Thursday, 25 June 2015 11:36

The horizontal cooperation between Albania and Tunisia was done under the framework of the Knowledge Management Facility (KMF) on youth employment and migration. The KMF was established to promote cross-country sharing of experience, information, data and tools. It is instrumental to identify and document successful practices involving the design, monitoring and evaluation of youth employment and migration programmes. In addition, it builds a body of evidence to support policy dialogue and programme development on youth employment and migration issues. Among the knowledge-sharing tools used by the KMF are face-to-face workshops, e-helpdesk, virtual forums and online discussions. These tools have contributed to the following: enabled joint programmes to interact and exchange information on the technical areas covered by their programmes; established a community of practice to share knowledge, lessons learnt and good practices; made available policy tools developed by the various national and international partners; and supported the exchange of lessons on how to ensure the sustainability of results.

In Albania, Territorial Employment Pacts pooled local resources to ease the transition of young workers from the informal to the formal economy. An articulated social dialogue focused on decent work principles was expected to support the implementation of National Action Plans for Youth employment. Territorial Employment Pacts for Youth (Y-TEP) in Albania, were developed to implement decent work objectives for youth in consultation with representatives of workers, employers and civil society organizations. Information campaigns and training activities were organized to increase young people`s awareness about their rights at work.

Tunisia, following Albania`s experience of Territorial Youth Employment Pacts, developed the Regional Action Plans for Youth Employment (PARE) in three targeted governorates, El Kef, Gafsa and Arianna. The three PARE were defined as the proposed strategic actions that needed to be undertaken to improve the employment situation of young people in these vulnerable regions. Public-Private consultation platforms were established to develop PARE and resource mobilization was launched at the regional/local level for the first time. The initiative was proved as a successful experience in the context of the post-revolutionary transition.

The Territorial Employment Pact for Youth (Y-TEP) /Regional Action Plans for Youth Employment (PARE) represent an institutional innovation based on negotiated planning, where different actors at the local level (local authorities, public employment services, business associations, trade unions, cultural and environmental associations, professional bodies, financial institutions, private enterprises) assume complimentary roles and responsibilities in the achievement of youth employment objectives. Regional Employment Boards identify local youth employment needs, design interventions to promote the generation of youth employment and/or the shifting of informal young workers to the formal economy, and mobilize financial resources.

The Y-TEP in the Kukes Region established six service lines to ease the transition to the formal economy: 

  1. entrepreneurship and business advisory services with a particular focus on women;
  2. skills training grants;
  3. access to credit opportunities;
  4. subsidized employment;
  5. organization building and
  6. regulatory environment. 

Over 40 partners signed the Kukes Y-TEP, committing to the implementation of the aforementioned service lines. By the end of the joint programme, over 900 young people had benefitted from the Y-TEP interventions and the experience was being replicated in two other regions of Albania. In Tunisia, the Ministry of Employment decided to enlarge the initiative nationwide to better help targeting geographical disparities (the cause of the civil uprising); for the first time, the committees at the regional level, directly mobilized resources to implement priorities that were agreed in each of the PARE. 

Partners: ILO, National Authorities: Minister of Vocational Training and Employment; Local authorities: (Regional Councils, Regional Development Offices, Municipalities, delegations) Unions and Org. Employers (UTICA, UGTT, UTAP) Regional agencies of the central institutions: Regional Directorate for Agriculture APIA, APII ANGED CEPEX ONA, PCG, etc.) NGOs and donors working in the same area (UNDP, GIZ, etc.)

Contact details: 
Residence Ines, 1er etage; Avenue de la Bourse. Les Jardins du Lac II - Tunis (Tunisia)
Ms. Paz Arancibia, ILO Chief Technical Adviser- Youth Employment Expert
Tel: +216 71192119
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Thursday, 25 June 2015 11:29

Tunisian enjoys a sunshine level that is highly favorable to concoct solutions based on solar energy and hence comes the development of the solar water heaters market. This market is perfectly substitute classic means of water heating using conventional energies whose cost has increased in recent year (electricity, LPG, natural Gas). 

To increase the share of solar water heaters in the Tunisian residential sector and to accelerate the development of the solar water heater (SWH) in the market the PROSOL project was initiated in 2005 by the Tunisian Minister for Industry, the National Agency for Energy Conservation (ANME) and Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (STEG), with the support of a special government finance initiative. 

