The Egypt Network for Integrated Development (ENID)

What is the project about?

An instructor explaining to a group of women how to start their own businesses
UNDP 2014

The project aims to develop and design effective strategies that address obstacles to vital social and economic development challenges. Its aim is to create a viable process for the identification of problem areas and for the dissemination of solutions to selected national problems in an integrated process. The work of ENID is embedded in UNDP’s Local Economic Development (LED) approach which aims to activate the role of local authorities as critical players in the process of LED promotion. The project covers five major domains, each of which has the potential to impact significantly on poverty reduction. These five domains are: (i) the economic empowerment of women and youth; (ii) promoting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs); (iii) agricultural productivity and off-farm employment; (iv) upgrading basic services in rural Upper Egypt; and (v) administrative and fiscal decentralization.

What have we accomplished so far?

  • ENID was launched in Qena in May 2012, focusing on youth and women’s socio-economic empowerment, particularly on job creation, vocational training and literacy.
  • Enhanced Economic Performances: ENID has carried out various vocational training and created jobs through promoting small-scale manufacturing and agricultural projects in 21 villages in Qena. It has established a programme of apprenticeship, design and marketing to support local artisans. ENID has also adapted the “one product one village” model to support the production of a different craft for 8 villages. Seven new product lines including painting, patchwork, beads and glass casting were introduced. Along this line, It organized a mission to India for 10 Egyptian artisans to enhance their skills and promote their work globally. Furthermore, it has carried out training in various employment skills including agriculture, fish farming and handicraft for some 240 people as well as training for 89 governmental and NGO staff on data collection, participatory programming and sustainable agriculture. 
  • Enhanced Socio-Cultural Wellbeing: ENID has opened two youth centres in Kom Belal village of Naqada district and El Qara village of Abu Tesht district, and training courses were carried out to enhance the managerial and soft skills of the centres’ staff. Beyond youth, ENID has focused on enhancing social services to vulnerable groups in Qena. It has opened a preschool in Abbassa village and a mobile health unit for four villages of Qous. Moreover, ENID has established two combined girls education and vocational training units in El Rezka and Abu Tesht and trained 30 teachers on women’s literacy education.
  • Enhanced Pro-Poor Policy and Knowledge Sharing: ENID has actively researched and advocated to promote best practices and shape policies on rural integrated development in Egypt.  ENID has published 13 policy briefs and 9 case studies on various rural development topics including entrepreneurship, farming, water and TVET. These publications have been hosted on the new ENID website and helps link issues identified in the rural areas to the national research and government policymaking process. ENID has significantly increased the dissemination of its work in 2013 through both traditional and new media. Its website ( has become the information hub for introducing and advocating ENID activities.
  • ENID Annual Conference (Dec 2013): The first annual conference was a highlight for ENID’s activities in 2013. Held in Cairo on the 14 December 2013, the conference provided an in-depth review on ENID’s activities and progress in 2013 for some 250 guests. It also hosted focused discussions to identify potential expansion of ENID activities in the future. Seven relevant ministers were in attendance along with notable representatives from international organizations, major donor organizations, embassies, businesses, and local bodies who participate directly in ENID’s various activities, including 55 participants who came especially from Qena to attend, including beneficiaries, NGOs that ENID works with on the ground, and local government representatives.

Who finances this project?

UK Department for International Development (DFID)

Rockefeller Brothers Foundation

Sawiris Foundation for Social Development

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)



Delivery in previous fiscal year


US$ 1,023,048

Project Overview
Project Start Date
Estimated End Date
Geographic Coverage
Focus Area
Poverty Reduction
Project Officer
Nahla Zeitoun
Ministry of International Cooperation