Egypt: EU funds programme to alleviate poverty in Cairo

20 mln euros are going to the German development agency GIZ

31 August, 14:44

(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, AUGUST 31 - Approximately 60% of the people in Greater Cairo live in unplanned, densely populated areas that lack basic services and social infrastructure, and are suffering from environmental pollution. Therefore, an agreement was signed by the EU and the German development agency GIZ for the upgrading of deprived urban areas in Greater Cairo.

The agreement, according to the Enpi website (, follows the signing in July of a financing agreement between the Egyptian government and the EU, in which both sides agreed to delegate the implementation of this action to GIZ.

With funding of 20 million euros, the EU is co-financing the Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas (PDP) for the upgrading of four informal areas in the Governorates of Cairo and Giza, by introducing and supporting the implementation of participatory methodologies for urban upgrading, in collaboration with local stakeholders (public administration, civil society, private sector) to enhance service provision, and thus improve living conditions in an integrated manner to alleviate urban poverty.

This PDP Programme, launched in 2004 as an Egyptian-German Development Programme, and the EU's co-financing of the PDP is part of the EU Programme on Integrated Housing and Community Development, which is funded by the Neighborhood Investment Facility (NIF).(ANSAmed)

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