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  • Agricultural Programme Helps Farmers Increase ProfitsAgricultural Programme Helps Farmers Increase Profits“Egyptian farmers are used to planting the same crops year after year, often with diminishing revenues and big losses,” says Eid Emam, founder and head of Hussein Namie farmers’ association at al Zaytouna village in Beni Sweif Governorate.

  • Creating Jobs for Youth Creating Jobs for YouthYouth unemployment continues to be a severe problem in Egypt, which has been exacerbated since the January 2011 revolution.

  • Empowering Women through Handicrafts: The role of ENID in Upper EgyptEmpowering Women through Handicrafts: The role of ENID in Upper EgyptMarwa, like many girls in her poor rural village in Upper Egypt, only received a basic level of education and then she had to drop out of school.

  • Empowering Young Women in Upper Egypt: ENID’s work in QenaEmpowering Young Women in Upper Egypt: ENID’s work in QenaSaaeda 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.

  • ICTNorthSinaiICTNorthSinaiSince 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.

  • In Siwa, Adapted Technologies Improve Women's LivesIn Siwa, Adapted Technologies Improve Women's LivesLike many girls growing up in Siwa, the largest oasis in Egypt’s western desert, Fatma was deprived of an education due to her family’s poverty and a community tradition biased against girls’ education.

  • Innovative Public Works Programmes – Creating jobs for young men and womenInnovative Public Works Programmes – Creating jobs for young men and womenHistorically high, unemployment levels, especially among Egypt’s youth and women, have been on the rise even prior to the January 2011 Revolution that delivered a severe shock to the Egyptian economy.

  • Leaving no one behind in Egypt: Celebrating the International Day for the Eradication of PovertyLeaving no one behind in Egypt: Celebrating the International Day for the Eradication of PovertyPoverty in Egypt has been rising throughout the past two decades. The poverty rate which was 16.7% in 1996 has gradually increased to reach 26.3% in 2012/2013.

  • Microsoft and UNDP put the lights on youth in Egypt with local employability initiative to create future business leadersMicrosoft and UNDP put the lights on youth in Egypt with local employability initiative to create future business leadersdream was to help other youth find their path,” said Ashraf Abou Zeid, Masr Ta3mal (Masr Works) trainer in Aswan Youth Center.

  • No more black clouds: Sustainable farming in Upper EgyptNo more black clouds: Sustainable farming in Upper EgyptBurning agricultural waste has been found to be one of the main causes of this harmful pollution. Many farmers have been burning leftover straws for ages, not knowing the proper ways to dispose and/or recycle them and believing that it is actually beneficial to burn them for farming.

  • Pomegranate BoomPomegranate BoomAl Badary is a village in the heart of Assiut governorate in Upper Egypt. The small village made it to the news headlines in the past when the raging fire of vengeance between competing tribes spread wreaking havoc in the area.

  • Public Works: Starting work in your own community Public Works: Starting work in your own communityEgypt has experienced a sharp rise of unemployment since the 2011 political transition, reaching 13.4% in early 2014, which is one of the highest levels in the past ten years, from an average of 8.9% in 2010.

  • Salasel: A Chain of Great ValueSalasel: A Chain of Great ValueRural Upper Egyptians are the poorest in the country. While Upper Egypt represents 25% of the population, its share of the extreme poor is around 66%, with 95% of the poorest villages.