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Signing the Implementation Contract for German International Cooperation on Upgrading Infrastructure – 18th July 2018

Cairo, 18th July 2018, Building on the long-lasting successful Egyptian-German cooperation in Urban Development, the Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities (MHUUC) has agreed on the implementation of the Participatory Infrastructure Project (PIP). During the next 4 years, a total budget of 29.5 million EUR will be applied to upgrade infrastructure in a number of informal settlements of Greater Cairo Region.

In the presence of His Excellency, the Prime Minister and Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities (MHUUC), Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, the signing parties, the Deputy Minister of MHUUC, Dr. Assem Elgazzar,and the Country Director of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Dr. Andreas Kuck, have signed the Implementation Contract for the new project. PIP will further apply the tried and tested approaches of the Participatory Development Programme (PDP), which is targeting the same 9 informal settlements.

Through the construction of about 30 small to medium-sized infrastructure-upgrading projects, it is possible to create practical hands-on learning experience on how to improve urban planning and management practices in informal settlements.

Based on Needs Assessments and Local Area Development Plans, physical interventions will be selected to improve the delivery of basic services, such as water supply, sewage and waste management, as well as better access to public transportation, education, health and recreation. Involving communities contributes to well-designed interventions, highly accepted and much utilised service infrastructure and improved management of scarce public spaces.

The European Union Ambassador, Mr. Ivan Surkos, accompanied by First Consellor, Mr. Jean-Marie Moreau, stated that the 25 million euros support provided by the European Union as part of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) shall contribute to improve the living conditions of approximately 2 million residents of the targeted informal settlements and to enhance services provided by the public administration. Commissioned by the German Government, this project is another important contribution added to the close German-Egyptian cooperation, as the Deputy Head of German Development Cooperation, Mr. Sebastian Wilde, underlined. Moreover, PIP is also a good example of how the EU and Germany together with MHUUC successfully joined forces to set such an important project on track.

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9th Advisory Board on Climate Change in Cities

On Tuesday 26th of December 2017, the PDP in cooperation with the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) held the 9th Advisory Board on Climate Change in Cities (AB-CCC) at the Cairo House (the cultural and educational center of the EEAA). The meeting was attended by representatives from EEAA, PDP, different governmental bodies, ministries and local authorities. The theme of the 9th meeting was vulnerability of cities and their response to disasters associated with climate change.

Eng. Sherif Abdelrehem (Head of Climate Change Central Department) on behalf of EEAA, opened the meeting and welcomed the attendees with special thanks to Dr. Ahmed Darwish (Deputy Housing Minister for Urban Renewal and Informal Settlement) and Dr. Manal Awad (Deputy of Giza Governor). Following the welcoming remarks, Eng. Saber Osman started the first presentation, giving an overview on the evolution of the notion of vulnerability to climate change and drew the attention on different strategies of adaptation that the government could take. Ms. Omneya Shawky took over to share with the attendees her experience and outcomes from the COP23 that took place in November in Bonn, Germany, focusing on topics related to the preparedness of cities for any disaster that could take place at any time. Finally, Dr. Mohamed Hassan (The Crisis/Disaster Management and DRR Sector at the Egyptian Cabinet Information and Decision Support) gave an overview on the “Making Cities Resilient” awareness campaign by UNISDR and the generic framework for risk reduction in the handbook for government leaders and mayors also by the UNISDR.

A fruitful brainstorming discussion following the presentations was moderated by Eng. Saber Osman to identify the threats and disasters that cities in Egypt could face due to climate change focusing on different sectors can and should coordinate to find best disaster response solutions.

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Capacity Building Training for the Urban Upgrading Units on How to Implement Awareness Campaigns

The GIZ/PDP organized and managed a 2-day capacity building training on Community/Public Awareness Campaigning for around 35 civil servants from the central and district Urban Upgrading Units (UUU) of the Cairo, Giza, and Qalyubeya Governorates as well as for selected local representative from the civil society on the 7th and 8th of November 2017.

The overall objective of this interactive and participatory training was to empower the governorates to design and plan public awareness campaigns for all projects being implemented under the Direct Awards Contracts in order to inform the target communities about these projects and to get the buy-in from key stakeholders to increase ownership and sustainability.

All training participants were trained on how to design an awareness campaign and the output were individually drafted campaigns with an associated action plan.

