Geographic focus: All Arab region in Africa and Asia, (Sudan has more attention since it is in the Nile Basin region)

Thematic focus areas supported by the mechanism:

Capacity building in Integrated Water Resources Management(IWRM)/specific attention to Hydraulic Engineering and Environmental Hydrology.

Countries that have benefited:

Arab Region: Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Jordan, Yemen, Palestine, Somalia, Oman, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Tunisia, UAE. All Nile Basin: Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, S. Sudan, D.R.C,  Burundi, Rwanda, Eritrea 

Steps/stages in the practical application of the mechanism:

Various regular and short tailored courses in Water Resources for participants from the Nile Basin and the Arab States were organized. Regular courses, e.g. Hydraulic Engineering in River Basin, Environmental Hydrology for Arid and Semi-Arid Regions, short courses include water harvesting, EIA, groundwater exploration and modelling, IWRM, Integrated River Basin Management, etc.; participants should have a minimum of two years` experience working in government, Universities, institutions, private sectors, CSO etc.:- Supported partially by International agencies, e.g. UNESCOIHE, JICA, ISESCO, and locally by Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation and Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation with Africa.

Results to Date:

Cooperation with some international funding agencies (UNESCO-IHE, JICA, ISESCO), regional (UNESCO Cairo office, Nile Basin Initiative) and local (Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation with Africa-MFA) have yielded successful conferences and results, including but not limited to the following: 

  1. Regular courses: Annual Hydraulic Engineering in River Basin, three months (1996~2012), 311 participants
  2. Annual Environmental Hydrology for Arid and Semi-Arid Regions, 6 weeks(1999~2012), 260 participants
  3. Short Tailored Courses: Hydraulic Engineering for Water Harvesting in Arid and Semi-Arid Environment, 2 weeks, (1997, 1999, 2001,2003), 95 participants
  4. International River Interface Cooperation (IRIC)- River flow and Sediment Modelling, one week (2011), 35 participants
  5. Hydrological River Basin Environmental Assessment Model, one week (2012), 24 participants

Recent Annual Budget (USD): 150,000

Total Budget (USD): 2,000,000

Focal Point and Contact:
Professor Mohamed Soliman
Regional Training Centre of Hydraulics Research Institute
National Water Research Centre of Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation
Delta Barrages P.O.Code 13621 Qalyoubiyah
Tel: +20-100-5628084
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Geographic focus: Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Thematic focus areas supported by the solution: Humanitarian partnerships with a focus on emergency preparedness, accountability to affected populations and humanitarian access.

Development challenge and key achievements:

A regional policy workshop was organized on 5 - 6 December 2012 that brought together humanitarian actors in the MENA region, with a focus on national NGOs. Organizations from over 12 countries participated with aim of sharing information, ideas and lessons learned on specific policy themes (preparedness, accountability and access). The workshop also sought to facilitate greater partnerships among regional actors in their responses to various humanitarian crises. The workshop is part of a wider process led by OCHA MENA Regional Office and The Humanitarian Forum to build understanding and support greater collaboration between humanitarian actors in the region.

The comparative advantage of the solution:

Participating organizations came from Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Yemen, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

The workshop was successful in that it helped foster trust among organizations through dialogue and efforts to establish operational partnerships. Key actions points were developed to foster collaboration in the three main thematic areas and another workshop will be organized in 2013 to monitor progress and further facilitate regional collaboration.

Focal Point and Contact:
Samir Elhawary
Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa
2 El Hegaz Street Roxy, Heliopolis
Cairo, Egypt
Tel: +201066650625
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Thursday, 25 June 2015 23:36

Development challenge and key achievements:

The Prosol Tunisia financing facility is an example of how international and local public support addressed critical demand-side barriers that were preventing the widespread deployment of commercially viable renewable energy technology in a developing country.

