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Christian Aid in Egypt

Egypt experienced a dramatic social, economic and political upheaval during 2011. Despite some positive changes in this time, the turmoil resulted in increased poverty and unemployment, affecting people across the country.

Food insecurity and malnutrition are increasing, with a quarter of the population now living in poverty, and more communities becoming vulnerable as food prices continue to soar. Unemployment is also rising, and those aged under 30 are particularly affected.

Our long-term development programmes are focused on equipping people to claim their rights – be that fishing communities along the Nile, quarry workers in Minia, or women in communities where female genital mutilation is still practised.

Alongside this practical advice and guidance, our partners also help people to access new, resilient livelihoods and opportunities by providing vocational training, microcredit schemes and loans.

In addition to our ongoing development work, along with two of our partners in Egypt, we have also engaged in emergency response work. Our innovative cash-for-work schemes have brought together communities to rebuild essential services that had been damaged or destroyed in the uprising (such as healthcare centres, schools and irrigation channels).

As well as providing much needed income for families, these schemes also helped communities to join together and build a sense of pride, belonging and understanding. You can read more about our emergency response work here.

Our work in Egypt is part of our Middle East programme, which brings together work from across the region under the themes of economic and social rights, building resilient livelihoods and rights for all.

We want to see poor and disadvantaged people in the Middle East assert their economic and social rights so that they can overcome poverty, by participating equally in the labour force, by being fairly rewarded for their work, and by engaging as employees and citizens in more equitable societies where the social and economic rights of marginalised groups are better upheld.

We want to see a region where men and women are free from discrimination and violence, and where women can be leaders of change in their community, ably representing themselves at all levels of society.

We want people in rural communities to be able to build resilient livelihoods for themselves and their families; can access and manage resources; can access local, regional and international markets free from violence, discriminatory practices and restrictive policies; and can reach decision-makers and governments to bring about change.

Further content

  • Bringing farmers together – our partner CEOSS supports small scale farmers and communities by setting up farmers’ organisations and committees. 

  • Improving the environment in Rashah – our partner Bless helped a community to build a park on land previously used to dump rubbish.

  • A Better Life on the Nile – an audio slideshow about our partner helping communities learn more about their rights. 

  • The grind – otherworldly images of Egypt’s limestone quarries show the backbreaking work, and how our partner Wadi el Nil is helping workers claim their rights.