PROSOL is a large scale comprehensive scheme for disseminating solar water heating systems proposing an attractive financing facility for end users, combined with an accreditation scheme for suppliers/installers and SWH products, as well as monitoring procedures to ensure the quality and reliability of systems that are disseminated through the PROSOL program.

PROSOL has decisively led to a new scaling within the Tunisian market of solar water heaters and contributed to the achievement of the following results: 

  • An increase of a specific indicator to achieve 63 m2/1000 inhabitants in 2012 against 12 m2/1000 inhabitants in 2004 before program PROSOL.;
  • An increase in supply (44 suppliers, 500 accredited fitters);
  • The developments of local manufacturers (10 companies);
  • Creation of employment (6,000 jobs)

Given the successes of the approach adopted by the PROSOL program, similar procedures were adopted to promote new domains of renewable energies such as the electric PROSOL (solar rooftops connected to the grid). 


Tunisian Ministry of Industry, National Agency of Energy Conservation (ANME), Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (STEG), ATTIJARI Bank, the National Chamber of renewable Energies, Tunisian Consumer Defense Organization, Suppliers and installer

Contact details: 
Administrative city at Montplaisir
Avenue of Japan Tunis
Tel: 00 216 71 904 496
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Thursday, 25 June 2015 11:24

The Solar Heating Arab Mark and Certification Initiative (SHAMCI) of the League of Arab States is the first Arab quality certification program of solar thermal products and services in the Arab region. The project provides a regional industrial and regulatory compliance framework for policy makers, industrial sector, and end-consumers. The project promotes adopting standard quality measures, accreditation systems and quality labels across the Arab region.

The SHAMCI, the Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO), and the Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) are in the process of establishing a regional certification scheme for Solar Water Heating (SWH).

The Arab Ministerial Council of Electricity (AMEC) of the League of Arab States has endorsed SHAMCI and accepted its certification rules. The SHAMCI has been recognized as the Middle East and North Africa Region certification system by the Global Certification for Solar Thermal Product.

SHAMCI is natively-built to benefit solar thermal products and services consumers, manufacturers and authorities in the Arab region. SHAMCI labeled products combine international standards with regional specific characteristics assuring products high quality, safety, reliability, durability and high performance.

Adopting SHAMCI helps authorities to:

  • Improve customer confidence
  • Facilitate trade barriers and regional collaboration
  • Streamline compliance monitoring
  • Create jobs
  • Promote industrial quality standards compliance.

Adopting SHAMCI helps solar thermal product manufacturers to:

  • Offer high quality products at reasonable costs
  • Improve visibility to SWH customers
  • Achieve operational economies of scale
  • Simplify test procedures at lower costs.
  • Develop new markets and create export opportunities

Adopting SHAMCI helps solar thermal product consumers to:

  • Identify high-quality products easily
  • Assure safety, durability, and reliability
  • Compare seller prices through standard product features


The League of Arab States (LAS), Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO),

Contact details: 
Mazen Chanar
Shamci Program Manager
Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)
Hydro Power Building (7th Floor)
Block 11 - Piece 15, Melsa District
Ard El Golf, Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt
Tel :+20 224154755 (Ext 113)
Mob: +20 1200453776
Fax :+20 24154661
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Thursday, 21 January 2016 11:09

HarassMap is an award-winning volunteer-based initiative founded in late 2010 to build a society that guarantees the safety of all people from sexual and gender based violence. HarassMap was born as a response to the persistent problem of sexual harassment on the streets of Egypt, to which society has become increasingly tolerant. It is the first independent initiative to work on the issue.

HarassMap was launched in December 2010, concurrently with the release of ‘678’, a landmark feature film about sexual harassment. The starting point was to use the online reporting and mapping technology to support an offline community mobilization effort to break stereotypes, stop making excuses for perpetrators, and to convince people to speak out and act against harassment.

The solution works to create an environment where sexual harassment is not tolerated by convincing bystanders and institutions to stand up to sexual harassment before or when they see it happen. This way, by taking a collective stand against sexual harassment, it aims to create social and legal consequences that discourage harassing behavior and seriously reduce it.