By focusing on public resources to directly support renewable energy investments, we can effectively shift demand away from fossil fuels, even if the latter are subsidised. The programme promoted the installation of more than 119,000 solar water heaters (SWH), totalling around 355,350 m2 of collector area over the timeframe analysed (2005 - 2010). With a fivefold increase in annual deployment, the combination of measures introduced with the Programme has been demonstrated to be effective in addressing the critical demand-side barriers that were preventing the deployment of a commercially viable renewable energy technology. The added SWH installations translate into 251 ktoe (kilotonne of Oil Equivalent) of energy saved and 715 ktCO2 (kilotonne of Carbon dioxide) avoided, as a result LPG subsidy savings of up to USD 101 million over the systems` lifetime. Public spurred USD 110.2 million in private investments, allowing households to save between USD 605 and 1,325 per SWH in energy bills. The domestic solar thermal industrial cluster grew significantly; and it is also estimated that about 3,000 jobs were created.

The programme helped make solar water heaters more affordable by reducing up-front investment requirements and prompting banks to offer concessional financing.

Solution Details: The comparative advantage of the solution:

  1. Innovative mix of capital cost and soft loans financial mechanism to overcome costs barriers, direct involvement of private financial sector, simplified procedures for final users, standardized procedures for eligibility of providers, installers and equipment as a quality guarantee and intense capacity building at all levels.
  2. TUNISIAN GOVERNMENT: Ministry for Industry and Energy and Small and Medium- Sized Enterprises, National Agency for Energy Conservation (ANME), United Nations Environment Programme Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (UNEP-DTIE), Italian- led Mediterranean Renewable Energy Programme (MEDREP), Mediterranean Renewable Energy Centre (MEDREC), STEG: State-owned utility with a monopolistic position in the local power market
  3. Prosol Residential has stimulated the development of the domestic solar thermal industrial cluster, with local actors playing a primary role. Leading with local manufacturing capacities are being developed and expanded, building potential export opportunities as well as market competition and diversification.

Lessons Learned:

Issues of awareness, technology, and credit risk mitigation, as well as competitiveness in the face of fossil-fuel subsidization.

Recent Annual Budget (USD): 3,000,000

Total Budget (USD): 3,000,000

Focal Point and Contact:
Johny Theodory
Infrastructure Unit, UNDP/PAPP
Jerusalem- OPT, 4A Yakubi St., Jerusalem, 91191, P.O. Box: 51359
Tel: +972548174148
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Thursday, 25 June 2015 23:30

The solution was initiated by the KSPSI Pasar Minggu, the KSPSI Kalibata, the KSPI and the KSBSI from the National Confederation of Trade Unions in Indonesia to enhance understanding of young people of their rights in the workplace and how to defend them through collective bargaining and protection of trade unions.

At the social level, the solution contributes to the work quality of young people by empowering them to defend their rights through developing a manual on youth rights at work and training/raising awareness of young people on their rights, entitlements, and responsibilities at work, and training of trainers on youth rights at work to serve as the core for establishing a national pool of trainers on youth rights at work.

At the institutional level, the solution promotes reviving the culture of youth rights at work, building capacities of trade unions and other parties, raising awareness of youth on labour rights and linking them to the decent work dimension in informal apprenticeship programs. 

To increase awareness of young people on rights as well as improve outreach of trade unions to the informal economy the solution provides the following user friendly tools:

  • Participatory approach in initiating and implementing the solution among trade unions and civil society organizations (CSOs).
  • The methodology and structure of the manual on youth rights based on learning outcomes and sub-outcomes
  • Training of trainers methodology to ensure sustainability of the solution in the future
  • Manuals for Indonesia developed by the trade unions and for the trade unions (see
  • A global manual with interactive exercises, to be adapted to each country, in order to integrate their national legal frameworks and existing collective agreements. 

The solution contributes to the Jordan`s National Agenda 2006-2015 under the theme u201cEmployment support and vocational trainingu201d with an aim to increase workforce employability, improve labour market productivity, and increase workforce size through effective job placement. It also contributes to the National Employment Strategy (NES), which was formally endorsed in May 2011. The Strategy seeks to address structural employment, calling for policies and programmes to amplify job creation with a greater focus on youth employment. The Strategy also emphasizes the need to upgrade the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system.

