Wednesday, 29 November 2017 08:00

After June 30th 2013 revolution, Egypt started formulating new era of public policies that became more sustainable development oriented. Therefore, it became too much essential to have an evidence-based spatial information system to support the public policies formulation, investment potentials, entrepreneurship, and other development activities. CAPMAS, as any national statistical office, has the national responsibility to produce the system of official statistics, which was considered the core seed of start constructing the desired system based on the national statistical flow that is already running in an almost systematic way. Thence, CAPMAS carried the responsibilities of analyzing the various stakeholder’s needs, then, the execution and incubation of the first Egyptian geospatial information portal.

In 2015, CAPMAS approached WFP to receive the technical support in designing the desired system, and to overview the international experience as well as the best practices. Through exploring various possible technologies and solutions, they approved the use of ESRI technology, then the analyze and design phase was started to illustrate the main and detailed lines of the desired system, taking-into-consideration the both national and international development agendas, Egypt-2030 and SDGs. The first phase was launched November 2015, in a key-event under the auspices of H.E. Minister of Planning, and notable attendance from various society elites. One of the main believes that was applied since the first phase is the concept of open data, with an attention to the privacy according to the international data dissemination standards.

The Egy-GeoInfo is used to disseminate the various statistics and information, which are related to the national official statistical system, to all beneficiaries starting from the high-level decision makers and ending with the normal Egyptian citizens who are keen to know the most updated statistics. Therefore, Egy-GeoInfo (http://www.geoportal.capmas.gov.eg/) is typically the first Egyptian Geospatial gate to provide access to a huge set of multi-sectorial information based on geospatial techniques.

The conclusion that the ultimate goal of using the geospatial platform is to strengthen the capacity of the government of Egypt to monitor and respond to different types of risks, including food security and vulnerability risks, and to ensure that informed policy interventions are in place through providing a wide set of statistics, including key performance indicators for public services and facilities and macro-economic performance and social justice. Therefore, Egyptian government, NGOs, private sectors, parliaments …etc could use the published geo-analytics to monitor the national Egypt-2030 vision, as well as the global SDGs agenda.

In September 30th 2017, CAPMAS announced the results of the first e-census, which achieved in 2017 to survey the population, housings and establishments. In this event, CAPMAS announced that the second generation of Egy-GeoInfo, which will take-place early of 2018, will include the full census 2017 results.

As a result of collaborative efforts, Egy-GeoInfo is able to provide the following services:

  1. A one-stop shop portal, which packages Egypt statistical data with an easy to use web GIS application.
  2. A centralized Geospatial repository, which hosts the data from different databases accomplishing the national system of official statistics.
  3. Enhance the collaboration with various government agencies on a national level using the Geoportal capabilities.

The Egy-GeoInfo has received excellence awards and been presented in various international forums on open data approach and advanced information technology such as:

  • Receiving a shield of the effective partnership with the Government of Egypt and WFP Egypt Country Office 2016.
  • Winning of Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award as best smart E-Gov. application in 2016.
  • Winning of the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award – USA -2017.
  • The CAPMAS representatives in the 48th session of UNSD meeting in New York announced the portal, and expressed CAPMAS ability and willing to share the knowledge with the countries that are working on or thinking of such portals.

The Egy-GeoInfo has many aspects of success and excellence, as well as lessons learned to disseminate and replicate to benefit other countries, in particular:

  • System Sustainability: the GIS-team in CAPMAS, which had been formulated for more than 15 years till date, is the main entity responsible for mobilizing the geospatial techniques, so that there is no doubt that the Egy-GeoInfo portal is one of the incubated systems inside CAPMAS.
  • G2G dialogue to include more government institutions in this platform, and to make sure that these G2G initiative is working to link all government institutions under one-formal-umbrella.

WFP Egypt Country Office started a dialog to transfer this experience to the African countries and beyond the Africa. A high-level mission from the Ethiopian Statistical Office visited CAPMAS to learn more about the experience and to discuss the ways of collaboration.

Partners: Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), United Nations, World Food Programme- Egypt CO, Esri Northeast Africa (Esri-Nea).

