Employment Creation in Poorest Governorates

May 1, 2013

In partnership with the Social Fund for Development and with the support of the Government of Japan, UN Development Programme has been implementing an employment creation project across six of the poorest governorates in Egypt.

The project responds to the urgent need to create jobs, especially among youth in rural areas. UNDP partnered with the Governorate of Fayoum and the Ministry of Local Development to launch the construction work of a potable water network, creating short-term job opportunities for 17,684 persons per day.

Fayoum’s Zawyet El Kardassa village alone has 2 km of potable water network currently under construction, creating job opportunities for 780 people every day and benefitting around 7,000 people in the area who will have access to clean water once it the network is complete.

Badawy Abdelsattar is a 29-year-old father of two who used to work in construction but has recently been finding it difficult to find short-term work. Abdelsattar is happy he has been offered this opportunity that will help him support his family.

In Fayoum governorate, a total of 39.65 km of potable water network in 21 villages will be installed or rehabilitated by July2013. This project aims at not only creating jobs, but also institutionalizing a local economic development process to assist local administrations in identifying local needs and responding to them swiftly.

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