The HarassMap is based on Frontline SMS and Ushahidi – free software that can be linked together to make an anonymous reporting and mapping system for harassment. It uses online reports and maps them to show people the scale of the problem and to dispel myths about, and excuses for, sexual harassment – like for example that ‘how women dress’ or ‘sexual frustration’ are reasons and excuses for sexual harassment.

The volunteers all over Egypt go into their own neighborhoods to convince people in the streets to stand up to sexual harassment. Using evidence from our reports and communications campaigns to respond to the excuses people make for harassers, the volunteers aim to motivate a critical mass of bystanders to stand up to harassers, changing the social norm in the street. The solution also recruits “Safe Areas partners” and support them in enforcing a zero-tolerance policy against sexual harassment in their space – shop, café, vehicle, or university, as part of our Safe Schools and Universities, Safe Areas and Safe Corporates programs.

The reports, researches and experiences from on-the-ground work to create communications campaigns to dispel myths about sexual harassment, change perceptions that place blame on the harassed, and mobilize people to take positive action against sexual harassment that happens to them or others. The solution also works to steer the media discourse on the issue towards a facts-based positive discussion of what needs to be done to end the sexual harassment epidemic.

As a result of enormous efforts, over the last years, sexual harassment has evolved from being a taboo topic to one that is being widely discussed and tackled by a new crop of independent initiatives. More women are also speaking up about their experiences, and reporting incidents to the police. HarassMap has partnered with Cairo University – the largest university in Egypt - to adopt and implement an anti-sexual harassment policy at the university.

The HarrasMap was awarded with the World Summit Youth Award (2011), Deutsche Welle Best of the Blogs (BOBs) award for “Best Use Of Technology For Social Good 2012”, Cairo University Recognition Award and many others. 

Since the initiation, activists from at least 25 different countries have asked for help to set up similar initiatives in their home countries.


Cairo University, Megakheir (TA Telecom), Goethe Institute in Cairo, Ushahidi, International Development Research Centre (Canada), GIZ (Germany), local anti-sexual harassment initiatives, Nijel (US).

Contact details:
Egypt, Cairo
Person: Reem Wael, Director
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Friday, 26 June 2015 10:59

Egypt produces about 20 million tons per annum of Iron and Steel through 10 major companies resulting in about 2.5 million tons of slag (around 8 % of steel production) as a byproduct of the production process which has significant environmental and economical burden for the iron and steel sector. Once scorned as a useless by-product, it is now accepted and, often, preferred and specified as it is known to be a valuable material with many and variable applications.

The project is aimed to contribute to the solution of the problem of slag waste from the iron and steel Industry taking a case study of one company which produces about million tons of iron and steel per year with around 90 -100 thousand tons/year of slag. On the other hand, the project is intended to build a pilot road with a use of slag in the three layers of the road (sub-base, base course, surface layers). 

The project has assisted to the iron and steel sector in Egypt to identify and implement an appropriate industrial application solution for slag problem and contributed to raising awareness among the competent stakeholders on the requirements for applying slag in road construction instead of natural materials.

The solution has brought changes to the conventional way of iron and steel production with a delivery of impacts in three areas: 

  1. Environmental Benefits:
    • Re-use of industrial waste as raw materials in the process of road construction
    • Reduce the accumulation of solid waste in the iron and steel companies, which is considered a national problem
    • Improve the working environment by reducing emissions generated by the accumulation of slag
    • Natural Resources Conservation
  2. Economic Benefits:
    • Reuse of non-valuable slag as valuable aggregate in road construction
    • Minimize big area occupied by this huge amount of slag and reuse it with saving 2 million pounds annually from using the land within the company yard for other purposes instead of using it for storage of slag
    • Solve the national problem of accumulation of slag from all iron and steel companies
    • Eliminate dumping cost and raise the quality of roads and reduce the maintenance costs of roads
    • Reduce the costs of safe disposal of waste slag by an estimated 10 million pounds annually
    • Saving of natural resources such as limestone and dolomite used traditionally in road construction
    • Improve the working environment by reducing emissions generated by the accumulation of slag
  3. Social Benefits:
    • Providing low - cost solution for road construction especially in low-income villages
    • Creation of SMEs for the preparation and using of slag in road construction.

