ENID/El Nidaa Third Annual Conference Focusing on Rural Women in Upper Egypt

Feb 13, 2016

Ms. Anita Nirody; UNDP Resident Representative at the ENID/El Nidaa Third Annual Conference to Focus on Rural Women in Upper Egypt. UNDP/Nahed Salama

A  Conference on ‘The Role of Women in Sustainable Rural Development’ was hosted by the Egypt Network for Integrated Development (ENID/”EL Nidaa”) as its Third Annual Conference. The conference reviewed the progress ENID has made and discussed innovative solutions and partnerships to empower women and achieve sustainable development in Upper Egypt. 

Heba Handoussa, Managing Director of ENID/”El Nidaa” commented on its activities: "ENID’s mandate is to be a continuous source of inspiration to policymakers, local officials and NGOs in Upper Egypt, in implementing and demonstrating model rural interventions that are empowering and economically viable and profitable.  It has now also created the El Nidaa Foundation in January in 2016 to explore means to help develop a national model for sustainable rural development."

Anita Nirody, UNDP Resident Representative  asserted: “ENID/”El Nidaa” demonstrates the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in action - an integrated approach to local development, helping poor women and men through skills, jobs and basic services thus contributing to their well-being. This project is at the heart of UNDP’s effort to achieve sustainable development in Upper Egypt.”

Participants of the conference had the chance to visit some of the villages in Qena governorate to observe ENID/”El Nidaa’s” work in applying and linking integrated social and economic interventions on the ground.

ENID/”El Nidaa” works together with local associations, universities, research institutes and government offices to promote handicraft and other skills for income-generation, effective farming methods and better public services. Successful national and international examples are used to effectively enhance the social status and equity of women so that both the social and economic status of the whole family would improve.

ENID/”El Nidaa” is a flagship project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), implemented with the Ministry of international Cooperation. Now in its third year of activity, its interventions have benefited 35 villages in Qena Governorate providing skills and/or services to 4,441 young men and women beneficiaries of which 2039 beneficiaries were poor women and creating 1,457 job opportunities of which 689 jobs were created for poor women.

ENID/”El Nidaa” is implemented through generous contributions from the UK Department for International Development, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sawiris Foundation for Social Development, Cooperazione Italiana, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, UN Women, Coca Cola Foundation and the Government of Egypt.

To know more about ENID/”EL Nidaa” visit:

ENID/”El Nidaa” Website: http://www.enid.org.eg

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