Publications

United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF)

The UNDAF was prepared throughout 2010, based on the ‘2010 Situation Analysis: Key Development Challenges Facing Egypt’ which remains valid to a great extent. A first draft of the UNDAF was finalized in the beginning of 2011. The revolution of 2011 led to a postponement of the signature of the UNDAF to ensure that emerging issues, opportunities and priorities were reflected in the future work of the UN in Egypt. Therefore, in 2011 and 2012, the UN in close collaboration with the Government of Egypt and its national and international development partners reviewed the draft UNDAF ensuring the integration of these priorities. The UNCT and Government have agreed on the following UNDAF priority areas:

• Poverty Alleviation through Pro-Poor Growth and Equity;

• Quality Basic Services;

• Democratic Governance;

• Food Security and Nutrition; and

• Environmental Sustainability and Natural Resource Management.

A total of 24 UNDAF outcomes indicate the specific results expected in terms of institutional performance or human behaviour for individual and social change. Gender mainstreaming, as a cross sectoral responsibility, is the overarching strategy of the UNCT for making women's and men's concerns an integral dimension of the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes in all UNDAF priority areas so that women and men benefit equally and inequality is not perpetuated. Each outcome is accompanied by a limited number of performance indicators to guide programme design and facilitate monitoring and evaluation after implementation.

World AIDS Campaign Egypt 2013 Report

Since 2004 the World AIDS Campaign (WAC) in Egypt distinguishes itself as a large scale and highly participatory campaign coordinated through a special taskforce chaired by UNAIDS Egypt country office in partnership with the Government, UN agencies, Civil Society, Youth Led Organizations and Networks. A series of diverse activities is implemented every year around World AIDS Day (December 1st) to advocate for reduction of HIV and AIDS stigma and discrimination and to raise awareness on HIV and AIDS among the general population in Egypt. The variety of activities implemented through past WAC in Egypt stretches from in the field outreach to media and social media campaigning, high profile events such as lectures and seminars, “ASMAA” movie screening premiere event, street festivals, National art competitions, exhibitions and more.

Daring to Care: Reflections on Egypt Before the Revolution and the Way Forward

Daring to Care was recently published by the Association of International Civil Servants in Egypt (AFICS). The book compiles papers written by 99 eminent thinkers, scholars and practitioners – including 20 enlightened youth - who have rigorously assessed Egypt’s situation before the revolution on a variety of fronts and are providing their vision of the way forward.

A foreword by Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former UN Secretary General and introductory reflections by Ambassador Mervat Tallawy, former UN Under Secretary General, both of whom are seasoned and patriotic Egyptian politicians, attest to the importance of flagging these contributions for consideration by policy makers and other concerned parties at such historical time of decision making.

These papers were originally published in Beyond, AFICS’ public policy quarterly supplement of Al Ahram Weekly newspaper starting from 2005 to end of 2009. Today, such papers are viewed as offering valuable contributions to the national debate concerned with shaping the new Egypt in quest of freedom, dignity and social equity.

Egypt's Situation Analysis

This Situation Analysis (SA ) aims to provide an overview of the major development challenges facing Egypt over the next five to ten years, drawing on existing documentation and a highly participatory and inclusive process.

A review of Egypt’s challenges shows that these cover many dimensions of poverty and exclusion, notably in regard to water, sanitation and housing for the poor; health, education and vocational training; social insurance for all; conditional cash transfers for the extreme poor and an expanded social safety net; and employment in urban and rural medium-sized enterprises with increased productivity and agricultural mechanization.

They also include long-standing challenges such as gender equity, political participation, transparency and public accountability, and strengthening respect for human rights. And these development challenges include a new set of issues that have surfaced in the past few years, including the effects of climate change, pandemic influenza, and high international food and fuel prices, all of which have a disproportionate impact on the poor.

The Real Wealth of Nations

The 2010 Report continues the tradition of pushing the frontiers of development thinking. For the first time since 1990, the Report looks back rigorously at the past several decades and identifies often surprising trends and patterns with important lessons for the future. These varied pathways to human development show that there is no single formula for sustainable progress—and that impressive long-term gains can and have been achieved even without consistent economic growth.

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