The Social Contract Advisory, Monitoring and Coordination Centre

What is the project about?

SCCWomen gathered in one of Egypt's rural areas. Photo by UNDP Egypt

We worked 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 Millennium Development Goals-based poverty action plan.

This was 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.

What have we accomplished so far?

  • 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.
  • As part of its youth related activities, the Center 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.Twelve 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% women).
  • The Center 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.
  • 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.

Who finances this project?

Government of Egypt

Egyptian-Italian Debt Swap Programme

Government of Japan

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

What is the Project Budget?


Delivery in previous fiscal year

$1,245,619.95 (2014)

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