Egypt’s ongoing development portfolio totals $25.6 million divided among SDGs

Egypt’s experience in mapping Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was presented in a June international event at the London School of Economics and Political Science by the Ministry of International Cooperation in 2021. (LSE). The mapping exercises are based on United Nations and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) methodologies, with the goal of guaranteeing accurate mapping of ODA to the SDGs, as well as providing a clear vision in plans with development partners. 

The ODA-SDG mapping procedure takes into account 377 ongoing projects worth $25.6 billion, displaying the work approaches used and the overlap between initiatives and SDGs. 

The Ministry of International Cooperation launched the book “Stakeholder Engagement Through Economic Diplomacy: Egypt Fostering Multilateralism and International Cooperation” by the London School of Economics during a virtual event in June 2021, with the goal of documenting Egypt’s experience in international cooperation and development financing, recognizing Egypt’s pioneering efforts in economic diplomacy, and highlighting it as a replicable model. 

International economic figures and heads of international institutions are among those attending the virtual book launch, including LSE Director Minouche Shafik, World Bank Vice President and Chief Economist Carmen Reinhart, and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Chief Economist Erik Berglof (AIIB). Achim Steiner, the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), H.E. Munir Akram, the then-President of the UN Economic and Social Council, Elena Panova, Egypt’s UN Resident Coordinator, and other dignitaries attended the ceremony. 

Sectoral Mapping Methodology and Project-Based Mapping Methodology were the two main approaches used to implement the ODA-SDG mapping. The second methodology used two different but related approaches: single SDG mapping and multiple SDG mapping. 

SDG 5: Gender Equality, for example, displays overlap and interconnection with other SDGs. SDG 5 comprises 13 projects with gender equality as a primary goal, totaling $82 million and accounting for 0.32 percent of Egypt’s active ODA portfolio. Its goal is to promote gender equality and empower all women and girls by mainstreaming gender equality across initiatives in diverse sectors. Gender equality had arisen as a cross-cutting subject in 99 projects worth $ 6.7 billion as a result of this broader reach of influence and subsequent investigations. 

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