Sustainable development

We aim to achieve sustainable development that leads to transformational change and real improvements in people’s lives. In February 2016, the Government of Egypt launched its Sustainable Development Strategy: Egypt Vision 2030, which frames the government’s actions for the next 15 years and acts as its long term development strategy covering the three development dimensions; economic, social, and environmental. We help Egypt strengthen its capacity to integrate the three dimensions of development in national development plans and strategies. This includes work on the sustainable use of natural resources to improve the livelihoods of surrounding communities, especially the most vulnerable.

Our Goals

We aim to achieve equitable and inclusive development by strengthening the capabilities and opportunities of the most vulnerable and marginalized people, leaving no one behind. We promote micro, small and medium enterprises, job creation, social protection and inclusion, entrepreneurship as well as monitoring and reporting on poverty. We help the government design new policies which benefit the poorest. UNDP is also promoting an integrated approach, linking communities to their environment and ecosystem. Through our work on protected areas and biodiversity, our approach links conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources to improve the livelihoods of surrounding communities in partnership with national authorities, NGOs and the private sector, introducing basic services to those areas in order for them to become financially sustainable and first class eco-tourism destinations.More

Women in Upper Egypt learnt skills that helped them craft beautiful artifacts through the Egyptian Network for Integrated Development. more

Our Stories

Siwan women sit around a tabluter
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 mademore 

Collective work brings together volunteers to clean-up Wadi Degla protected area. UNDP/ Jose Sanchez
Preserving Egypt's protected areas starts with you

At 7:30 am on Saturday morning, people started to gather at three different locations in Cairo, determined to do one thing: take action and preserve Wadimore 

Public Works: Starting work in your own community

Egypt has experienced a sharp rise of unemployment since the 2011 political transition, reaching 13.4% in early 2014, which is one of the highest levels inmore 

Empowering Women through Handicrafts: The role of ENID in Upper Egypt

Marwa, like many girls in her poor rural village in Upper Egypt, only received a basic level of education and then she had to drop outmore 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • UNDP and its long-time partner, the Social Fund for Development (SFD), with the generous support of the Government of Japan, created urgently needed jobs for both women and men, and mostly youth aged 18 and 29 years old, in the poorest and most marginalized governorates of Egypt.more 

  • The project is a joint cooperation between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Egyptian Ministry of International Cooperation established in 2012 to promote an integrated development approach in Upper Egypt.more 

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