There is culture, history, communities, and impactful development.
The only way to truly recover better; to strive for an equal and fairer world is through harnessing the power of communities and investing in their potential. It is to allow communities to participate in the development process and provide them with an opportunity to communicate aspects of their cultural heritage. Our current efforts are aimed towards putting integrated sustainability at the heart of development projects to unleash the potential and development of communities through diversifying their sources of income and increasing agricultural activity.
Community is all about connection. The value of community connection created a healthier and happier environment creating opportunities to drive together positive change. Our policy towards the development of Sinai is centered on fostering connections with its communities and recognizing their challenges as well as opportunities. Finding ways to benefit communities has been the main driver in all of our projects to achieve the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs).
The Kuwaiti Fund for Arab Economic Development funded developmental projects currently taking place in North Sinai; the water desalination plant for eastern Port Said, and the Bahr Al-Baqar water drainage system. To meet the increasing demand for drinking water for the commercial and industrial activities, the desalination plant has a production capacity of 150,000 cubic meter and can be increased to 250,000 cubic meter a day. The Bahr Al-Baqar water drainage system also has a capacity of 5 million cubic meter a day and can reclaim 400 thousand acres of the Sinai Peninsula. Additionally, it aims to preserve the environment by reducing water losses for agricultural development, which can make a great impact in the agricultural development in North Sinai through 400,000 feddans and 100,000 job opportunities that can help sustain families.
A successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. Through a shared vision that is built upon common goals and values, all stakeholders are given the opportunity to contribute, share their knowledge and technical expertise as well as support access to technology, science and innovation.
During the inauguration of several national projects east of the Suez Canal in celebration of Sinai Liberation Day, we witnessed the conclusion of the drilling at the Suez Canal’s Martyr Ahmed Hamdy 2 Tunnel and we visited the Al-Mahsama Irrigation Drain Water Treatment Plant, which has been named Infrastructure Project of the Year at the 2019 Construction Innovation Awards. The plant was developed in cooperation between Egypt and the Saudi Development Fund, and in partnership with the Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities as well as the Ministry of Water Resource & Irrigation with the execution of private sector companies.
With people at its core, the plant provides more than 12,500 direct jobs and 150,000 indirect jobs. The project provides irrigation water for 50,000 hectares of remote, dry land in northern and central Sinai, with the purpose of paving the way for the sustainable development of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, delivering on SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth and SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.
Putting investment in people as a top priority, as contributing to human capital is integral to the country’s overall development, the project aims to contribute to the development of 26 communities, which will include social housing, educational institutions, a health unit, a sports square, a commercial complex, and 26 agricultural complexes to capitalize on the human potential of the communities and provide job opportunities for youth. It includes 1,181 housing units with 10,610 feddans across North and South Sinai. The project also includes access to clean drinking water through 286 wells.
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) signed an agreement worth $6 million to increase educational opportunities and enhance the livelihoods of communities in North Sinai. It will focus on the provision of water to 300,000 residents and wastewater services to 100,000 residents, as well as providing access to transportation for rural communities and an economic livelihood programming for families to increase job opportunities.
The previous projects help to achieve the following targets of the SDGs:
Reduced half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions.
Increase proportion of population living in households with access to basic services.
Increase volume of production per labor unit by classes of farming/pastoral/forestry enterprise size increased.
Increase proportion of agricultural area under productive and sustainable agriculture increased.
Increase proportion of total agricultural population with ownership or secure rights over agricultural land, by sex; and (b) share of women among owners or rights-bearers of agricultural land, by type of tenure increased
Increase proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services increased.
Increase proportion of wastewater safely treated.
Decrease proportion of informal employment in non-agriculture employment.
Increase proportion of population that has convenient access to public transport, by sex, age and persons with disabilities.
Enhance the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology, and financial resources, to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries, in particular developing countries.