President Abdel fattah El Sisi witnessed on Monday 9/01/2023 the opening of the first conference of the National Alliance for Civil Development Work (NACDW).
President El Sisi was welcomed upon arrival by Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli and a number of top state officials.Prime.
The alliance plays a pivotal role in the state’s development process and supports social protection networks mechanisms.
The alliance is integrating its work with the efforts being exerted by the State and the private sector to realize social development and upgrade services.
The alliance was launched in March 2022 with the participation of members of key development and civil work associations in Egypt to serve social development work.
The first conference of the National Alliance for Civil Development Work (NACDW) started with screening a documentary film on the alliance’s efforts in 2022.
The film highlighted the key role played by the civil community in realizing development, building the human being and improving the living conditions.
The film also included a speech by late Dr Anisa Hassouna on the importance of the civil community’s efforts.
The film highlighted that the alliance – which groups more than 30 civil society organizations – gives priority to support the health sector, referring to health and food convoys in various governorates.
The film said the alliance extended monthly pensions for more than 600,000 families., highlighting that it is planning to exert more efforts during 2023 to reach more beneficiaries.
Addressing the conference, NACDW’s board of trustees secretary Noha Talaat said President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has offered a golden chance for the civil community in Egypt when he announced 2022 as the year of civil community.
She said Sisi’s announcement encouraged several key development entities to join the alliance to mobilize efforts.
She said the alliance managed to help about 30 million people, noting that it has a database of most needy people.
For his part, CEO of Food Bank Mohsen Sarhan said 2022 was a remarkable year in the history of civil work in Egypt, highlighting the efforts exerted by thousands of societies and volunteers nationwide.
The NACDW reviewed a number of its projects that helped provide many people with a source of income.
Meanwhile, Reda Ragab from Beni Suef said she benefited from rehabilitation and training programs as she started her project with renting one feddan to plant potato in tandem with other women and expanded the project to 2.5 feddans.
The training program benefited female farmers in rationalizing consumption of fertilizers and water and, hence, cutting expenses, she said.
Another woman in Giza called Dalia Hosseini expounded how the alliance helped her to learn carpet spinning and selling her products in fairs.
A number of youths have also expounded how the alliance helped them to have their own projects.
NACDW Medical Adviser Hala Salah said this is the first time for higher education institutions and civil community societies to convene to jointly support the health sector under the umbrella of the NACDW.
The state has allocated one third of its budget to develop health services, she said.
She noted that the alliance has cooperated with many institutions, hospitals, pharmacies, labs and research entities to offer services to about 5 million people at EGP 4.9 billion.
She added that President Sisi has underlined in his directives the importance of helping patients and improving health indices.
Speaking at the first conference of NACDW, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi extended thanks to NACDW, terming it as a model to be followed by a large number of Egyptians who are working hard to activate the economic empowerment initiatives.
The president underscored the key role played by charitable associations which offer help in various domains, hailing the fruits of the great efforts exerted by the NACDW.
The president said civil society organizations play a role that the government cannot play alone.
He underlined the important role played by the National Alliance for Civil Development Work (NACDW) in extending help to the society’s categories in fields the government alone cannot fulfill, praising the coordinated and sustained work of the alliance and its fruitful outcome.
He said there are about 50,000 civil society organizations in Egypt, many of them are under the NACDW umbrella.
He called on NACDW and other civil society organizations to intensify their efforts during 2023 in light of the current world economic crisis which started in 2022 and will have further impact on the current year.
He underlined that NACDW has announced a package of EGP 14 billion to the charity work, calling on “Tahya Misr” fund to contribute to raising this fund and asked the government to exert more efforts in this regard.
The president urged more entities to join the alliance to offer more services in the economic, health, and other domains.
President El Sisi said: “Frankly speaking, the civil society organizations play a role that the government alone could never accomplish with the same efficiency,” adding that there is a need for further expanding the NACDW to include other entities.
He said the donations of EGP 10 billion should be increased, noting that 2022 was declared as a year for civil society and the current year needs more efforts to overcome the impact of the economic crisis.
El Sisi went on to say that NACDW has announced a fund of EGP 14 billion, calling on all parties to contribute to increasing its capital. The president called on the government, Tahya Misr Fund and other special fund to donate for NACDW’s fund for charity work.
The president asserted that he has been continuously contacting the civil society entities to be briefed on their work and their ideas that he admired a lot.
El Sisi addressed a woman, one of the beneficiaries of the NACDW for economic empowerment, terming her as a role model for running a farm alone.