Partners: ILO, General Federation for Jordanian Trade Unions; Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions; youth non-profit organizations; Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Jordan; all four trade union confederations in Indonesia. 

Contact details: 
ILO project office
Tayseer Na`na`ah Street- South Abdoun
P.O Box: 831201
Amman 11183 Jordan
Tel: +962 6 565 3991
Fax: +962 6 565 3807
Yasser Ali, National Project Coordinator / ILO
Tel: +962 797348283
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Thursday, 25 June 2015 23:01

Development challenge and key achievements:

UNDP-Jordan started a comprehensive project u201cEnhancing Institutional Capacities to Reduce Disaster Risk and to Integrate Climate Change in Jordanu201d focusing on two local authorities; Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) and Petra Development Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA). Among the activities of this project is to establish a Neighbourhoods Disaster Volunteers (NVD) in the two areas. The mission of the study tour in Istanbul is to observe the NDV implementation in Istanbul and Bursa by learning and exchanging experiences with each other, aiming to have an Action Plan for both authorities.

The comparative advantage of the solution:

Aqaba and Petra have both suffered from disaster risks such as floods; earthquakes, and climate change. Their citizens have lost properties, lives and infrastructure that consumed most of the municipal budgets, and these losses occur because of a lack of experience, absence of institutional coordination in this aspect and lack of disaster risk management. This project aims to help build a framework to reduce disasters risks with UNDP, so the need to work with stakeholders who affect positively or negatively this project is imperative. One of the key stakeholders is the local community, which requires training, raising awareness, and involvement in the mission, e.g. a move to promote disaster volunteers in the neighbourhood has to be worked in both approaches: institutionally and locally.

Turkey, which is mostly vulnerable to disasters such as earthquakes, started a Neighbourhood Disaster Volunteers project; they mobilized many volunteers by training and equipping them as necessary. Therefore, a trip to Turkey provided a good opportunity for the 4 DRR staff from Petra and Aqaba to study the Turkish experience on-site, meet volunteers, and establish a solid base for a long-term partnership with the solution provider MAG foundation.

Lessons Learned:

The lessons were converted into an Action Plan for establishing Neighbourhood Disaster Volunteers in both Aqaba and Petra. The Action Plans are currently being implemented by the local governments, and UNDP Jordan has continued to support with both training and equipment. Another lesson was that it is necessary to learn from similar experiences in different locations; another community-based DRR project has been identified in Morocco, which resembles more the local environment in the Petra region. Due to the local context it is important to compare with various successful experiments and work on implementing the most relevant.

Recent Annual Budget (USD): 15,000

Total Budget (USD): 23,000

Focal Point and Contact:
Pelle Lutken
DRR Programme Analyst UNDP
Queen Rania Street, Amman Jordan
Tel: +962 79 7656654
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Thursday, 25 June 2015 22:57

Expert Exchange Mechanism/ Knowledge

Geographic focus: Iraq, Tunisia, India, South Africa, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Turkey, Palestine and Jordan

Thematic focus areas supported by the mechanism: Promoting knowledge and capacity of the Independent High Elections Commission (IHEC); Governance Steps/stages in practical application of the mechanism:

A study visit was conducted to the South African Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in Pretoria to consider an established public outreach department in another independent Electoral Management Body (EMB). The study visit provided IHEC with a timely opportunity to examine best practices and relevant examples of voter education campaigns and materials in preparation for future electoral events. Responding to the development of Iraq National E-Governance Strategic Plan, UNDP-Iraq with ESCWA organized a study tour to India for senior level government officials/stakeholders from the Public Sector to share India`s experience in: harnessing ICT technologies in service of  community development, inclusiveness and empowerment, particularly at the local level; highlighting e-governance practices in connecting citizens to the State - at both the federal and local levels - and enhancing services. In April the study tour set out to the southern Indian province of Karnataka/ Bangalore and then to New Delhi. UNDP is also supporting study tours with Egypt National Reference Laboratory, which is also providing on-going technical support to the national reference laboratory for Iraq for TB under the GFATM programme.

