The Social Contract Advisory, Monitoring and Coordination Centre

What is the project about?

SCC
UNDP 2013

The purpose of this project is to establish a Social Contract Advisory, Monitoring and Coordination Center within the Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) at the Prime Minister’s Office. The Social Contract Center works closely with other IDSC units to provide policy advice and policy options, monitor the implementation of the MDGs-based poverty action plan --as proposed in the 2005 Egypt Human Development Report (EHDR) and adopted by the government as the national development plan, as well as coordinate with various stakeholders to define, develop and articulate a vision for a new social contract and a paradigm shift in state-citizen relationship, in Egypt, rooted in principles of democratic governance and modern concepts of citizenship. The Center works closely with line ministries, governorates, private sector and CSOs and IDSC reports on its work to the Cabinet of the Prime Minister. The main objectives of the center are: 1) to build national consensus on the concept, vision and development elements of social contract; 2) to monitor and disseminate information and assessments of progress towards the MDG Action Plan; 3) to help the government ministries in developing policy options to ensure/maintain solid track record towards achieving the MDGs and poverty reduction; 4) make its resources available for capacity building purposes to  the various development partners, at central and local levels, and stakeholders in implementing the various components of the MDGs action plan and monitoring the implementation of the social contract; 5) to support the harmonization and formulation of alternative policies.

The current phase focuses on supporting anti-corruption efforts, in addition to working through the Equitable Development Observatory in promoting social justice and equitable social policies and advocating for a social protection floor to help strengthen poverty fighting mechanisms, in addition to enhancing social accountability through capacity building and evidence based research.

What have we accomplished so far?

  • The center produced and published a number of publications on economic and social councils; increasing access to markets; obstacles to basic services and household strategies to manage risks and cope with existing poverty; and equity in basic education. In addition, the center developed policy papers on the role of fiscal policy and the protection of the poor from economic shocks.
  • The Center launched the Social Responsibility Map which aims to provide information on the prevalence of poverty, its nature and its magnitude, to facilitate stakeholder engagement in integrated development efforts by facilitating decisions by stakeholders on where and how to contribute to poverty reduction and community development efforts.
  • In 2011, the Center up-scaled its work on anti-corruption by working on stimulating an extensive dialogue on corruption issues with a special focus on three pilot sectors: education, health and water and sanitation for which anti-corruption assessments were completed, and by contributing to the implementation of the recommendations reached during the dialogue process. The platform for dialogue offered by the project is based on extensive research and evidence-based assessments to the level and reasons behind corruption in Egypt. 
  • The center also produced a number of publications and policy briefs on corruption: its causes, perceptions of citizens, the institutional and legal framework to fight corruption, Egypt's Obligations according to United Nations Convention Against Corruption
  • A Mass Media Campaign was launched to raise public awareness  on the constitution drafting process
  • Ongoing cooperation with UNDP’s International Poverty Center (IPC) in Brazil, to build SCC’s capacity in the area of social protection.
  • As part of its youth related activities, the Social Contract Center (SCC) developed a capacity-building programme targeting public university students across Egypt, which primarily aims to develop their basic life skills and promote their active engagement in the development of their local communities. During the past four years, 12 cycles have been implemented in 10 public universities (Cairo, Alexandria, Zagazig, Damanhour, Kafr El Sheikh, Fayoum, Menya, Sohag, Assiut, and Ganoub El Wadi (Qena)), reaching over 2,500 students (approx. 60% females).
  • The Center also has in place a model for the economic empowerment of marginalized young people residing in Egypt's poorest villages, with the aim of re-integrating them in the community both economically and socially. A number of toolkits have been developed, focusing on building their personal, employability, and entrepreneurship capacities. The programme design and toolkits have been pilot tested in rural Sharkeya and new cycles are currently being implemented in Qena in partnership with the Egypt Network for Integrated Development (ENID) Project.

Who finances this project?



Government of Egypt

Egyptian-Italian Debt Swap Programme

Government of Japan

UNDP

Delivery in previous fiscal year

US$ 1,625,631

Project Overview
Status:
Ongoing
Project start date:
2007
Estimated end date:
2014
Geographic coverage:
Egypt
Focus area:
Poverty Reduction
Project Officer:
Nahla Zeitoun
Partner(s):
Information and Decision Support Centre (IDSC)