The project represents an illustrative example of an exchange of expertise and know-how of: 

  • Building technical capacity for national expert for using iron and steel slag in road construction
  • Development of business model of cooperation between public, private and technical institutions for waste management projects
  • Development of standards for slag use in construction as a valuable material.

Egypt National Cleaner Production Center - Ministry of Industry and Trade, National Roads and Bridges Authority, Road Construction Companies, Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, Egyptian Standardization Organization, Iron and Steel Company 

Contact details: 
Ali Abo Sena
ENCPC Director 
Egypt National Cleaner Production Centre (ENCPC) at the Ministry of Industry and Foreign Trade
Part of UNIDO/UNEP Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) Network 
26 A Sherif Street, Emobillia Building, 5th Floor, Down Town, Cairo, Egypt 
Tel: +2 02 239 16 15 4
Fax:+2 02 239 25 984
Mobile :+2 0100 290 7727
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Thursday, 25 June 2015 10:53

The solution finds a way to integrate green policies and simultaneously create knowledge hubs and research material to reinforce public governance and policy decision-making in Egypt through disseminating information about green technologies and the benefits of coupling economic and environmental considerations within the context of a "green economy".

The green economy success stories research report of Egypt supports the government and creates an inclusive community dialogue to showcase the benefits of green business ventures as well as reinforcing the facilitating role that the government should play in supporting green projects. The report showcases 8 selected case studies to highlight the opportunities and challenges regarding green initiatives and presents the government with the necessary solutions to foster a national transition to a green economy. In addition, prior research has been done to identify success stories of sustainable entrepreneurship in the Arab Mediterranean countries.

The solution has achieved the followings:

  1. The report has been a significant policy-lobbying document for decision makers to harness political and public consensus on the definition and importance of green business programmes and initiatives.
  2. It has provided needs assessment of the current challenges and policy gaps faced by businesses and green initiatives.
  3. The report has underscored the importance of the role of the government in engaging different community stakeholders in the design and implementation of a green economy related policy framework.
  4. It has positively showcased that ventures which adopt green environmental standards could grow into successful and profitable business models capable of replication and scalability.
  5. It demonstrates the potential of creating green jobs through successful and profitable business initiatives which will contribute in addressing one of Egypt most pressing and chronic problems.

The important message delivered by the research is that the Green businesses have the ability to be profitable through adopting innovative technologies, and consolidating environmental and business considerations thus generating green jobs that will mostly benefit young people.

The success stories can be used as lobbying and evidence-based material on the success of green related initiatives with governmental institutions and investment organizations such as banks to provide the required funds for young people to start their own green businesses.

The sustainable entrepreneurship research has provided excellent examples for job creation that can be replicated in other countries by:

  • Showcasing the applicability and success of green projects and ventures
  • Demonstrating the positive role that the government can play in supporting green related policies
  • Presenting employment opportunities and new skills acquired by involved entities.


  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UNEP/MAP Cleaner Production / Regional Activity Center
  • Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE), Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs of Egypt

Contact details: 
CEDARE - Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region & Europe
Hossam Hallam, Regional Programme Manager, Strategic Concerns Programme
Tel: (202)-24513921/2/3/4 ext:666 / +20-100-5840814
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Thursday, 25 June 2015 10:46

The solution promotes women's and marginalized people's right to adequate housing by developing new mechanisms and approaches to accelerate gender-inclusive housing policy and to build the capacity of the key NGOs.

The solution's objectives are:

  • To create a platform to support a policy dialogue and coordination amongst development actors to collect, document and build on good practices and lessons learned from field experiences related to achieving the right of universal access to decent housing.
  • To generate and disseminate research, training modules, resource materials and tools to support the use of gender and Rights Based Approach (RBA) to analyze and formulate policies related to the universal access to decent housing
  • To strengthen the capacity of NGOs and actors to make policy analysis and formulation towards adopting gender and RBA through practical learning initiatives.

Through national consultative meetings with stakeholders and actors in the housing field in Tunisia, Egypt and in the regional Conference "Gender and human rights mainstreaming in housing policies: knowledge production and experiences and best practices exchange held on 5-6 June 2013 in Hammamet, Tunisia, the project has increased mutual understanding and collaboration among CSOs, the government agencies and other stakeholders working to promote access to decent housing rights.

