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Sisi Launches Initiative to Support Egypt’s ‘Most Needy’

Sisi Launches Initiative to Support Egypt’s ‘Most Needy’

Thursday, 3 January, 2019 - 12:00
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi speaks during a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not pictured) at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, October 30, 2018. Reuters

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi launched on Wednesday a national initiative to provide a decent life for needy families.

He said in a post on his official Facebook page that Egyptian citizens have made sacrifices and bore the brunt of the economic reforms to ensure a better life for future generations.

According to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), some 30 million Egyptians (representing 28 percent of the total population estimated at 104 million) were living below the poverty threshold until 2015.

The President called on state institutions and agencies to coordinate with civil society organizations, unite their efforts for the interest of the nation’s youth, men and women, and launch the initiative directly under his auspices.

Few hours after his announcement, Social Solidarity Minister Ghada Waly called on civil society organizations and NGOs to attend a meeting at the ministry’s headquarters on Thursday to coordinate civil society efforts in response to the President’s initiative.

In an official statement, Waly said the meeting is expected to review detailed data on the poorest and most needy villages.

Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced in November that starting this year, cash aid from the Takaful and Karama program will be disbursed for two children in each family enrolled in the program instead of three.

He said this decision will allow a larger number of families to benefit from the program.

Launched in 2015, Takaful and Karama aims to support impoverished families with school-aged children, the elderly and people with special needs, mainly in Upper Egypt.

“The move aims to allow more households to benefit from the cash support program,” Madbouly said, pointing out that more scenarios are being considered to rationalize in-kind support.

The Minister said that 2.2 million households currently benefit from the program, and that the amount of cash provided to households depends on the number of children and their school level.

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