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PDP has implemented a dialogue workshop on the 29th of July, 2017 with the Urban Upgrading Units (UUUs)

One of the goals of The Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas (PDP) is to improve the capacities of the local administration related to informal areas. Accordingly, PDP has implemented a dialogue workshop on the 29th of July, 2017 to enhance the communication and knowledge transfer between the Urban Upgrading Units (UUUs) in the three Governorates of the Greater Cairo Region (GCR).

The PDP also seized the opportunity to acknowledge the staff of the UUUs and related departments by handing out certificates of successful completion of an 18 months capacity development programme in efficient urban management and upgrading of informal areas. The celebration was attended by Dr. Ahmed Darwish, Deputy Minister of Housing for urban renewal and informal Settlements, Dr. Manal Awad, Deputy Governor of Giza, Eng. Mostafa Abbas, Assistant Secretary General for Qalyoubya Governorate and Eng. Ashraf Hassanein, Executive Director for Cairo governorate UUU deputizing Dr. Gihan Abdlerahman, Deputy Governor of Cairo. Moreover, the workshop created a platform to enhance the communication between the civil society organisations Grant Beneficiaries (GBs) and the local authorities.

The workshop was very successful where the GBs shared their achievements and gained experiences as well as presentation for the upcoming projects. The workshop allowed the attendees to reflect on the procedures for upgrading projects implementation and improvement of communication networks between the UUUs and GBs so they can better cooperate. The workshop was concluded by an open discussion which enabled the attendees to learn from the different shared experiences and network for possible future collaborations.


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Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas in cooperation with Giza Governorate held Community Meeting in Masaken Geziret El-Dahab

In the framework of the grant signed between the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, represented in the Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas (PDP), and Giza Governorate, the latter held a community event on Saturday March 11th, 2017 , in Geziret El-Dahab Youth Center in Masaken Geziret El-Dahab aiming to cover the development of projects implemented across the governorate.

The event was attended by around 250 local residents from Masaken Geziret El-Dahab. Attendees included, among others, natural leaders and civil society organizations’ (CSOs) employees. The meeting reviewed grant projects implemented in Giza, including projects for road pavement and upgrading (5) housing blocks (with a total of 198 housing units occupied by 1185 residents). Such projects are implemented by Giza Governorate, with funding from the European Union (EU) and the German Government.

During the unfolding of the day’s programme, Deputy Giza Governor Dr. Manal Awad

engaged with the children and youth of the community through the activities and contests that were implemented by the Grant Beneficiaries. The event’s programme then moved to update the residence of Geziret El-Dahab with the updates on the current and upcoming projects. Eng. Zizi, delegated to represent Giza Governorate, presented a brief overview of the infrastructure projects to be implemented by the governorate in El-Warraq in the fields of road pavement and solid waste management (SWM). “Giza Governorate will cooperate with PDP in improving living conditions and the delivery of basic services in the area,” said Eng. Zizi. “SWM and road pavement projects will be implemented over the next few months and the area will witness remarkable changes” she added.

In his opening statement, the Head of PDP, Dr. Guenther Wehenpohl thanked Giza Governorate for its efforts in facilitating and implementing the projects and welcomed all the attendees including the community development associations (CDAs). Moreover, Dr. Wehenpohl presented the procedures followed for selecting and contracting grant beneficiaries which were awarded the grants funded by the EU and German Government. Other panelists included the acting President of South Giza Gamal Khamis, Mr. Gamal Hanafy, and Eng. Elham Abdel Daiem, representatives from South Giza Urban Upgrading Unit (UUU). Panelists unanimously praised the efforts exerted by the PDP in Masaken Geziret El-Dahab and Saqqiet Mekky, which are among the governorate’s priority intervention areas.

Upgrading works that will be implemented during the project include; waste removal from passages, plastering facades, entrances and passages, renovating staircases and floors, renovating water and sewage pipelines, and repairing electricity distribution boards. As for lighting projects, 369 LED lamps, 840 cantilever LED lamps, and 40 lighting poles were installed in El-Rabiee El-Guizi Street, Coldair Street, and Saqqiet Mekky internal streets. Furthermore, 750 meters of Coldair Street were paved in addition to paving internal streets (with a length of 2750m and an area of 13,650m3) with interlocking tiles. Finally, more cleaning equipment were provided to prevent the accumulation of waste in streets, a tipper with a crane (6m3) was also made available.

Presenting the upcoming projects to be implemented in 2017/2018 CSOs highlighted the benefits that the community will gain as; improving the quality of services provided to local residents in Masaken Geziret El-Dahab and Saqqiet Mekky. On another note, booths by CDAs, CARE International, and Plan International were established to communicate awareness messages and present the developments to 11 public schools to the public.

