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Forging a common ‘Nile culture’ through music and academic training

Nile Project musicians on a boat.

01.05.2015 - 31.07.2017

To make the Nile Basin a common ground and shared ecosystem for the inhabitants of the eleven countries through which the Nile River flows, the SDC supports the innovative musical and educational Nile Project. The project brings together artists, students and concerned citizens. A series of acclaimed concerts has taken place since 2013; at the same time, students are developing initiatives to foster a better use of water resources.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Egypt
Economy and Employment
Education
Migration
Environment
Rule of Law - Democracy - Human rights
Economy and Employment
Culture
Disaster Risk Reduction – Preparedness
Education policy
Environment protection
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development
Mitigation of the effects of climate change
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Migration generally (development aspects and partnerships)

01.05.2015 - 31.07.2017


CHF 750'000



Economic prospects for young people in rural areas

Farmers are being trained on the vertical tomatoes planting techniques which double their production. ©DDC

01.01.2013 - 30.06.2017

The SDC project in rural Aswan Governorate in Egypt aims to improve the economic prospects of local young men and women. The SDC promotes enterprises in the agricultural, livestock breeding and fisheries sectors to create new jobs and provide young people with an alternative to migrating to urban centres.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Egypt
Agriculture and Food Security
Education
Economy and Employment
Labor market development
Agriculture value-chain development
Vocational training and skills development
Agriculture value-chain development
Vocational training and skills development

01.01.2013 - 30.06.2017


CHF 5'020'000



Project completed

Blue gold for all in Aswan

Girls at a secondary school in Aswan drink water from taps installed in the schoolyard.

20.12.2012 - 31.12.2016

Egypt has undertaken a major effort to modernise its water and sanitation sector. However, many obstacles remain before all Egyptians, without distinction, will be able to enjoy access to drinking water through an equitable and reliable service. In support of this progress, the SDC has developed an ambitious project in a disadvantaged neighbourhood of the city of Aswan.

Country/region Period Budget
Egypt

20.12.2012 - 31.12.2016


CHF 4'650'000



Water from the Nile: a treasure to be conserved

© SDC

01.11.2012 - 31.07.2017

While the population of Egypt continues to rise, the volume of the Nile remains constant. Water must therefore be used sparingly. This is what the SDC is encouraging people to do in ten villages in the north of Aswan Governorate as part of an effort to improve irrigation practices. The project aims to boost the land’s productivity and increase farmers' income.

Country/region Period Budget
Egypt

01.11.2012 - 31.07.2017


CHF 2'998'500



Project completed

First Allocation of SDC Funding (Europe and Mediterranean Region Division) to UNHCR Operations in 2014

01.01.2014 - 31.12.2014

In line with the Good Humanitarian Donorship (GHD) principles, Switzerland recognizes the necessity of predictable and flexible funding to respond to changing needs in humanitarian crises. SDC funding to UNHCR operations allows the UN Refugee Agency to respond proactively and to provide immediate protection and assistance to refugees and internally displaced people in life-threatening situations and underfunded emergencies.


Project completed

Second Allocation of SDC Funding to UNHCR Operations in 2014

01.01.2014 - 31.12.2014

In line with the Good Humanitarian Donorship (GHD) principles, Switzerland recognizes the necessity of predictable and flexible funding to respond to changing needs in humanitarian crises. SDC funding to UNHCR operations allows the UN Refugee Agency to respond proactively and to provide immediate protection and assistance to refugees and internally displaced people in life-threatening situations and underfunded emergencies.


Project completed

IOM: Improved protection for irregular migrants from Sub-Sahara Africa in Southern Egypt

15.12.2012 - 14.04.2015

Due to recent measures to secure the Egypt-Sudan border, an increased number of migrants has been apprehended and transferred to ill-equipped prisons/ police stations where they spend protracted periods in extremely vulnerable conditions. Smuggling and trafficking network have expanded over the last year. The proposed project will provide assistance to stranded migrants and Egyptian communities in needs, as well as capacity building efforts for government and NGOs to provide migrant-friendly healthcare services.


Project completed

UNDP: Strengthening of the democratic process in Egypt

17.11.2012 - 31.12.2015

The UNDP programme has a double focus on (1) enhancing electoral procedures, in particular the establishment of an independent electoral management body (2) strengthening the capacity of young and female rural voters to exercise their right to vote. It has won the trust of Egyptian authorities and complements Switzerland’s previous support for election observation which found that – although results were consistent with voters’ intentions – further process improvements were required.


Water Programme Aswan, Component 3: Water Efficiency and Economic Support (WEE) in Nasr El Nuba and Kom Ombo

01.07.2012 - 31.03.2018

Egypt is a water scarce country and despite recent reforms in the water sector, major challenges remain. Based on needs identified by local authorities and past experiences by the Egyptian-Swiss Development Fund, the programme aims to improve public water supply and management, increase management and income from rehabilitated irrigation systems as well as sensitizing the population about water-related issues.


Project completed

The Carter Center: International Election Assessment for Presidential Elections and Constitutional Referendum 2012

01.05.2012 - 31.12.2012

The Carter Center (TCC) will carry out analytical work on the electoral process during the presidential elections in Egypt from May to June 2012 and during the constitutional referendum, planned for autumn 2012. TCC is accredited to witness the elections process although some limitations have been made to their ability to report during the proceedings. As TCC enjoys both the confidence of the transitional authorities and a broad acceptance in the Middle East, this provides an opportunity for a firsthand insight into the electoral process as well as a building block for future interventions of both SDC and DHS (former PD IV) in the field of democratization in Egypt. There is a consensus among donors to support the initiative and hence to address the issue with a coordinated approach. The project will cover: 1. The deployment of international election experts/observers to Egypt; 2. A qualitative and quantitative data collection on key aspects of the electoral processes including reports; 3. Recommendation to improve future electoral processes.


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