Decent Life initiative has changed the face of life in villages and the countryside nationwide. The initiative aims to provide thousands of job opportunities to support youth, establish industrial complexes in different governorates and achieve economic development with investments exceeding LE 700 billion.
A Decent Life initiative aims to develop Egyptian villages and rural areas, and provide sustainable job opportunities for young people, through the establishment of industrial complexes, and work on the civil rehabilitation of the residents of these villages. It also seeks to support youth, reduce internal migration, increase employment and work to achieve economic development.
The government has allocated investments exceeding LE 700 billion over a period of three years to develop the villages most in need.
It is expected that by the end of this year, the development of services for about 375 villages will be completed, and the coverage rate will become 17 percent of the population.
The government has implemented a large number of social housing projects. More than 400,000 housing units have been implemented at a cost of LE 51 billion.
The initiative has succeeded in providing housing worthy of citizens since its launch in 2019 until now. Then, the government launched the “Housing for All Egyptians” initiative, through which housing units are implemented for low and middle income segments, by providing financing estimated at LE 60 billion from the Central Bank to implement housing units of the initiative.
As a continuation of the efforts made on the ground, the campaign “By awareness… Egypt is changing for the better”, which is implemented in partnership between the Ministry of Social Solidarity and A Decent Life Foundation, within the framework of the national project for the development of Egyptian rural villages A Decent Life, is a new step to spread awareness and stimulate services in all villages across Egypt.
It aims to raise awareness of a number of issues, namely early and inbreeding, population growth, early childhood development and women’s economic empowerment. The first phase begins in four governorates: Beni Suef, Minya, Assiut, Sohag, and it is expected to target 15,000 families.
With regard to providing job opportunities for young people in various sectors nationwide, the Enterprise Development Authority has made and is still making great efforts in this regard.
A detailed study was also completed in 52 targeted centers in the first phase of the initiative, in addition to signing a protocol between the Medium and Small Enterprises Development Authority and the Ministry of Agriculture to support and finance livestock projects.
It aims to pump LE 1.4 billion, finance 60,000 projects and provide 100,000 jobs. It pumped LE 424.6 million into the targeted villages during the period from January to the end of July 2021, financed 15,704 micro-projects with a value of LE 307 million, and provide 26,348 job opportunities.
The second phase of A Decent Life initiative includes the development of 1,381 villages in 22 governorates: Assiut, Sohag, Minya, Qena, Aswan, Luxor, New Valley, Fayoum, Beni Suef, Sharqiya, Qalyubia, Dakahlia, Menoufia, Gharbia, Alexandria, Ismailia, Damietta, Kafr El-Sheikh, Giza and Beheira.
It reflects the government’s interest in implementing local development plans, and sponsoring the most needy groups, and providing them with the necessary assistance to raise the economic, social and environmental level of families in poor villages, and enable them to obtain all essential services.
The initiative also aims at the establishment of industrial zones to promote small and medium enterprises, developing health units, raising the efficiency of the irrigation network of canals and drains, agricultural development and veterinary services, and establishing a series of advanced milk collection centers.
Moreover, Decent Life initiative makes the Egyptian countryside attractive for investments such as the establishment of storage warehouses. The packaging of agricultural products leads to lowering their cost, as they are currently transported to warehouses outside the villages and redistributed again to the governorates, causing their prices to rise.
The first phase of the initiative – which kicked off in July 2019 until the end of 2020 – included 143 villages in 46 centres in about 11 governorates, bringing the number of beneficiaries to 1.8 million.
Assessing the impact of the initiative on achieving the sustainable development goals; The Ministry’s report said that “A Decent life” was able to achieve several achievements in terms of the third, fourth, sixth, eighth, and eleventh goals.