The Egypt Network for Integrated Development (ENID/El Nidaa) is a ten-year initiative that was established in April 2012 as a project of UNDP under the umbrella of the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation. Its purpose is to develop viable and sustainable employment opportunities in Upper Egypt with a set of four programmes: Upgrading Basic Services, Promoting Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises (MSMEs) and Entrepreneurship; Sustainable Agricultural Development Programme; and Knowledge Dissemination and Policy Advocacy. ENID/El Nidaa works mainly in Egypt’s third poorest governorate, namely Qena, where the poverty rate reaches 52%, as well as Sohag and Luxor, with a goal of replicating the approach across rural communities to address rural-urban disparities in poverty and economic opportunity.
Over the past seven years, ENID/El Nidaa has been piloting innovative interventions in the most marginalized communities in Upper Egypt, creating jobs and livelihood for local youth. It was created to become an ultimate Knowledge Hub for job creation in Rural Upper Egypt by tapping on the expertise of scientists in Egypt and best practice models in the developing world. ENID/El Nidaa is consolidating its knowledge on best practices for around 50 different activities in 60 different rural locations in collaboration with over 70 local NGOs and CDAs.
ENID/ El Nidaa’s long-term objective is to contribute to the socio-economic empowerment of disadvantaged women and youth in rural Upper Egypt through skills formation for employability and jobs creation including:
- Provides Feasibility studies and technical assistance for scaling up 50 viable and sustainable business projects that are employment intensive as well as income generating in Agriculture, MSMEs and Services.
- Acts on behalf of young entrepreneurs and production cooperatives to identify markets at home and abroad and operate a “Fair Trade” website and e-shop.
- Produces policy briefs and case studies to document its unique experience to encourage policy makers and MSMEs to scale up in rural Egypt.