The Egypt Network for Integrated Development

What is the project about?

An instructor explaining to a group of women how to start their own businessesA girl working on potteryat the governorate of Qena. Fatma Elzahraa Yassin/UNDP Egypt

The project is a joint cooperation between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Egyptian Ministry of International Cooperation established in 2012 to promote an integrated development approach in Upper Egypt. It aims to develop a replicable approach to local economic development and address rural-urban disparities in poverty and economic opportunity.

Its primary objective is to enhance the well-being of the people of Upper Egypt, by implementing an integrated approach in income generation, food security, improved basic services combined with activities in knowledge management and networking for local economic development.

What have we accomplished so far?

  • In manufacturing, Egypt Network for Integrated Development (ENID) has implemented the One-Village-One-Product model in 22 villages in Qena and neighboring governorates of Sohag and Luxor to promote handicraft and cottage industry development, upgraded the technical, vocational education and training (TVET) programmes and supported the industrial cluster development in Upper Egypt.
  • In agriculture, ENID has introduced sustainable agricultural practices in Upper Egypt including crop residue recycling, community milk processing and backyard poultry rising. It has also facilitated the changes in farming practices by organising farmers field schools (FFS) where farmers actively participate in the capacity building process and identify local solutions for local challenges.
  • In basic services, the project is providing innovative joint literacy and sewing classes, has opened kindergartens, provided health services and upgraded the operations and curriculum of youth centres in Qena.
  • In 2015, 2006 tons of agricultural residues were recycled producing 2809 tons of compost, 132 tons of non-traditional feed, and 363 tons of silage.
  • ENID links its field projects with the policies and programmes at the national level through its policy and advocacy programmes. To date, ENID has produced over 25 policy briefs and 15 case studies in its various sectors.

Who finances this project?



Government of Italy

Government of Egypt (OUDA)

Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Sawiris Foundation for Social Development

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)

UK Department for International Development (DFID)

UN Women

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

What is the Project Budget?

$4,708,209 (2015)

Delivery in previous fiscal year

$1,069,307