Budget: The phase I of the solution costs 172K$, while phase II costing 60K$. This cost includes, purchase of the software, capacity building and training workshops to CAPMAS permanent staff, maintenance fees for 2 years.

Contact details:
CAPMAS: Dr. Mohamed Ramadan
R&D Advisor to CAPMAS President
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Mobile:+201222367626
Website: http://www.capmas.gov.eg

WFP: Dr.Menghestab Haile
Representative and Country Director
World Food Programme - Egypt Country Office
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Mobile: +201062437187
Website: http://www1.wfp.org/countries/egypt

Friday, 17 November 2017 00:08

According to information from researchers in Egypt, the country has only 3.6% of its land area suitable for cultivation. These lands are located near the Nile River. The rest is generally a hyperarid zone, with maximum precipitation of 180 mm and in some places, precipitation record is zero. Apart from that, 35 % of arable land is affected by salts, in high concentrations, which makes still more problematic the existing crops. This situation is worse because the whole country has a population of 90 million inhabitants of which approximately 22 million live in the so-called Greater Cairo to which it is necessary to provide fresh and/or processed food. Data from local researchers (Ain Shams University) show that the country is deficient in wheat by - 55%, maize by - 45% and species for the production of oils by -80%.

A reasonable way to solve this situation is the replacement of traditional species, which require large amounts of water, by species adapted to areas of low rainfall, either as food for people or for animals to produce meat and milk. In this context, water and land are used in a more efficient way, since it is possible to utilize marginal land and water unsuitable for conventional crops.

In this sense, quinoa has shown as an advantage that it does not compete for space that today is employed by other species like citrus, banana, garlic, onions, grapes, palms, olive groves, rice, beans, and chickpeas. Quinoa also needs less water than the species mentioned and can grow in soils considered marginal: for instance may even use salt lands where currently nothing is grown.

Briefly, it has been possible to reach poverty alleviation in a specific target area by adapting a non-traditional crop to hard climate and soil conditions.

Partners: Argentine Fund for South-South and Triangular Cooperation (FO.AR), Miguel Lillo Foundation (Argentina) and Faculty of Agriculture, Ain Shams University (Egypt)

Contact Details:
Esmeralda 1212, 12th floor, office 1204.
Raúl Ailán, Director for Bilateral Cooperation.
Tel: +54 11 4819 7555    
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Thursday, 16 November 2017 23:54

Angolan IANORQ (Angolan Institute for Standardization and Quality) is the national entity in charge of coordinating quality standards all over the country. The work of that institution affects directly consumers’ interests, which may be not totally preserved. An opportunity to make some progress in that situation is improving legal metrology in Angola through capacities transference.  

A solution to this challenge would be to strengthen capabilities, skills, competencies and technologies of Metrology Department of IANORQ. In order to reach that end, a complete assessment of more than 4,000 scales and fuel pumps took place in 18 provinces. As a result of that evaluation, the need for knowledge about the adjustment of the instruments was detected. Once the experts had that information, the elaboration of a technical regulation of scales was prepared taking as parameter the regulations in force in Argentina and Brazil.

Partners: Argentine Fund for South-South and Triangular Cooperation (FO.AR), National Institute of Industrial Technology (Argentina) and Angolan Institute for Standardization and Quality IANORQ (Angola)

Contact details:
Esmeralda 1212, 12th floor, office 1204.
Raúl Ailán, Director for Bilateral Cooperation.
Tel: +54 11 4819 7555    
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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 11:41

Southern Egypt stands to lose up to a minimum of 30 percent of its food production by 2050 as a result of climate change impact. In Southern Egypt a reduction of approximately USD580 and USD1380/acre would occur on annual farm revenue with temperature increases of 1.5oC and 3.6oC, respectively, if no adaptation efforts are undertaken.  For a household that relies on agriculture for a living (55% of the region’s households), this reduction can represent up to 80% of its total income. As a result, livelihoods of the already economically- stressed smallholders of the region will be at stake.