It is worth mentioning that community events are part of a series of meetings held in 4 informal areas in Cairo and Giza with the aim of providing an overview about grant beneficiaries to community members and raising their awareness of the importance of maintaining and sustaining the projects.

The PDP is a development measure that receives core funding from the German government and is co-financed by the European Union (EU). The PDP aims at improving the livelihoods of poor urban population through funding small-sized enterprises in the fields of recruitment, health, transport, education, employment, and climate change. Such projects are selected via a grants programme in line with the EU procedures. Moreover, the PDP provides financial support to Cairo and Giza governorates to implement infrastructure upgrading projects in informal areas through direct awards.

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A Call for Urban Dialogue in Egypt

A call for urban dialogue was initiated at the Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) Conference, held from 29 November to 1 December in Cairo. Mr. Sebastian Lesch, head of the German Cooperation in Egypt, Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Minister of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities (MOHUUC), as well as representatives from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the European Union (EU) Delegation to Egypt, and UN Habitat, amongst others, were present at the opening.

In his address, Mr. Lesch intensified the call for participatory development in cities, particularly following the adoption of the New Urban Agenda at the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), which was held in Quito, Ecuador this past October. He stressed on the centrality of cities to the drive towards “sustainable and climate-friendly ways of development” around the world. This, Mr. Lesch explained, can only be achieved through open dialogue, one in which local concerns are taken into account. He further commended joint efforts undertaken to implement the New Urban Agenda in Egypt.

During the conference, several Egyptian representatives renewed their commitment to the “principles of sustainable development” that ought to guide urban policy and development in the country. Minister Madbouly emphasized the importance of translating urban strategies into action, and situated his call for implementing urban policies during this dawning age of a “generation of new cities.” Plans for the new capital city were presented, as well as the government’s methods in dealing with informal settlements in Egypt. Among the government representatives present at the conference were Khaled Abbas, Undersecretary of the Minister of Housing, and Khaled Seddik, Executive Manager of the Informal Settlements Development Fund (ISDF).

Carl Philipp Schuck, Coordinator of Implementing the New Urban Agenda in Egypt (INUA) Project implemented by GIZ, capitalized on the significance of dialogue in implementing the New Urban Agenda in Egypt. In his address, Mr. Schuck called on all involved stakeholders to reflect collectively on the meaning of the Agenda for Egyptian cities, as well as to question some of the assumptions that often obstruct sustainable urban development.
Another theme that featured prominently in the conference was that of sustainable energy.

The conference marked the conclusion of the seven-year tenure of the EU-funded Energy Efficiency in the Construction Sector in the Mediterranean project (EU-MED-ENEC), also implemented by GIZ. In his speech, Diego Escalona Paturel, Head of Cooperation at the EU Delegation in Egypt, highlighted the importance of relying on efficient, renewable, and sustainable energy sources in Egypt and the world.

As a convention where academics, members of civil society, and government representatives openly discussed issues pertaining to sustainable urban development, the Sustainable Built Environment conference comes as a refreshing reminder for the meaning and importance of dialogue. Dialogue is a fundamental process in achieving sustainable urban development, as it relies on participation and fosters inclusivity. Set to continue until August 2017, the GIZ project for Implementing the New Urban Agenda in Egypt (INUA) strives to once again centralize and promote the role of inclusive dialogue in urban development.

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Qalyubeya receives International Recognition for Urban Innovation

