by Red Cross Branches to innovate and scale successful community initiatives in Ethiopia, Uganda and Rwanda.


The Skybird II programme builds on the changes achieved and the impact of Skybird I and will most of all deepen the dimension of gender equality, women empowerment and inclusion on institutional, operational, technical and community level in the three National Societies and countries targeted. Sub-Saharan Africa continues to grapple with inadequate access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene services. When safe drinking water is not available on household premises, the burden of water collection and treatment falls largely on the shoulders of women and girls. EMS are indispensable in addressing the specific health needs and vulnerabilities of women and girls in Ethiopia. By providing timely and specialized care, EMS helps save lives, reduce maternal mortality, and contribute to overall improvements in women's health and well-being.

ADC co-financing rate: 80%

project number 1980-06/2023
source of funding OEZA
sector Wasserversorgung und sanitäre Einrichtungen
modality Project-type interventions
marker Environment: 1, Climate change adaptation: 1, Gender: 2, Reproductive health: 1, Democracy: 1, Poverty: 1
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
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  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.