Since March 2013 the Government of Egypt and the World Food Programme has been implementing the Building Resilient Food Security Systems Project, which aims to 1) improve the adaptive capacity of the Southern zone in the face of anticipated climate-induced reduction in food production and 2) build institutional capacity at all levels to enable sustainability and replication throughout the zone and the country. The project funded by the Adaptation Fund of the United Nations Fund on Climate Change is being implemented in the 5 Governorates of Southern Egypt, namely Aswan, Luxor, Qena, Sohag, Assuit.

The project enhances resilience through two complementary components as follows:

Component I.  Adaptation to climate change through technology development and transfer. This component introduced a package of integrated adaptation techniques in crop and animal production, as well as enhancement of water and land use efficiency as follows:

  • Building resilience in agricultural production through integrated interventions such as:
  • Establishment of climate information centers in the local NGOs to link farmers to technical experts, provide information about climate and its impact on food production and what the farmers can do to reduce losses. The centers also provide a 5-day weather forecast with recommendations of what to do safeguard crops in the case of foreseen extreme weather events. Unemployed educated youth from the village are trained on using the system, and on information dissemination in their communities;
  • Introduction of tested and proven heat tolerant varieties of common crops such as wheat, maize, and tomato; and promotion of high income crops that grow better in warmer climates, particularly medicinal and aromatic plants;
  • Building soft skills to build resilience in the face of weather variability that may impact plants in critical growth stages. Those include changing sowing dates, new agricultural treatments to increase crop heat tolerance, modified irrigation schedules, and fertilization schedules;
  • Value addition in agriculture and intercropping to diversify and increase income (examples include plantation of onion with wheat; maize with tomato; and garlic with wheat) as a means of risk reduction and increasing resilience. Value addition to diversify and augment income sources, such as improved post-harvest practices and small scale food processing.

These interventions are introduced through an array of complementary activities, including consolidation of land holdings, establishment of demonstration fields, extension services including farm-to-farm visits, extension services, demonstration farms and creation of enabling physical and financial assets.

  • Building resilience through livestock and poultry production whereby heat tolerant varieties are introduced through animal revolving loans. Vet services, training and ongoing technical assistance on animal nutrition is given by trained governmental and community organizations and lessons learned are transferred to other Southern Egypt communities through farm-to-farm exchanges.
  • Introduction and use of water saving irrigation whereby irrigation efficiency is realized through laser leveling of soil; canal lining; canal sloping; or simply canal clearing of weeds. Demonstration fields are set up and water users associations are established/ strengthened whereby farmers are trained on how to cooperatively manage their water resources.

Component II. Capacity building for climate knowledge and adaptation replication of all actors involved in the 1000 poorest village initiative in order to replicate them to reach around 1.7 million people. This component includes:

  • Capacity building of government technical staff through a wide array of trainings
  • Documentation & sharing of lessons learned and best Practices
  • Integration of climate adaptation solutions into the curriculum of the universities and technical schools

Achievements: The different agricultural activities have demonstrated very positive results in building the farmer’s resilience against climate change. These included 25-30% increases in crop productivity, coupled with 20-25% reduction in water usage. In cases of extreme weather events, farmers who followed the recommendations of the project’s early warning system recorded a 60% less loss in crops that those who did not. 

The initiative can be replicated in other countries for the most vulnerable communities and regions with the similar climatic and socio-economic conditions.

Partners: The Ministry of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Center, Directorates of Agricultures, Vet, Irrigation, Social Solidarity and Education in the 5 Governorates, the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, the Egyptian Metrology Authority, 14 local Community Development Associations, the University of South Valley, the Agricultural Secondary Schools in the project districts.

Budget: US$ 6.9 mln.

Contact:
WFP-Egypt Country Office
Dr. Ithar Khalil – Head of Climate Change and Livelihoods
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Tel: +202 25261992/93

Montenegro is prone to natural disasters, in particular, to floods. Flood mapping is a crucial element of flood risk management. Since 2013 under the framework of Climate Change Adaptation project supported by GIZ and aimed to improve adaptation to climate change in the Western Balkans (Albania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo), in particular, in the fields of flood and drought risk management Montenegro took steps for improving flood management system. More specifically, the country undertook a task of developing the plans for protection and rescue from floods and mapping vulnerable areas of flooding in 5 municipalities in Montenegro (Kotor, Herceg Novi, Budva, Pljevlja and Rožaje) in order to improve the flood risk disaster management system at local level.