Results to Date:

October 2011: a senior IHEC delegation including seven IHEC Commissioners and Director Generals travelled to Tunisia to provided support to the Tunisian Independent Election Commission as agreed with, and supported by, the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This followed the announcement by the Prime Minister that it would provide financial and technical assistance to the Tunisian Election Commission for the Constituent Assembly Elections and pledged support to the Tunisian people in their first democratic elections through the provision of (1M USD) and technical support by the IHEC throughout polling, counting and tabulation of election results. UNDP also established and strengthened relationships between the Judiciaries of Iraq and Dubai. A selection of representatives of the Iraqi Judiciary travelled to observe the operations of the Dubai Judiciary and to plan for the development of the Iraqi Judiciary. Further, a study tour to Singapore has also had a specific focus on Information Technology, organizational management and human resources capacity development. UNDP supported the Committee of Experts of the Iraqi Parliament and the Secretariat in comparative knowledge and best practices modules on HRCs` internationally; solicited the expertise of the Palestine and Turkey HCHR and availed those resources to the Iraqi`s. UNDP facilitated a cooperation initiative between the Iraq and Jordan Family Protection Units, Jordan FPU is perceived as a pioneer in the region in this arena and has availed its technical resources to further enhance and build the capacity of the Iraqi units. Under the law enforcement capacity building a core group of decision makers and technical staff were selected by the IPS senior management to attend a study tour to benchmark countries. A delegation from the MOI in Baghdad and IPS in Al Basrah visited Jordan and Abu Dhabi. A 5-week training in the Royal Police Academy of Jordan aimed at strengthening the capacity in strategic planning of the IPS in Al Basrah.

Focal Point and Contact:
Peter Bachelor
Country Director, UNDP Iraq
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Thursday, 25 June 2015 22:50

The programme was launched to promote poverty reduction in the occupied Palestinian territories through access to promotional social safety net activities package and financial services.

The programme has developed a model for poverty eradication to support the ongoing national cash assistance program and offer an exit strategy from chronic cash programs and the targeting strategy that includes:

  • poverty scoring and livelihoods assessment;
  • the Islamic micro-finance revolving fund, the business development serves model supporting finance;
  • the cooperation/referral model with social service providers at local levels. 

Due to access to a package of financial and non-financial services that address the needs of poor families 13,500 Palestinian families have enabled to escape from poverty by establishing micro and small individual and joint enterprises and becoming entrepreneurs. These families are no longer dependent on aid and are themselves employers and contributors to national production. 

The programme has transformed lives of poor families from recipients of aid to producers and service providers in a sustainable manner using innovative business development and partnership solutions including solidarity and risk-sharing financing and investment products. 

The model can be scaled up and replicated in the countries of the regions that face similar challenges as low economic development, unemployment and poverty. Currently the program is being exported to Libya and Tunisia under the leadership of the Islamic Development Bank and with technical support from UNDP. 

Partners: The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), the United Nations Development Progam (UNDP), The Palestinian Government represented by the ministries of Social Affairs, Planning, and Labor, and Palestinian civil society organizations. 

Contact details: 
Nasser Al-Faqih - Poverty Reduction Team Leader - UNDP/PAPP
Tel: +970 599 11 88 13, +972548174162
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Tuesday, 28 June 2016 22:44

The rural community of Birin, in the district of Hebron, Palestine located in a highly unstructured region due to the Israeli occupation, has large areas for agriculture and livestock (main occupation of the 80% of the local Bedouin population). On the other hand, their water resources are significant in an area where water is a scarce and much disputed resource. Birin has a large underused source of natural water and rainwater cisterns. The use of outdated farming techniques, the lack of water and lack of electrical systems for using advanced farming techniques limits the amount and quality of the products obtained. Moreover, the lack of basic services such as electricity supply and education, causes abandonment of land and displacement of population to the cities.

In order to improve the agriculture and livestock systems in the Bedouin community of Birin and, consequently, the quality of life of the inhabitants, in 2015 Trama Tecno Ambiental (TTA), an international consulting and engineering firm, with financial support of the Spanish Cooperation Agency and co-funding from the partners involved, introduced solar electrification and pumping to the area with agricultural improvements, dairy and wool production resources with the addition of new electrical inputs in the production process, or electric weaving machines as a basis for income generation for women.

