The Youth Initiatives Projects Implemented under SFD Intensive Labor Projects funded by the WB:
Out of its keenness to help secure appropriate job opportunities and eradicate unemployment, in collaboration with the Social Fund for Development (SFD), the Ministry of International Cooperation signed an Agreement with the World Bank for financing the Immediate Intensive Labor Investment Project for the sum of USD 200 million on 14 August 2012. The World Bank was represented by WB Vice President for MENA Ms. Inger Andersen, who also signed the Project Agreement with SFD.
The project aims to create short term employment opportunities for skilled and semi-skilled unemployed laborers and provide access to infrastructure services to the targeted population in poor areas.
It is worth noting that SFD, implementing the project, has distinctive experience in managing and implementing intensive labor projects such as developing poor and marginalized communities such as unofficial areas in large cities and villages in Upper Egypt, which has tangible economic and political return.
On 11/9/2014, a Grant Agreement for the Immediate Intensive Labor Investment Project was signed with the EU, whereby a grant worth EUR 67,626 million was provided for the following purposes: (1) to create short term employment opportunities to skilled and semi-skilled unemployed laborers in selected areas in Egypt, (2) to contribute to the construction and/ or maintenance of infrastructure and societal services, (3) to improve access to infrastructure services to targeted population, and (4) capacity building of both genders to enable them to find jobs through short term training and other support services that would help them join full time jobs or establish their own businesses.
The Youth Initiatives are implemented as part of the Community Services component. These Initiatives cover different activities with potential for new ideas that cater to the specific needs of the communities.
• Provide short-term employment opportunities for the unskilled and semi-skilled youth, aged between 18 and 29 years
• Providing community services in impoverished districts across 20 governorates
• Building the capacity of the civil society
Activities differ between a project and another, but, in general, projects typically involve an awareness component and a community service component. Examples of project activities include:
Developing Villages Activities
• Planting and trimming trees and landscaping public areas
• Painting and illuminating lamp posts
• Painting facades of public institutions and buildings lying in the entrances of villages
• Painting pavement borders
• Installing signs denoting street names and building numbers
• Installing seats with sunshades for waiting areas
• Levelling roads
• Extracting weeds from water streams
• Cleaning and disinfecting water storage tanks
Capacity Building Activities
• Establishing a computer training center where the youth are employed to deliver computer courses for the targeted communities at a low subscription fee in an attempt to build their capacities and qualify them for the job market
• Training ladies with potential on sewing and embroidery to build their capacities in the field
• Training ladies on social issues and developing their communication skills for disseminating awareness messages in the communities where they work
• Holding awareness campaigns and undertaking home visits for raising awareness on different social issues, such as violence against children, proper behavior in the community, prevalent diseases, dangers of addiction, etc.
• Holding individual meetings and seminars targeting taxi drivers, carriage drivers, boatmen, touristic shops owners, peddlers, and street children for raising public awareness and promoting behavioral change in an attempt to encourage tourism in the targeted area
• Undertaking schools visits to raise awareness of students and parents on human rights, how to become and effective citizen, the importance of protecting the environment, etc.
• Undertaking field visits to raise awareness of farmers on sound environmental farming practices for safeguarding the environment and human health
• Assisting old community members with expired national ID card, helping them with filling the application form, and escorting them to the civil registry office
Illiterate Female Household Head Activities
• Cleaning hospitals and public health institutions after taking health and safety training on how safely dispose medical waste
• Cleaning schools due to shortage in provision of this type of labor by the ministry of education
• Cleaning youth centers in the villages and other public institutions