Three Egyptian Development Programmes and Projects have been recognized by the UN Best Practices Platform

For the second time, Egypt’s Ministry of Planning and Economic Development has had three of its programmes listed on the UN’s “Best Practices for Achieving the Sustainable Development (SDGs)” platform. 

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) created the platform. 

This follows the ministry’s successful inclusion of the presidential initiative “Decent Life” on UNDESA’s electronic platform. The Pioneers 2030 Project, the Development Program in Upper Egypt, and the integrated system for the formulation and follow-up of the investment plan are the three projects. 

Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala El-Stated said her ministry’s accomplishment reflects the Egyptian state’s success and desire to fulfill the SDGs. 

It also demonstrates Egypt’s success in taking the proper strategy to achieve the international and local goals outlined in its Vision 2030. She emphasized the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development’s commitment to ensuring that its programmes are consistent with the SDGs. 

El-Said went on to say that the projects on the list were picked for a variety of reasons, including highlighting the Egyptian government’s efforts to achieve sustainable development. It also serves to emphasize that each project addresses more than one of the UN’s goals, with a focus on those that benefit the poorest people. 

This is in addition to efforts that have produced real outcomes on the ground and have had a positive impact on residents’ lives. 

A report on several of the ministry’s development programmes has been released. It looked at the local development programme in Upper Egypt, which is partially funded by the World Bank as a government initiative. 

The initiative is an example of collaboration and integration between ministries and state organizations, according to the report. 

The Upper Egypt development programme aims to raise inhabitants’ living standards, provide adequate services, and implement projects in Upper Egypt’s governorates, particularly in Sohag and Qena. 

Its goals are to make Upper Egypt more appealing to investors, enhance inhabitants’ living standards, and build a model for integrated regional and local development that may be reproduced throughout Egypt. 

The work style of the programme is based on a focus on pumping investments into institutional growth and the development of local capacities. It also entails the creation of work systems that will allow governorates to manage local development efficiently and effectively within a decentralized framework. 

The Ministry of Planning and Economic Development’s Rowad 2030 project intends to create an integrated and complete entrepreneurship ecosystem that allows young people to create their own projects. This, in turn, helps to strengthen the role of entrepreneurship in the growth of the national economy by putting the project’s four pillars into action. Education and training, entrepreneurship and business incubator awareness campaigns, capacity building for government officials, and the Rowad 2030 project approach are the four pillars. 

The study on the integrated system for investment plan development and follow-up attempts to link the UN’s SDGs and Egypt’s Vision 2030 targets with the Egyptian Government’s work programme for 2018-2022. This also intends to connect these efforts to all development programmes carried out by Egyptian aid organizations. It will also allow all major and subsidiary agencies to build development plans and submit proposals for those plans via electronic forms for funding, which is in keeping with the nature of the many reference agencies. 

It’s worth noting that the UN’s electronic platform strives to highlight examples of best practices established by programmes, projects, initiatives, or policies that help bridge gaps and address difficulties. The platform also seeks to enable efforts to address the consequences of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as the recovery from it. 

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