The Project has shared experiences and best practices in the field of housing right of marginalized groups through compilation of two country studies on housing policy in Egypt and Tunisia.

To strengthen the capacity of main stakeholders in policy making the Project has developed:

  • Policy guidelines targeting policy and decision makers;
  • Manual targeting civil society organizations and professionals;
  • Training manual on methodology and check list to analyze housing policy.

The Project has achieved the followings:

  • Operationalized new mechanisms and approaches in enabling poor and marginalized people to access decent housing.
  • Awareness and understanding of the concepts and tools for gender and human right mainstreaming in housing policies reinforced.
  • Space of dialogue and coordination established between the main actors in housing field in order to formulate housing policies sensitive to the gender and human rights approach.
  • Enhanced capacity of CSOs (44 participants from 18 NGOs) in the area of housing policy analysis due to two training sessions implemented in two countries.
  • Evidence based awareness and understanding of the role of policy analysis at the national and local levels in enjoying the right of accessing to decent housing reinforced

Partners: The Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR), the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS) and CARE Egypt

Contact details: 
Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR)  
PO BOX 105 Citu00e9 El Khadra 1003 Tunis, Tunisia
Mohamed Slim Hedhli, Projects Coordinator 
Tel: 00216 97 376 540
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Thursday, 25 June 2015 09:43

Geographic focus: Egypt and Brazil 

Steps/stages in practical application of the mechanism:

The mechanism represented by the Ministry of Welfare and Social Security is a governance body and one of the key sectors of the state. It represents the social sector and works in the fields of social work according to the terms of reference and objectives assigned and according to the national vision by its government. It works with civil society, and has relationship with national, regional and international organizations, representing Sudan in international and regional forums. The ministry implements its work through the General Directorate of external cooperation, by coordinating the work of the ministry with external agencies to strengthen the bonds of external cooperation in order to create a favourable international environment for social development. To achieve the objectives of the millennium development goals (in particular), the  mechanism participated in several events under the framework of South-South Cooperation, for example: Participation at the second meeting of Ministers Responsible for Social Affairs and Development, invoking the main agenda to reduce poverty and such agenda was included in a statement read at the Doha summit in March 2009.

It also included participation in the Summit of Arab States and South American countries in May 2005, a meeting of the heads of governments of South American and Arab countries in Brasilia which aimed at strengthening relations between the two regions and increase their cooperation and partnership for development, justice and world peace, according to certain grounds. 

Results to Date:

  1. Implementation of the Brazilian Basic Income direct support project for the poor, which directly benefited more than the 2,500,000 poor families in Sudan.
  2. Issued the first Human Development Report in Sudan report that focused on the disparaging gaps in both health and education services and income.
  3. There are many financial resources aiding to fund this programme including: The Ministry of Finance, a specific budget for the poor from the Zakat Chamber and the International NGOs and UN agencies.

Focal Point and Contact:
Amal Abdelaziz Sayed
International Corporation Directorate
Ministry of Welfare and Social Security
Gamaa Street, Sudan
Tel: +249923349992
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Thursday, 25 June 2015 21:26

Geographic focus: Morocco, Mauritania, Gabon and Senegal

Thematic focus areas/sectors/practices supported by the mechanism:

Sharing of common mechanisms allowing for improved coordination of international cooperation notably decentralised. Better understanding of the political intervention of the different partners in support of decentralization and local development with a view to transfer good practice and mutual learning between neighbouring countries.

Steps/stages in practical application of the mechanism:

  1. Signing of the Convention of South-South Cooperation Partnership between the 4 countries.
  2. Elaboration of a joint work plan that has established a flexible South-South cooperation system as according to its latest Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)for 2011 2012. Such MOU includes: sharing of experiences in SSC exchange, expert exchange, setting up of knowledge networks between the countries using local level governance and local strategic planning.
  3. Organisation of a mission to Mauritania (Presenting Moroccan expertise in capacity building of local authorities).
  4. Organisation of a mission to Gabon (Supporting local planning and development guidelines for international cooperation),

Results to Date:


  1. A participatory benchmarking exercise of existing trainings in Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal and Gabon.
  2. Based on initial results, a set of good practices was identified and a first draft of the Training Plan of Mauritanian actors for decentralization was developed.
  3. As according to the 20112015- Strategic Plan for Management and Training of Administrators and Technical Staff of Local Authorities within the Ministry of Interior (DFCAT); 

Commitment from both DFCAT/Local Government in Morocco to support the process 

  1. development of a Training Catalogue/identification of training needs,
  2. elaboration of an Monitoring and Evaluation training plan and
  3. implementing training of trainers.