GIS experts and other local and national experts have done flood risk maps for 5 municipalities in GIS using relevant data especially available historical data as well as have prepared municipal protection and rescue plans from floods.

GIS risk maps have been integral part of municipal plans for protection and rescue from floods and consists following:

  • Households (households in vulnerable areas, with data on number of children, adults, persons with disability, number of floors of the house, number of additional facilities)
  • Economic and noneconomic facilities (property, purpose, number of floors),
  • Educational facilities (kindergartens, schools and other educational institutions in vulnerable area and in its surrounding (number of children, pupils, students),
  • Municipal facilities (municipal facilities that can serve for response in case of emergency situation /floods in this case), 
  • Traffic facilities (bridges and culvert in vulnerable areas, petrol stations, gas stations, harbour, dockyard), 
  • Road infrastructure (flooded roads and alternative roads),
  • Health facilities (hospitals, health centres, ambulances),
  • Shelters (existing underground shelters as well as hotel capacities that can serve for the purpose of shelter during emergency situations),
  • TK emitters (locations of base Stations due to coverage of area with telephone signal),
  • Sewerage network (within vulnerable area),
  • Flood zones.

As a result of the project municipal plans for protection and rescue from floods for 5 municipalities (Kotor, Budva, Herceg Novi, Pljevlja and Rožaje) were adopted, the National plan for protection and rescue from fires and floods was updated, and the capacity of representatives of protection and rescue services was strengthened through a training for using GIS tools, study visit to institutions responsible for early warning system and prevention, preparedness and response in case of floods in Germany, people in vulnerable area of Skadar Lake were informed about risks of floods in Montenegrin and Albanian language.

Partners: GIZ, the Ministry of Interior; municipal protection and rescue services, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Institute of Hydrometeorology and Seismology and Red Cross of Montenegro.

Contact information:
Montenegro, Podgorica, Ministry of Interior - Directorate for Emergency Management
Contact persons: Mr. Ljuban Tmušić and Ms.Zorica Marković
Phone: +38220481815; +38220481816
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Thursday, 28 May 2015 02:34

The Green Production Help Desk (GHD) was established at the Association of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI) in October 2012, in order to provide information and technical advisory services for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to comply with the objectives and principles of sustainable development.

The GHD contributes to strengthening capacities in Lebanon on Greening the Industrial Sector:

  • Develop a better understanding of policies and programs aimed at the development of green industry;
  • Increase access to information for decision 2010 makers on opportunities of green production at the national and local levels;
  • Capacity building for the design of national & local policies and programs for stimulating and greening the industrial sector.

Through national and regional workshops, trainings, information campaigning and cooperation with ministries and organizations the GHD has ensured collection and dissemination of information on green business opportunities; national policies, programs, institutions and laws related to green economy; green benefit opportunities such as Environmental Loans provided by Banque Du Liban (BDL) and FREE Environmental Audits funded by GEF and supported by the Ministry of Environment; and regional and international support programs and best practices in green production, therefore, contributed to awareness raising of industry stakeholders on Green Industry and Green Economy.

To promote social development the GHD offers followings:

  • Decent Green Jobs creation in Lebanon;
  • Employers and employees new skills development
  • Guidance in education for students;
  • Guidance in career pathways for job seekers;
  • Curriculum Development to graduate skilled green workers.

The GHD has contributed to a unique cooperation between Academia and Industry: the Lebanese paint industry is recycling the Xylene solvent waste generated at the American University of Beirut and reusing it in its production process. 

Partners: Association of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI), UN-ESCWA 

Contact details: 
Address: Lebanon
The Green Production Help Desk (GHD)
Association of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI)
Mrs. Rana Tabcharani Saliba
Head of the Environment & Energy Department
Project Manager of the GHD
Tel: +961-1-350280/1/2
Fax : +961-1-351167
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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 05:45

We are pleased to announce that most of the South-South Knowledge Exchange and Coordination Workshop Presentations on the various areas of Agricultural Development can now be found on the Agro Solutions Portal. The South-South Knowledge Exchange and Coordination Workshops are organized in the framework of the partnership initiative on South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Agricultural Development and Enhanced Food Security (SSTC-ADFS) jointly supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and of course, are an opportunity for representatives of relevant line ministries and centers of excellences, as well as for other stakeholders in the Arab States, Europe and the CIS regions, to exchange information and views on the successful home-grown solutions in various areas of Agricultural Development. 

