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Cleaner is Better

Local producers find a lucrative business opportunity in cleaner charcoal production with carbon credits The “black cloud” is the vernacular term that Egyptians have coined to refer to a recurring problem of air pollution. One significant contributor to air pollution in Egypt is the charcoal industrmore

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Public Works Documentary: Creating Jobs for Youth

Youth unemployment continues to be a severe problem in Egypt, which has been exacerbated since the January 2011 revolution. With the national unemployment rate at 13.4%, youth (i.e. 15-29 years old) bear a disproportionate share of Egypt’s jobless rate constituting 70.8% of the unemployed. In respmore

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Egyptian Women Find a Creative Solution to the Challenging Energy Problem

Finding cost-effective, renewable and sustainable alternative energy sources, beside the main available resources in Egypt; oil, natural gas and hydropower― has always been deemed as a failure and unmaintainable. Although, several projects were launched at some point of time with the aim of generatimore

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Empowering Young Women in Upper Egypt: ENID’s work in Qena

Saaeda Atta Ahmed thought her destiny was set in stone as a young women living in a poor rural village of Upper Egypt. But with education and training provided by UNDP, she now envisions a different future. Saaeda, like so many others, had to drop out from school, since education is still consideredmore

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Mothers in Upper Egypt say “No to Female Genital Mutilation”

March marks the celebration of Egyptian Mother’s Day and the International Women’s Day.  This year, in the governorate of Aswan, we have also honored 100 mothers and families that have abandoned the practice of FGM and become powerful advocates against this harmful practice that goes against thmore

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From Victims to Activists

Mines and explosive remnants of war contaminate a huge portion of Egypt’s Western Desert, affecting an area of about 2,680 square kilometres stretching from Alexandria to the Libyan border and 30 kilometres deep from the Mediterranean coastline. Only a small portion of mined areas are mapped or markmore

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Governance Assessments Give Citizens a Voice

Despite relatively limited resources, authorities in Egypt have recurrently allocated significant portions of state budget to local service delivery projects. This spending however did not always correspond to priority community needs or equitable service coverage. When citizens do not have opportunmore

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North Sinai's Bedouin Handicrafts go Global through Small Businesses

Since 2006, Yosra El Sayed, a 25-year-old mother of a two, had been struggling for the survival of her small Bedouin handicraft shop, which competes against the big bazaars of Beer El Abed in Northwest Sinai. Yosra has an innate talent that yields high quality products, but without the adequate manamore

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Inspiring Social Change: Towards Active Participation

The Social Contract Centre (SCC) has frequently been asked what inspires social change in Egypt after the 25th of January Revolution. What has impact on policy making? What really motivates us to do social good? The answer has always been: active participation.   Egyptian youth sparked the SCC’more

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Landmine victims or agents of change: The story of an empowered woman

After her husband’s landmine accident 20 years ago, Haja Najia’s life changed dramatically. At the age of 56, Haja Najia is the main bread winner of a 10-person family. The family lives a few kilometers away from the city center of Matrouh governorate, near the North West coast. In Matrouh, it is ramore