Facilitating innovation at the Assosa sub-country office

Facilitating innovation at the Assosa sub-country office

As an Assistant Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Officer, I am constantly reminded of the unmet needs of the refugee population. I work in UNHCR’s Assosa sub-country office in Ethiopia, where I’m responsible for developing strategies for water systems, waste...
Redesigning refugee communities

Redesigning refugee communities

Rethinking the way refugee communities are laid out. Anicet Adjahossou’s dream job was to work in the humanitarian sector. Yet when he was finally hired by ICRC as a volunteer in 2008 to help build a refugee camp in Burundi, the experience was underwhelming. Having...
Innovation Fellow Profile: David Githiri Njoroge

Innovation Fellow Profile: David Githiri Njoroge

David Githiri Njoroge WASH Officer Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia I am addressing the challenge of how we can improve the efficiency of biogas cookstoves so that refugees can cook diverse foods. From a pilot biogas project undertaken in Bambasi camp in 2014,...
How I began manufacturing solar lights for my community

How I began manufacturing solar lights for my community

My name is Abdullahi Mohomed Adow. I’m a 33-year-old refugee from Somalia, currently living with my family (my wife and our eight children, and my mother) in Dollo Ado, Ethiopia. We arrived here in 2009, after the situation in Somalia became too dangerous for us to...
How to plan a prototype project: 4 lessons learned

How to plan a prototype project: 4 lessons learned

Refugees have reported that, thanks to solar streetlights in the refugee camps around Dollo Ado, Ethiopia, there’s now more freedom of movement in and around the camps. Security has increased and people can go to the market, read, or study at night – activities that...
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