Thursday, 12 October 2017 12:37

We are pleased to announce the launch of the first global Youth4South Solution Awareness Contest aimed to promote the South-South Youth Leadership in advancing the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 11:28

An estimate of 500,000 tons of cooking oil waste is produced annually in Egypt from various sources. This waste that is produced by food factories, restaurants, and hotels is not managed efficiently by these entities to be reused to their benefit. Conventionally, it is sold to waste collectors, who normally filter it and sell it back into the food industry, to soap companies, or export it to be used in the Biofuels industry abroad. Around 90 percent of households drop their used cooking oil in the drain. The draining systems of the houses get contaminated and the polluted water cannot be treated to use again.

Tagaddod (Arabic for ‘renewal’), a renewable Energy and Waste Management start-up established in 2013, introduced a new idea of turning used cooking oil to Biodiesel (a green fuel that is used in conventional diesel engines, which can directly substitute for or extend supplies of traditional petroleum diesel). It is a process of filtering the oil and adding chemical additives until getting the final product, which is biodiesel. The conversion process takes around three hours and produces two products, which are biodiesel and glycerin.

In December 2014, the team started engineering, procurement, and construction of the current production facility and was able successfully complete its first Biodiesel and Glycerol order in April 2015. In October 2015, Tagaddod’s production facility was granted the International Sustainability and Carbon Certificate (ISCC).

The current production line was designed, manufactured, and assembled, locally by Tagaddod’s engineers and experts, and is capable of producing up to 300 tons per month from any type of waste vegetable oil, and it can be modified to receive any grade of feedstock quality.

Biodiesel from the Tagaddod production facility is sold in the market. Travco Group, one of the leading tourism firms in Egypt uses Tagaddod’s biodiesel in its hotels’ vehicles, machinery and generators.

Tagaddod aspires to be the leading supplier of green energy, made from renewable resources - the wind, the sun, natural underground heat and clean fuels - to all businesses and households. Tagaddod’s current and medium term focus are exporting biodiesel to the European market. By 2020, the company aims to produce 5,000 tons per month, and operate another Green Diesel factory with the same capacity.  

Prizes: Tagaddod has received an award from the Egyptian government’s General Authority for Investment (GAFI), for the company most likely to go international and has successfully completed a seed round led by Flat6Labs and has also received angel investment by Cairo Angels.

Partners: Sawari Ventures, Cairo Angels

Contact details:  
Mailing Address: South-South Development Academy: 6th Ibn Maysser st., off Mahmoud Azmy st., Zamalek
Tel: (02) 2737 5086/7/8/9 
Fax: (02) 27375084
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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 11:20

In Egypt, number of individuals that are in need of short or long term non-hospital health care is increasing. Working family members rarely are available, have the time, or have the necessary skills to provide the required health services and care at home. All this brings the need for training home health care providers (HHCP). It is estimated that about 400,000 elderly people are in need of some kind of assisted living to be able to continue living at their homes. If only 10% of those can afford to hire a caregiver, there would be a need to train at least 40000 care providers in the near future to meet that demand.

In 2004, Care with Love, a registered organization (# 5241 / 2003), translated this need into Home Health Care Program assistance to the elderly and others who are homebound by creating a new professional niche: home healthcare. It selects smart, compassionate recruits and teaches them, motivates them, and gives them a respectable job and an important chance to contribute positively to those in their care. It creates jobs without burdening the government, provides a desperately needed service at an affordable cost, and sets a professional and compassionate tone for caregiving. 

HHCPs provide services in:

  • Assisted living (Personal hygiene, Eating, Assistance with mobility, and Social support);
  • Home Health Care (Measuring vital signs, dispensing medications, wound care, catheter care, and tube feeding).

The program is open to young people, both men and women between ages 17-35 interested in becoming HHCP on selection basis. The selection process is based on the level of interest as well as ability. Fluency in Arabic reading and writing is a requirement, in addition to passing the entrance exam. 