3 micro grids with solar generation (MSG) provided electricity to cover the electricity needs of production, domestic power demand, the UNRWA school that also served as a local clinic, and the illumination of the streets of Birin. Thus, improving the quality of life and safety of the population and promoting improvement in the environment.

With a mixture of clustered and scattered buildings in the village, the solution is based on a combination of a solar PV micro-grids and individual PV micro power plants under the same operation scheme. The microgrids are composed of the PV generator (without diesel generator backup), which supplies an alternating current coupled with micro power plant with a battery storage and a battery inverter. The energy supply depends on the resource availability, the solution’s capacity and on the technical conditions of the area, thus ensuring that the limited solar resource is shared without conflicts.

The energy management in place is done using the TTA’s award winning Electricity Dispensers meter (Winner of the Off-Grid Experts Awards 2015), with a project-tailored tariff system to ensure a rational electricity supply and that equipment operates within safe technical thresholds. The tariff concept is the Energy Daily Allowance (TTA’s patented EDA tariff) meant to keep the electricity consumption within a certain range to strengthen the control and avoid overconsumption. The flat rate tariffs, fixed for consumption level (between 825 Wh/day and 1650 Wh/day for households) are pre-contracted and decided with community.

Owing to the solution implemented 36 families benefited from electrification of households and the whole community benefited from electrification of community buildings: the school and the center for community productive activities. To reach all dwellers a combination of technical solutions was implemented through a solar micro grid to supply the 26 interconnected families and communal services, plus 10 individual installations for the houses located further from the nucleus. All users remain under the same operation scheme, which eases the operation and maintenance of the system and is not exclusive to the village nucleus.

Partners: the Spanish Cooperation Agency, SEBA (non-profit organization, Spain), ERC (Energy Research Centre of the An-Najah University, Palestine) and UAWC (Union of Agricultural Work Committees, Palestine)

Budget: 100, 000 Euro 

Contact information:
Palestine, Hebron
Contact person: Maria Anzizu –TTA 
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Tuesday, 27 October 2015 22:31

Success of the Tunisian experience in terms of population, family planning and reproduction health is the output of a remarkably synchronized correlation between various political, legislative and socio-cultural factors: promulgation of the Personal Status Code in 1956, educational reform providing for free and equal access to education for boys and girls, granting women the juridical and social identity breaking with the single procreation and maternity role assigned to them that far ... etc. 

The South-South cooperation in terms of population and development has become since ICPD in 1994 and the 2000 Millennium Summit an essential strategic choice for countries of the South with experiences to share and for other countries willing to take profit of them in order to promote partnerships and improve socio-sanitary development programs. The creation of an inter-governmental organization to boost partnerships in the fields of population and development, the South-South Initiative largely contributed to institutionalizing cooperation between countries of the South and raised the interest of Northern countries and donor agencies to invest 

Tunisia, which was appointed in 1994 by UNFPA as a Center for Excellence in terms of population for Africa and the Arab World launched through ONFP several pilot initiatives to promote reproduction healthcare and family planning programs in neighboring countries. 

One of the most and unique example of the triangular cooperation project between Tunisia, France and Niger carried out in the sanitary district of Kollo near Niamey, reflects the success of this trilogy: transfer of the Tunisian experience, adaptation of a mobile strategy to the local context of Niger and the French technical and financial support. Making use of ONFP`s technical skills and expertise, this process was carefully duplicated by the World Bank in Chad, by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation in Mauritania and in Mali, by UNFPA in Djibouti as well as in several other Francophone African countries. 

Though it brings practical and rapid solutions to emerging questions related to health in general and reproductive healthcare in particular, Tunisia through its ONFP experts supported the governmental institution under the authority of the Nigerien Ministry of Public Health responsible for the Reproductive health -RH programme. To improve the RH/FP effectiveness, the Nigerien government entered into a South-South and triangular cooperation agreement with Tunisia and the French government. 

