Investment in the countryside is the goal of the stage to achieve development
The Minister of Social Solidarity appeals to the private sector to provide in-kind assistance in addition to their financial donations
The Ministry of Social Solidarity, in cooperation with more than 10 other ministries and with the partnership of 23 civil societies, seeks to invest in the countryside through 6 main axes in the second phase of the presidential program “A Decent Life” to rehabilitate and develop the villages most in need.
The axes are to support early childhood, early detection of disability, expansion of community schools, provision of health services in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Population, economic empowerment of rural communities, community transformation, and raising the value of awareness and good practices.
She said Nevin Kabbaj The Minister of Social Solidarity told the “Stock Exchange”, on the sidelines of her meeting with NGOs to discuss the mechanisms of work in the second phase of the presidential initiative “A Decent Life”. The second phase of the initiative is scheduled to begin next March with the participation of more than 10 ministries.
The total budget of the initiative in all its various stages exceeds 500 billion pounds, as the first phase of the initiative has managed to develop 143 villages since its launch in January 2019, according to presidential mandates.
She explained that the second phase targets 1,400 villages in 51 centers in 20 governorates, with a budget of 150 billion pounds.
Al-Kabbaj added that the role of the Ministry of Social Solidarity at this stage will focus on the development of the Egyptian family, including investing in every member of the family, whether they are children, women, youth and the elderly, in addition to supporting Prime Time Zone with disabilities.
She pointed out that the Ministry is keen on multiple intervention through 6 axes, the first being to pay attention to early childhood by expanding the establishment and development of nurseries and encouraging families to enroll children in nurseries, noting that there are only one million children in nurseries out of a total of 8 million children targeted to be included through Development.
The second axis is the work on early detection of disability, the provision of various rehabilitation services, including speech services, physical therapy or sensory replacement, and others, and providing them with prosthetic devices or artificial limbs and all that they need to contribute to their integration into society.
She added that the third axis is the expansion of community schools in the areas most in need, to support those who are deprived of education and overstep the age of enrollment in government schools, as well as children who drop out of education stages and have not completed their studies, in partnership with the Ministry of Education.
Al-Kabbaj revealed that efforts to find work opportunities for the uneducated have stalled with the private sector, pointing to the recent conclusion of some partnerships to develop and qualify this category in technical education, in addition to opening community education schools in areas without education in cooperation with civil society.
She pointed to the ministry’s success, in cooperation with the Misr El-Kheir Foundation, in supporting 34,000 community students by covering their education expenses, to encourage them to continue education and find job opportunities for them, and to avoid joining the “solidarity and dignity” lists in the future.
She continued: “The fourth axis focuses on providing reproductive health services to women in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Population through Kifaya 2 clinics, affiliated with NGOs in the various governorates.”
Al-Kabbaj said that the civil society provides health services through its clinics and hospitals by more than 30% of the health services provided in the rural community.
She explained that the fifth axis of the “A Decent Life” program is the economic empowerment of rural communities, and the promotion of empowerment and economic development opportunities at the local level .. which contributes to improving macroeconomic indicators.
This is done by providing production units, productive family centers, vocational training centers for youth, soft loans for micro-enterprises with an interest ranging between 5 and 6% for the beneficiaries, and providing appropriate markets for marketing their products, in addition to providing productive assets in partnership with productive cooperatives.
She pointed out that the action plan in this axis aims to develop work in the production units, and to monitor 20 types that can be focused on, including dried fruits and olive presses and others, to work on investing in the countryside and not charity to them.
She indicated that the fifth axis focuses on seeking societal change and raising the value of awareness and good practices, as there are many wrong beliefs in negative practices that threaten the entity of society, including drug abuse, female circumcision, early marriage, illegal immigration, human trafficking and other misconceptions and customs.
She added that the action plan aims to form community committees to follow up the initiative’s development projects, monitor violations, and motivate those who are committed to it.
She explained that NGOs are partners in this initiative for the efforts of the Ministry of Social Solidarity, and the ministry has 20 thousand volunteer change soldiers and learners of the “Takaful and Dignity” program, who participate in the community monitoring of this initiative in various governorates.
The Minister expected that at least 4 million families will be monitored annually, to know their requirements and needs, and to be able to achieve change and sustainable development.
She stated that a unified database will be prepared between the Ministry of Solidarity and NGOs, for the circulation of data, numbers and statistics, and to monitor all societal phenomena and follow up on what has been done periodically.
She drew that A dignified life initiative It was launched with presidential mandates in January 2019, and then expanded to become a national program with a budget of up to 500 billion pounds in all its stages, as allocations for the first and second stages amounted to 300 billion pounds, 150 billion pounds each.
The Minister of Social Solidarity appealed to the private sector to contribute to the second phase of the initiative, because it is costly to the state, and the initiative is part of building an entire nation that calls for everyone’s participation in it.
Al-Kabbaj explained that the donation account will be opened through the “A Decent Life” Foundation to open the door for contributions to the private sector.
The participation of businessmen should not be limited to donating financial resources only, but also to contribute in-kind resources, such as constructing buildings or providing equipment and devices required for nurseries and schools, a decent housing initiative and others.
The Minister suggested that the participating associations in the second phase should run activities and projects without financial contribution due to the high costs for them. There are ongoing negotiations on a dealing mechanism to start implementation work.
Al-Kabbaj pointed out that the percentage of the associations ’contribution to the work of the first stage of” A Decent Life “ranged between 15 and 17% of the total cost.
The article: Minister of Solidarity for the “Stock Exchange”: 10 ministries will participate in the second phase of “A Decent Life” next month, it was written in the Al-Borsa newspaper.