To become certified HHCP the young people, should complete a training of HHCP for four months long. The training curriculum is a well-balanced mixture of theory in the classroom, lab training where the trainees are coached to acquire and practice needed basic skills, and practical field experience at health institutions where they apply what they learned and can gain confidence and hands-on experience. 

Prior to certification, Care with love arranges one-month internships with seasoned home healthcare providers who offer guidance, close and supportive supervision, and evaluation. In fact, evaluation by more senior providers and by clients is an ongoing part of Care with love’s effort, not only to ensure mastery of technique but also to monitor and provide helpful feedback on maturity, personal growth, and adjustment. Following completion of the course, students take an exam, and the 80 percent who pass don graduation robes and attend a formal ceremony recognizing their achievement. 

To support and spread this new profession, Care with Love arranges partnerships with private hospitals to offer both an institutional shelter to home healthcare providers and secure employee benefits like insurance. It has arranged for health institutions where the graduates will work to cover the cost of training or offer loans to students, payable in installments following graduation. It has secured an offer from the Ministry of Health to provide an institutional shelter for home health providers, granting them full insurance and employment benefits as hospital employees.  

Care with Love also provides institutional health care provider training for multiple types of facilities. Institutions that provide specialized health care services often rely on Care with Love to train their staff. This includes polyclinics, orphanages, and other care centers.

The achievements of Care with Love:

  • To date, all graduates have been employed and are earning a good income;
  • The first graduates received degrees in 1997;
  • There are now 936 certified home healthcare professionals serving homebound clients primarily in the greater Cairo area, with a few working in other areas: Alexandria and the North coast. 

Partner: The center for Geriatric Services (a non- profit organization of the synod of the Nile in partnership with the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services), an NGO and Alsalam Hospital. 

Contact details:  
Mailing Address: South-South Development Academy: 6th Ibn Maysser st., off Mahmoud Azmy st., Zamalek
Tel: (02) 2737 5086/7/8/9 
Fax: (02) 27375084
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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 11:11

Governorate: Qena

According to the Survey of Young People in Egypt (2011) 6.9% of young people aged 10-29 have never been to school. While this percentage may seem small, it constitutes 2.1 million Egyptian young people aged 10-29, and every year thousands of young people, especially girls, still fail to enter school. The percentage of females aged 10 to 29 who have never attended school (11.0%) is four times more than that of males (3.0%) in the same age group.  

In 2012, (ENID/El Nidaa) was a five-year initiative to develop viable and sustainable skill development and employment opportunities in South Upper Egypt, where levels of poverty and unemployment are high. It operates as a United Nations Development Program (UNDP) project under the umbrella of Egypt’s Ministry of International Cooperation. 

ENID works to address these gender challenges in its integrated approach to development. Moreover, there are significant constraints face women to access to labor market such as the mismatch between skills acquired in schooling and what the labor market requires. Lack of a suitable work environment for female employees could be another constraint for female job seekers.

The project currently focuses in Upper Egypt and in Qena, in particular, where the poverty rate is 58%, one of the highest in the country, where 34.5% of the population is illiterate and where 13.5% are without jobs. The purpose for ENID programs is to provide sustainable and successful project models for replication and ownership by the local communities. Innovation in ENID’s approach rests on introducing best practice interventions.

Its methodology is based on action-oriented research that identifies sectors and products with growth opportunities and scalability, both local and nation-wide. It implements and adopts business and entrepreneurship models that have shown success elsewhere in the world, such as cluster promotion, the ‘one village one product’ skill model, and asset transfer. Creating best practice models that are scalable, with the potential for replication by local communities and supported by themselves, with private or government partnerships, is critical to the ENID mission.   

