UNDP announced the launch of a new joint five-year project in partnership with the Ministry of International Cooperation and Egypt’s Network for Integrated Development (ENID). The partnership with the Ministry of International Cooperation entails ENID’s comprehensive area-based integrated development initiative to address the key challenges faced by women and youth in the rural communities of Upper Egypt.

Aligning with the presidential Decent Life initiative, this strategic partnership with the Ministry of International Cooperation and the Ministry of Social Solidarity in bringing about positive change, innovation, and sustainable transformation in Egypt’s most vulnerable communities. This initiative has had a specific focus on poverty reduction and employment generation.

In line with the Egypt 2030 vision and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “ Hayat Kareema”, ENID is committed to ensuring decent lives for poor families, supporting the youth and women to be more integrated into the labor market, and investing in human capital to propel economic growth.

By this time, ENID has successfully trained 21,000 and created 4,000 job opportunities, of which 75% were taken up by women in manufacturing, agriculture, and other services in Egypt’s six neediest governorates of Qena and also in some areas in Luxor and Sohag.

ENID has also managed to reach international markets and is currently displaying its products in the British Museum in London and the Louvre in Paris. ENID has also participated in two China International Import Expos to enable ENID to reach other markets such as Europe, the USA, and Asia.

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