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Promoting Inclusive Empowerment for Women, Girls and Boys in Upper Egypt




Aid type

Project-type interventions




€ 1,677,980
€ 1,006,788


Save the Children (STC) Italy, with its partners in Egypt (Save the Children Egypt, Handicap International, Giving Without Limits Association, El Ber and Al Betisaam) is proposing an action to address barriers to social and economic participation of women and youth, including those living with disability in Assiut Governorate, Upper Egypt. Assiut’s poverty rate is the highest in Egypt, while indicators such as maternal and infant mortality and women’s empowerment fall well below the national average. Both women and youth living in poverty face significant barriers to accessing decent work and livelihoods. For women, these are rooted in social norms and attitudes that under-value education beyond primary grades for girls, as well as discourage participation in social and economic life outside of the home. Youth of both genders in rural districts in Assiut also have limited opportunities to access vocational or other skills training that open doors to decent work. Access to productive resources and assets is seen as a challenge, as well as a mismatch between skills and education and the needs of the market. Women and youth living with disability face even greater barriers, as a result of societal attitudes that assume that people with disabilities are not capable of contributing in either the social or economic sphere. The proposed action is designed to address these challenges. The General Objective of this project is to foster economic and social inclusion of women (20-35) and youth (15-24) living in poverty, including those living with disabilities, in line with SDG 8. It is expected that by empowering women and youth to participate in economic and social spheres through inclusive and sustainable livelihood opportunities, their communities at large, including their households and their children, will positively benefit from reduced poverty and exclusion levels. The Specific Objective to promote empowerment and social and economic opportunities for women and youth living in poverty, including those living with disabilities, in rural communities of three districts, Assiut Governorate”, to address the lack of livelihoods, skills and finance opportunities for these groups. This Specific Objective will be achieved by working on three inter-connected levels: an enabling environment; and specific interventions for women and youth respectively. Ensuring that barriers are identified and reduced for women and youth’s participation (Result 1), supporting women acquire the skills and access to finance necessary to start and sustain businesses (Result 2), while empowering youth with life and business skills and opening livelihood opportunities (Result 3), will increase their contributions to economic and social sectors of their communities. These results will be achieved through a holistic programming model that, while focusing on increasing economic opportunities and household incomes, will at the same time address the social and cultural norms that create barriers to participation among women and youth, including those living with disability. Activities include strengthening supportive structures through a Multi-Stakeholder Working Group; addressing systems barriers such as lack of quality early childhood care and development facilities; and using proved approaches to community mobilisation to bring about change in beliefs and attitudes toward the role of women in the community as well as the under-recognised capacities of youth and people living with disability. Through the local NGO partners, SC and HI will provide technical support and coaching in order to establish women-led Village Saving and Lending Associations, as well as training designed to build financial literacy and business skills that will enable women to start and operate their own micro- or small businesses. read more close
Year Committed Used
2022 € 1,677,980 € 1,006,788


Type Name Channel code
Government AICS - Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development 11000

Channel reported

Type Name Channel code

Project data

  • IATI IdentifierXM-DAC-6-4-012590-03-7
  • AID012590/03/7
  • Planned start 2022/06/15
  • Planned End 2025/06/14
  • Actual start 2022/07/12
  • Actual end -
  • Bi/Multilateral Bilateral
  • Status Implementation
  • Tied status Tied


  • 16020 - Employment creation 100.0%

Policy markers

  • Gender Equality principal objective
  • Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) not targeted
  • Disability significant objective
  • Nutrition not targeted
  • Aid to Environment not targeted
  • Participatory Development/Good Governance significant objective
  • Trade Development not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Mitigation not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Adaptation not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification not targeted
  • Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) not targeted


  • 8.5 - By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value
  • 8.6 - By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training