  1. Members of the National Executive of the Unit Programme and Provinces/Local Branch Groups were trained on the development of the guidelines and the mobilization of decentralized cooperation.
  2. A draft of the guidelines for pilot provinces was developed.
  3. A Roadmap for the guidelines for the ART Gold UNDP initiative for Gabon was developed (Articulating Territorial and Thematic Networks, Governance and Local Development).
  4. A training tool kit on the local programming cycle was shared.

Focal Point and Contact:
Bachir Mokrane
Governance Team
UNDP Morocco
13 Rue Ahmed Balafrej, Rabat, Morocco.
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Thursday, 18 June 2015 21:18

Expert Exchange Mechanism Egypt

Geographic focus: E-9 countries (the nine most heavily populated developing countries, which are: Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan)

Thematic focus areas/sectors/practices supported by the mechanism:

The focus of the mechanism is the 6 Education for All (EFA) goals. Each year focuses on a specific theme related to one of the goals.

Steps/stages  in practical application of the mechanism:

Within the follow-up activities for the E9 initiative and following the Seventh E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting on Education for All, Bali, March 2008, a study mission for a delegation of Nigerian Ministry of Education senior officials was endorsed by the Egyptian Ministry of Education and took place in July of 2008 under the theme of `Improvement of Teachers` Education and Training as a Focus of Education`.

The overarching aim was strengthening bilateral cooperation between Egypt and Nigeria while sharing best practices, lessons learned and success stories in the field of the use of information and communication technology in teacher training and education.

Objectives of the mission included:

  1. Exposing Nigerian delegates to the Egyptian experience in use of video conferencing for training and other innovations in teacher training.
  2. Familiarizing Nigerian delegation with the training center setting through visit to training centers.

Results to Date:

Nigeria: The results of the mission included:

  1. Bilateral cooperation between Egypt and Nigeria strengthened
  2. Nigerian delegate's capacities built through exposure to innovations in the field of teacher training with particular emphasis on video conferencing and websites preparations.
  3. Nigerian delegates familiarized with the training centre setting.

Focal Point and Contact:
Ghada Gholam
Education Officer
8 Abdel Rahman Fahmy Street, Garden City, Cairo, Egypt
Tel: +2-02-27943036
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The initiative was designed as a multi-country-pilot initiative aiming to economically and socially empower women living and/or affected by Human Immunity Virus (HIV) in Arab States through micro-lending based Income Generating Activities (IGAs), Leadership and Vocational Training. 

In the context of HIV, the combination of women`s lower social status, including lack of access to education and information, and their limited ability to control decisions about their lives has made them increasingly vulnerable to infection in many countries, including in the Arab region. 

According to UNICEF women and girls represented 2/3 of the people living with HIV (PLWH) aged 15-24 in 2009 and it is estimated that 80% of women living with HIV in the Arab region have been infected within the bond of marriage. The Arab region is the second lowest region in the world on the Gender Empowerment Measurement (GEM), reflecting the vulnerable situation that women face when it comes to HIV infection and AIDS related stigma. 

The Karama initiative is implemented through the following pathways:

  • No one `fits all model` - Solution `profile and maturity` depend on country context (e.g in Algeria, initiative aligned with National Strategic Plan of Fight Against HIV/Aids, which underscores microcredit for PLWH)
  • National-Local Ownership: Importance of strong local actors/CSOs with deep knowledge of community, people needs, challenges and opportunities: In Egypt, WHIA (Women Health Improvement Association) was able to explore the integration of PLWH into its services nation-wide.
  • PLWH Participation and Leadership - Trust-building (CSOs/PLWH) - Some partner CSOs in Yemen and Djibouti are run by PLWH
  • Integrated approaches: combining micro-lending/IGAs with vocational/business/project management training, psycho-sociological support, access to treatment-health and other services (e.g in Algeria and Lebanon)
  • Networking and broad based Partnerships (CSOs, Government (national/local), Private Sector, and other Development Partners): in Algeria, El Hayet partners with the Ministries of Health, of Solidarity, of Vocational Training and the national Agency of Microcredit).

