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  • Strengthening the resilience of host communities of Syrian refugees

    Since the onset of the Syrian crisis, Egypt has been a destination for refugees with nearly half a million Syrians currently living in the country, out of which approximately 120,000 are registered with UNHCR.

  • Getting to the heart of Communities

    As the sun appeared over the horizon, a group from the Enterprise development Agency (Mashareea Masr) Development Agency and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) headed to Alexandria governorate for a one day trip, visiting the host communities of Syrian Refugees.

  • Hamada Hassan, a farmer in Fayoum governorate in Upper Egypt. Like many farmers in Upper Egypt, they still use outdated agricultural practices and rely on expensive sources of energy which hinder rural development and negatively impact the environment, a key influencer in their lives.

  • In Siwa, Adapted Technologies Improve Women's Lives

    Like 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Pomegranate Boom

    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 havoc in the area.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Creating Jobs for Youth

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

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