This approach through technical support set up a new strategy and a new approach in service provision, IEC (Information-Education-Communication), and management of activities: 

  1. Strengthening services through upgrading of equipment and the competence of the personnel, support was also provided for itinerant consultations which included vaccinations and family planning.
  2. To bring the services closer to the populations, a network of four mobile teams was set up to cater for the areas beyond the l5 km radius.
  3. Personalized education was brought closer to the different targets
  4. Maintaining religious proximity to combat impediments of a religious nature. 

The project achieved the following: 

47.7 percent in prenatal consultations; 21 percent in contraception prevalence & 8.5 percent in postnatal consultations. 100 percent of the health workers were trained and equipped and 60 percent of the population retained a good knowledge of RH and FP. 

  1. Tunisia experienced conditions in the 1960-1970`s similar to those of present-day Niger, and had the same socio-demographic indicators.
  2. The application of lessons learnt from a similar experience in Tunisia led in turn to perfect complementarities between the services provided by Tunisia and the needs to be addressed in the Kollo district. By applying the tried-and-tested model of u2018mobile clinics`, designating technical experts coming from similar rural working conditions, involving the community from the early stage, and incorporating religious and cultural leaders fully into the program, the project made full use of its South-South comparative advantage.
  3. Another exemplary aspect of the project was the scaling up of the cooperation to other regions, and the adoption, by the country, of a population policy that was in line with the national plan for reproductive health.
  4. The personnel involved throughout the project were motivated, enthusiastic and u2018owned` the project and this contributed greatly to its success.
  5. The project also mobilized other sponsors; UNICEF in particular supported the project through male nurses to carry out vaccinations, extending an opportunity for increased national ownership. The experience of the Kollo project has already been replicated in Chad and Mauritania, which have initiated a mobile strategy programme for RH/FP service delivery, with financial support from the World Bank and the Spanish Cooperation Agency. In both cases, the technical assistance was provided by the Tunisian Board of Family Planning. 

Budget: The budget require for similar partnership is US$ 50,000 

Contact details: 
Tunisia Address: National Office for the Family and population/ Centre International de Formation et de Recherche 
Dr Rym Esseghairi 
Tel: + 216 71 701555 + 216 98 46215 
Fax: + 216 71 704 599

Geographic focus: Nile Basin

Countries: Sudan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, D. R. Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Egypt and South Sudan

Thematic focus areas supported by the mechanism: Capacity Building activities to support Nile water professionals in different areas of the water sectors applying collaborative research and networking mechanisms.

The Nile Basin Capacity Building Network for River Engineering (NBCBN-RE) was initiated in the year 2000 to promote cooperation among the Nile basin countries, to strengthen the capacity of water professionals and to create an environment in which professionals from the water sector sharing the same river basin would have the possibility to exchange ideas, their best practices and lessons learned, through joint applied research on issues of common interest in the field of River Engineering. In January 2002 the NBCBN-RE was officially launched and defined by high-level professional representatives from all the Nile basin countries, who expressed their mission to level the playing field among the member countries and to ensure the free flow, sharing and transferring of information and knowledge. This regional Knowledge Network is fully owned by the Nile basin countries and aims at building the capacity of Water Sector professionals and institutions in the Nile Basin through collaborative research, training and education

Results to Date:

Network of more than 500 professionals (from the Nile basin), 9 nodes and in-country networks, 6 research clusters with 13 active research groups, 36 research reports, key group of high qualified coordinators in collaborative research coordination, Dynamic website with communication platform, Nile Basin knowledge Map, Network monitoring and evaluation system, Periodical Network newsletter and development of the Nile Water Science and Engineering Journal.