ENID activities are divided into four domains which have been identified and defined based on an in-depth situation analysis of the needs of the region and villages in particular. The domains are as follows:  

  • Upgrading basic and public services in rural Upper Egypt: which consists of literacy training, a broadly defined life-skills curriculum, and, for the first time in rural Upper Egypt, sports activities to enhance leadership and team-building skills and prepare girls for integration into formal schooling.
  • Promoting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and Entrepreneurship (One Village One Product Model): it’s a model from Japan and handicraft development experience from India, together with local solutions adapted to the specific context cooperating with local partners like universities, research institutes, and government offices to link jobs, skills training, food security and services.
  • Sustainable agriculture development and off-farm incomes: through establishing and operating Integrated Fish- Agriculture-Livestock Pilot Farms in Qena, adopted Pilot Project for Clean Farming and Recycling of Agricultural Residues in Qena, developing and Operate Dairy Processing Plants in two Districts in Qena, developing and operating Milk Processing Units for the Household Level in Qena, and establishing and operating Poultry Backyard Production System in Qena.

Achievements:

  • In January 2016, ENID became a Foundation to be able to ensure long term sustainability.
  • Till November 2016, the project has directly benefited over 4,400 people in various manufacturing, agriculture and skills development based on the needs of the local communities. Furthermore, the project has contributed to linking the field-level best practices to local and national policies through its policy work and advocacy.
  • ENID’s Sustainable Agricultural Development component had set the targets of creating at least 890 direct employability skills training opportunities (33% for women), and at least 470 direct job opportunities (68% for women). To date, ENID’s Sustainable Agricultural Development component has managed to exceed its targets, creating more than 700 employment opportunities and more than 2600 training opportunities to farmers and local staff in Upper Egypt.
  • As of December 2014, ENID was implementing activities in over 35 villages throughout Qena and Upper Egypt and has trained a total of 2,135 beneficiaries in areas of services, skills and agriculture. Furthermore, it has provided some 573 jobs for people in Upper Egypt, among which 69% were for women. The total number of targeted jobs across all domains is 1316. 

Partners: 

United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Ministry of International Cooperation, Sawiris Foundation, The Big Heart Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Sida, Coca-Cola Foundation, The Italian Development Cooperation, UK Department for International Development (DFID), and UN Women.

Contact details:
Mailing Address: South-South Development Academy: 6th Ibn Maysser st., off Mahmoud Azmy st., Zamalek
Tel: (02) 2737 5086/7/8/9 
Fax: (02) 27375084
Website: www.ssdaegypt.org
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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 10:16

Aquaculture is a major industry in Egypt and vulnerable to a wide range of factors, including water pollution.

In 2013, the Conative Labs (a technology start-up based in Egypt), developed Nilebot a system that measures the effects of pollution in real time and transmits that data to farmers so they can be more proactive to find solutions. The solution helps fish farms to raise the productivity, achieve higher feed conversion ratio and growth rates, facilitate management and monitoring the fish farm and ensure the quality of farmed fish for human consumption.

Nilebot measures, records and sends the parameters that affect the condition of the water to a personal account that can be used on a Smart phone, Tablet or laptop at any time and from anywhere. In case of any sudden change in water quality and exceeding the safe ranges of any parameter of the parameters such as the concentration of dissolved oxygen, Nilebot sends a warning text message (SMS) to a mobile phone to make sure that a quick response will be taken to solve this problem. 

Nilebot can be used with all kinds of farms (fish – shrimp) and in different environments (salty water-fresh water).

The solution helped to reduce operating costs of the fish farm by saving 33% of the fish feed and also to decrease the rate of pumping oxygen in average for 4-6 hours.

The solution received the following awards:

  • Injaz Egypt 2015: 2nd place.
  • Eitesal Best Entrepreneurial Project in ICT sector (2015)
  • Orange Developer Challenge (2015): Nilebote won the first place in Egypt and the second place in worldwide.
  • Cairo Maker Hackthon (2015): Nilebote won the first place.
  • Sha3`al (2015): Nilebot was one of the winning projects.

Partners: GAFI, GAFRD, Ministry Of State For Environmental Affairs, Bedaya Egypt, orange, Egypt Innovate, Nahdet El Mahrousa, Academy of Scientific Research & Technology, EBNI Incubator, Aquatics.

Contact details:  
Mailing Address: South-South Development Academy: 6th Ibn Maysser st., off Mahmoud Azmy st., Zamalek
Tel: (02) 2737 5086/7/8/9 
Fax: (02) 27375084
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