Egypt experienced a dramatic social, economic and political upheaval during 2011. Despite some positive changes in this time, the turmoil resulted in increased poverty and unemployment, affecting people across the country.
Food insecurity and malnutrition are increasing, with a quarter of the population now living in poverty, and more communities becoming vulnerable as food prices continue to soar. Unemployment is also rising, and those aged under 30 are particularly affected.
Our long-term development programmes are focused on equipping people to claim their rights – be that fishing communities along the Nile, quarry workers in Minia, or women in communities where female genital mutilation is still practised.
Alongside this practical advice and guidance, our partners also help people to access new, resilient livelihoods and opportunities by providing vocational training, microcredit schemes and loans.
In addition to our ongoing development work, along with two of our partners in Egypt, we have also engaged in emergency response work. Our innovative cash-for-work schemes have brought together communities to rebuild essential services that had been damaged or destroyed in the uprising (such as healthcare centres, schools and irrigation channels).
As well as providing much needed income for families, these schemes also helped communities to join together and build a sense of pride, belonging and understanding. You can read more about our emergency response work here.