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Dear Chioma Ume and Experts!

Thank you for your insightful comments! We've taken some time to rethink our approach and idea given your questions and have refined our idea in the proposal above.


From our interviews with community members it became evident that the wider climate resilience question and specific water challenge are tightly related to their financial resilience. While issues around water were certainly acknowledged, we learned to recognise that they view it as an outcome of poverty, not as an unrelated challenge. As such, we attempted to integrate our approach even more, making the development of social enterprise and increase of purchasing power a core element in any endeavour to tackle the water crisis. We hope that you can find this reflected in our proposal.


We look forward to hearing back from the OpenIDEO team and to begin iterating on the ground in Mogadishu in the new year!


Best, Sagal, Mohamed, and Neysan

Dear Chioma Ume  and fellow experts!

Thank you for your challenging questions. Your questions concerned primarily our insight into the experiences and contexts of beneficiaries. The collaboration between Candlelight, which has two decades of deep experience of working with communities across Somaliland, and Mensch with expertise of community-driven innovation and facilitation across four continents allows us to leverage significant learning while also having sensitized our teams to the complexities and nuances that experiences and contexts bring with them.

We have used the opportunity of the impact phase to respond to your questions by refining our project idea further and thus have integrated our answers to you in the proposed idea above.  

Look forward to the next phase! Best, Neysan

Have you been able to explore what impact the bus can have in a (probably) brief time it is in a given community and how it would follow up? Does the bus return after a number of months? What does the community require when the bus leaves? Is it enough to give them a space or could that just fall apart?