Ministry of Social Solidarity and UNDP sign a cooperation agreement to strengthen the institutional capacities and human resources of the Ministry

 Left to Right: Ms. Sophie de Caen; Deputy Regional Director for the Regional Bureau for Arab States, Dr. Sima Bahous, UN Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Director for Arab States, UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Anita Nirody, Minister of Social Solidarity, H.E. Ghada Waly, and H.E. Ambassador Sherif Refaat, Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Director of International Cooperation Department. UNDP/Fatma Elzahraa Yassin

(Cairo, 10 March 2016) The Ministry of Social Solidarity (MoSS), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed today Thursday 10th of March the cooperation agreement on the project entitled: “Strengthening Institutional and Human Resources Capacities of MoSS”. The new project aims to strengthen the Ministry’s capacity to better form social policies and deliver the needed social protection services to Egyptian people.

The project document was signed by Minister of Social Solidarity, H.E. Ghada Waly, UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Anita Nirody, and H.E. Ambassador Sherif Refaat, Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Director of International Cooperation Department. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Dr. Sima Bahous, UN Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Director for Arab States and attended by officials from the Ministry of Social Solidarity and UNDP.

According to the agreement, the project’s budget is USD 2 million and will be implemented over the course of three years to enhance the Ministry’s institutional capacities, integrate and coordinate social policies within the ministry and across other ministries. The project will also strengthen the existing or newly established units at the ministry and develop the capacity of their staff and social workers on social protection and pro-poor programmes. A key objective of the new project is to reform and upgrade the ministry’s capacity to provide social services for persons with disabilities.

“The time is now opportune to introduce and deepen initiatives related to social justice and the protection of the poor as this goes fully in line with the Country’s new Constitution and with the Sustainable Development strategy”. H.E. clarified, “The partnership between MoSS and UNDP has been steadily increasing the efficiency of its social protection programs and other areas institutional development. MoSS is strongly investing in its capacities and resources towards empowering young people, women and persons with disabilities that is essential to reach inclusive, equitable and sustainable development. Partnership with the private sector and civil society are indispensable to collectively reach our goal”, said Ghada Waly, Minister of Social Solidarity.

“We are very pleased to continue our successful collaboration with the Ministry of Social Solidarity. The project we are signing today will support the Ministry in delivering essential social protection services to the poor, women and persons with disabilities.” said UNDP Resident Representative Anita Nirody.

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