Countries that have benefited:

Egypt, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Web Link: 

Recent Annual Budget USD: 600,000

Total Budget USD: 600,000

Focal Point and Contact:
Dr. Amel M. Azab
NBCBN Manager
Nile Basin capacity Building Network (SEC-office),
Hydraulics Research Institute, NWRC, MWRI
13621, Delta Barrages, Cairo Egypt
Tel: +201003874571
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Sunday, 10 January 2016 21:23

Geographic focus: Bahrain

Thematic focus areas supported by the mechanism:

Establishing microfinance activity within two women-based NGOs, and created an enhanced environment for equitable job creation and sustainable economic growth by increasing the number of NGOs managing microfinance initiative with focus on targeting youth and women entrepreneurs

Steps/stages in practical application of the mechanism:

The Microfinance project (previously Micro-Start) was first initiated in 1999. As a new solution to include productive families into an institutional mechanism, whereby the participating family member becomes an entrepreneur, a new culture in a much more organized manner was developed. NGOs participating in the programme were subject to intense trainings, and manuals were developed to facilitate the process. As a result of almost a decade of support to the line ministry and NGOs, the Bahrain Central Bank of Bahrain has finally added a chapter on (Microfinance) officially regulating the industry. As such, two Microfinance Banks were established based on the availability of such regulation.

Results to Date:

The project, as a mechanism, has been implemented in Bahrain as part of a global UNDP/UNCDF initiative implemented in around twenty five countries worldwide. Through the participating NGOs, the project had reached out on aggregate to more than 7000 clients of which almost 50% or more are women and the same percentage for youth (under 45 years). Also, the two Women-based NGOs have achieved operational selfsufficiency with reasonable PAR indicators.

In an independent “Microfinance Market Research” study conducted on the project, women entrepreneurs accessing loans expressed a major change in their lives; now demanding access to convenient savings products to maintain the real value of their cash savings. Based on interviews with female clients and stories of success, women became more able to decide on their future, benefit their children in terms of food quantity and quality, access to health and education. The empowerment also reached NGOs that offer microcredit; now changed from a simple charity- based organization to a coherent management structure with proper institutional and market image.

UNDP and other Government line ministries in the Kingdom are examining the merits of utilizing the success created through access to Microfinance services for women to use the same venue in working with “Youth” within the age bracket of 15 – 29 years. Although the microfinance project outreach is more than 50% to borrowers under 45 years, the envisioned initiative would concentrate on an upper age bracket of 29 years. With a reconnaissance survey, the initiative should be able to depict in a clear manner the needs and wants of the Bahraini Youth and would blend financial with non-financial and coaching/advisory services needed by youth in building their lives.

Most Recent Annual Budget (USD): 340,000

Total Budget (USD): 730,280

Focal Point and Contact:
Ali Salman Programme Section
UNDP Bahrain - P.O. Box 26814
Manama - Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: +973 39766366
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Thursday, 25 June 2015 21:22

The mechanism is aimed to solve the problem of waste generated in small and medium-sized municipalities due to lack of a waste collection network and household waste recycling facilities.

The main objective of the establishing MENA network is to:

  1. Promote local manufacturing by upgrading the expertise and production means of artisans
  2. Improve the sustainability of household waste treatment in small and medium sized communities
  3. Improve the socioeconomic situation of a vulnerable segment of the population, while preserving the environment

Key achievements: 

  • Bring together metalworking artisans and engineers in order to improve their products and to adapt a new machines and equipment for the treatment of household waste
  • Provide a small and medium towns by machines and equipment for treatment of household waste to treatment waste centers (young or women entrepreneurs)
  • Add value to household waste by pre-treatment for recycling and by composting the biodegradable portion
  • Decrease the transport costs by pre-treatment of recyclable portion from collecting points to recycling industry

The mechanism offers for replication: 

  • Development of the methodology of selecting the metalworking artisans, their supervision and how the collaborative work should be done between artisans and engineers
  • Development of set of machines and equipments easy to manufacture locally and adapted to small and medium communities needs and capacities. 

Partners: UNIDO, IAV Hassan II (Rabat, Morocco) (Technical assistance), Enda Maghreb (Morocco) (Coordination and monitoring)

Contact details: 
IAV Hassan II, Dpt Energy and Machinery
BP 6202, 10101 Rabat, Morocco
BOURARACH El Hassane, Professor, Director of Agricultural Engineering School (IAV Hassan II)
Tel: +212 6 61 07 64 02
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