Who We Are

Who We Are

The Egypt Network for Integrated Development (ENID/El Nidaa) was conceived as a comprehensive five-year initiative that started in April 2012 as an output under a project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with Egypt’s Ministry of International Cooperation. It was extended into a second five-year period (2017-2021), ensuring that the project continued to build on the successful lessons learnt in its first phase.

 

The purpose of the initiative has been to address vital challenges to economic development, with a specific focus on poverty reduction and employment generation in Upper Egypt. ENID/El Nidaa program activities are integrated. They have focused on one typical and economically underdeveloped governorate in Upper Egypt, namely Qena, so as to increase the probability of success and the likelihood that pilot interventions could then be duplicated in other provinces.

 

Qena lies on a 165 km stretch of the Nile Valley, between Luxor and Sohag governorates, with a population of 3 million. It is home to 166 villages of which 62 are among Egypt’s 1000 poorest villages identified by Egypt’s Poverty Map. Other than agriculture, resources are few and underexploited. Basic services are poor and underdeveloped. Qena’s agricultural base provides significant room for vertical and horizontal expansion, going up the value chain towards food processing and exporting high value crops, as well as exploiting the desert fringe (zaheer sahrawi). The entrepreneurial and employment potential of local MSMEs is vastly underutilized and has the possibility to become a real engine of growth.

Our Approach

The Egypt Network for Integrated Development (ENID/El Nidaa) was conceived as a comprehensive five-year initiative that started in April 2012 as an output under a project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with Egypt’s Ministry of International Cooperation. It was extended into a second five-year period (2017-2021), ensuring that the project continued to build on the successful lessons learnt in its first phase.

 

The purpose of the initiative has been to address vital challenges to economic development, with a specific focus on poverty reduction and employment generation in Upper Egypt. ENID/El Nidaa program activities are integrated. They have focused on one typical and economically underdeveloped governorate in Upper Egypt, namely Qena, so as to increase the probability of success and the likelihood that pilot interventions could then be duplicated in other provinces.

 

Qena lies on a 165 km stretch of the Nile Valley, between Luxor and Sohag governorates, with a population of 3 million. It is home to 166 villages of which 62 are among Egypt’s 1000 poorest villages identified by Egypt’s Poverty Map. Other than agriculture, resources are few and underexploited. Basic services are poor and underdeveloped. Qena’s agricultural base provides significant room for vertical and horizontal expansion, going up the value chain towards food processing and exporting high value crops, as well as exploiting the desert fringe (zaheer sahrawi). The entrepreneurial and employment potential of local MSMEs is vastly underutilized and has the possibility to become a real engine of growth.

 

ENID/ El Nidaa is currently into its second five-year phase (starting January 2017). It will continue to build on its area-based integrated development approach that has included activities to promote young men and women’s economic empowerment in selected marginalized areas of Upper Egypt.

During implementation, ENID/El Nidaa has cooperated with local NGOs and Community Development Associations (CDAs) to carry out the field initiatives. Through this process, the project established over 40 partnership agreements with local NGOs/CDAs as well as protocols for cooperation with 11 government ministries/agencies. Phase Two of the project is building upon these past strategic partnerships, local networks and project designs.

Our Beneficiaries

ENID/El Nidaa has completed Phase I and consolidated its interventions in all of its three programs: It has worked in 42 villages with the goal to reach 45 by 2017. Each intervention has benefitted from a minimum one full year of study in which market, technology and training requirements were determined. Since its project inception, ENID/El Nidaa has provided support to a total of 4,431 beneficiaries in its four programs components and has created a total of 1,477 job opportunities. The MSMEs and entrepreneurship component has supported 939 beneficiaries and created 724 jobs, the sustainable agriculture component has supported 2,671 beneficiaries and created 717 jobs, and the basic services component has supported 821 beneficiaries and created 36 jobs.

Our Management

From the outset, the initiative has benefited from the voluntary contribution of  Founding Members, all of whom are experts in their respective fields of economic and social development.  The current Board of Trustees was elected from the group of Founding Members. The head office is based in Cairo with a regional branch office in Qena City.

During implementation, ENID/El Nidaa has cooperated with local NGOs and Community Development Associations (CDAs) to carry out the field initiatives. Through this process, the project established over 40 partnership agreements with local NGOs/CDAs as well as protocols for cooperation with 11 government ministries/agencies. Phase Two of the project will be able to build upon these past strategic partnerships, local networks, and project designs.

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