Through regional knowledge exchange and workshops the initiative has mobilized the civil society (17 CSOs to date, both HIV thematic and non-HIV thematic) in addressing the special needs of PLWH, particularly women, in the region and thus, has contributed to challenging attitudes and perceptions about PLWH.

To empower PLWH economically and socially the initiative has provided micro-loans (200USD to 4000USD), vocational training, marketing campaigns and life-skills training that led to 300 micro-projects/IGAs being implemented. Although there are substantial differences between countries, 60% of beneficiaries of IGAs at regional level are women.

First implemented in Egypt, Djibouti and Yemen, nowadays the Karama initiative has reached over 1300 beneficiaries in various communities across 7 countries of the region, namely Egypt, Djibouti, Yemen, Tunisia, Algeria, Lebanon and Jordan. 

The initiative has been instrumental in enhancing welfare of beneficiaries and affected families and, critically in reducing stigma, evident from improved family relationships and a powerful sense of integration within their communities. 


UNDP, UN Women, other partners to ensure cross-fertilization of knowledge and experience among participating countries and CSO partners

Contact details: 

Nathalie Milbach
Poverty Practice Leader, UNDP Regional Center Cairo
Tel: +2 010 66558411
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Alyaa Nabil, 
Practice Associate, HIV Practice in the Arab States, UNDP Regional Center Cairo
Tel: +2 012 21634775
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Wednesday, 20 April 2016 20:48

In Egypt, public education is not always affordable for poor families and insufficient to fully develop children.  In 2010, a small group of young Egyptians started a fundraising initiative to reinstate financially underprivileged children in, an underprivileged neighborhood in Giza governorate, back to school. Shortly after, it turned into Educate Me, a non-profit foundation that aspires to redefine education in Egypt through developing and delivering a self-directed learning program for children that empowers them to pursue their dreams.

Educate Me’s has developed the learner-centered skills-based educational model that works on developing children’s knowledge skills and values. The model incorporates ‘global 21st century skills, values extracted from local communities, and standards from the Egyptian national educational system’ together and develops curricula for Children ages 4-12. The model is implemented directly in the form of preschools and primary community schools which Educate Me launched in underprivileged areas in Egypt where this model is tested and perfected and from which best practices are generated for replication on larger scale. Educate Me also builds the capacities of public school teachers through its professional development journey’s carried out in public schools across the country thus spreading our model and best practices on a wider scale.

Schoolchildren are empowered by skills and values they need to not only survive & grow in the 21st century but also to put them on the path towards self-actualization, thus children become:

  • Aware of their identities, their beliefs and their desires and conscious of their potentials and limitations.
  • Making choices that are aligned with that awareness, maximizing their potential and that of others.
  • Taking action to fight for what they want and reflecting on what they have reached in their path towards fulfilling their potential and that of others.

The model was first implemented in Talbeya and later expanded to other schools in Cairo and Giza. In 2015, Educate Me took the first steps towards extending its unique educational model nationwide by establishing a community school as well as growing our teacher training arm to develop teachers in schools & educational facilities around Egypt.

The model received a number of awards; among them are Ashoka Innovation Network Challenge Award, December 2010 and King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation and Achievement, May 2013.

The Learning Model can be replicated and contextualized in other developing countries in need to build the all-inclusive educational system.  Through incorporating 21st century skills, which are applicable to any educational system and needed by every child to be able to cope in today’s global world, with values extracted from local communities and the nation’s own literacy standards.

The model is also entirely belt on local resources and expertise, and is designed to be entirely run and lead by community members making it both cost-effective and sustainable.

Budget: the model is cost effective, relying primarily on resources from local communities, facilitators are hired and trained from communities where we operate, learning materials can be recycle and it only requires a safe and child friendly physical space from classrooms. Accordingly, the biggest cost items are space and human resources. 

Contact details:  
Address: 385, Ramsees St., Abbaseya, Cairo, Egypt
Contact person: Ms. Noor El-Tahan
Marketing & Partnerships Officer
Phone: (+20) 24677032
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