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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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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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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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Microsoft and UNDP put the lights on youth in Egypt with local employability initiative to create future business leaders

My dream was to help other youth find their path,” said Ashraf Abou Zeid, Masr Ta3mal (Masr Works) trainer in Aswan Youth Center. Ashraf, like hundreds of youth, was recruited by the Ministry of Youth, trained by Microsoft Egypt on the Career Coaching curricula, and became Masr Ta3mal Career trainermore

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Pomegranate Boom

Profits from enhanced agricultural practices renew small farmers’ hopes for prosperity Al 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 havomore

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Innovative Public Works Programmes – Creating jobs for young men and women

Historically 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. Youth unemployment tops the concerns of society and government in Egypt as the country grapples witmore

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Salasel: A Chain of Great Value

Rural 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. Following land reform policies in the sixties, 90% of the agricultural land in Awlad Yahia village in Sohag governomore

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Agricultural 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. “When they incur losses, farmers usually blame it on fate.” more

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In Siwa, Adapted Technologies Improve Women's Lives

By Marwa Elnokrashy and Karim Ezzeldin Fatma Ibrahim, a poor mother of six, has been illiterate all her life. As a child, her hardworking parents made simple handicrafts and sold them to make ends meet. Like many girls growing up in Siwa, the largest oasis in Egypt’s western desert, Ibrahim was deprmore

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