The Qalyubeya Governorate, local partner of the Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas (PDP) has been awarded a Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation at this year’s conference of the same name.
The awards ceremony was held in parallel to the conference in the Chinese City of Guangzhou from December 5-7, 2016. Qalyubeya has received the Urban Innovation Award for its achievements in the “Integrated Community-Based Solid Waste Management” project, which has been funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and implemented as part of the PDP from 2010 until 2014.
The prestigious award is put on by the City of Guangzhou as well as the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and Metropolis organisations. The technical jury of the award, consisting of members of Cities Alliance, ICLREI, FLACMA as well as scholars from the University of Zaragoza, screened the 301 project contributions from around the world according to the criteria of innovation, effectiveness, replicability, and significance in order to identify 15 candidates (cities of excellence) to be invited to the awards ceremony in Guangzhou.
The award-winning project from Qalyubeya was based on an integrated approach, which included the following measures:
• Informal garbage collectors (zabaleen) were promoted in the start-up of businesses and began working as formal contractors of the District administrations.
• Motorized three-wheel vehicles were introduced in the community, thereby enabling the garbage collectors to penetrate narrow streets of informal settlements and to carry solid waste to the newly constructed transfer station, which has also been established by the project.
• The construction of a recycling centre helps to segregate the solid waste into recycling materials and green fuels for the cement industry.
• A local health centre was equipped with a new first aid station, which is primarily designed to serve the needs of the zabaleen community
The experience from this project is already being adapted by other cities in Egypt and some of the project’s principles have been integrated into the National Solid Waste Management Strategy. While only 10% of the local residents were satisfied with the garbage collection services prior to the project, a survey confirmed that more than 70% approved of the solid waste collection methods afterwards. The measure hence created a significant positive impact on the lives of the local population.
The laudatory speech of Mr. Augusto Mathias from the Brazilian Federation of Cities and Municipalities focused on the successful application of the integrated approach, which was able to consider the social component of development in an effective way. General Amr Abdel Moneim, the Governor of Qalyubeya, vowed to build on this success during his speech of thanks: “I promise that we will continue with this challenging work for the benefit of Qalyubeya and Egypt”.
The PDP is the currently largest urban development project of GIZ and receives funding from the BMZ, BMGF and a majority co-financing from the European Union. The Government of Egypt is also contributing to the success of PDP financially and in-kind.




Adding a bit of green to Masaken Gezeret El-Dahab

With respect to the architectural measures incorporated in the climate change adaptation strategy of the Participatory Development Programme (PDP), the Cities and Climate Change component (C2) in partnership with The Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment (RISE) and Cairo Lab for Urban Studies, Training and Environmental Research (Cluster), has implemented a rooftop farm on one of the buildings in “Hassan Abdel Wahed” Street. It is hoped that this pilot project would act as a catalyst in spreading out the idea of rooftop farming in the area.

Architectural measures included plastering and painting of building façades in an informal settlement to contribute to its adaptive capacity towards intense climate conditions. A rooftop farm was also an important part of this project that aims to further yield environmental and socio-economic benefits to the residents. Having a strong socio-economic implication, contributing to income generation and reducing vulnerability to price hikes, rooftop farming greatly contributes to reducing temperatures through impacting the microclimate, while providing a recreational space for the local residents. Based on consultations with the building owner, the project partners designed and implemented the rooftop farm, planting eggplants, strawberries, cabbage, arugula, jasmine, mint, and rosemary.

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GIZ supports the Egyptian Delegation Participation in The Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)

Habitat III took place over the second week of October (17-20), with an active participation from the official Egyptian delegation along with representatives of civil society, academia, youth and private sector  supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The delegation attended and presented in a number of events that took place at the venue.

On the 20th of October 2016, the official Egyptian delegation along with other official delegates from all over the world, adopted the New Urban Agenda, committing to actively work on localizing and implementing the agenda nationally. The adopted agenda included a number of issues that face the Egyptian Urban Areas. Sustainable Urban Development, Urban Mobility, Poverty, Inequality, Environmental Degradation and Human Settlements Conditions were acknowledged with a vision that promotes the right to the city and cities for all, created through inclusiveness and participation. The principles of the agenda support the collaboration of a multi-disciplinary and sectoral approach focusing on the role of the different stakeholders while acknowledging the importance of finance. The agenda commits to participatory housing policies and equal affordable accessibility to basic physical and social infrastructure as well as land.

With Habitat III and the adoption of the New Urban Agenda in Quito 2016, GIZ has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to support the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda (INUA) in Egypt, facilitating a guided national follow up process succeeding the conference. The creation of an urban dialogue will be facilitated through the collaboration of different stakeholders representing national/local government, youth, academia, civil society and private sector, resulting in a final document called “Roadmap for Implementing the New Urban Agenda in Egypt.” The Roadmap is expected to be produced through an active urban dialogue between the relevant stakeholders.

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European Union Delegation to Egypt Celebrates Climate Action Day – October 20th, 2016

The European Union (EU) Delegation to Egypt celebrated its Climate Action Day in Cairo in cooperation with the EU Member States Embassies. The event was attended by the delegation’s ambassadors, in addition to representative from the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) in Cairo, and representatives from companies and donors concerned with the climate change issue.

The event was dedicated to the fight against Climate Change. The European Union worldwide is organizing Climate Action Days in different shapes to raise awareness for what might be the most crucial struggle of this century. During the procedures, ambassadors of the EU Member States were handed over trees to be planted in Ahmed Badawy Preparatory School for Girls in Ezbet El Nasr area by the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS) one of the Grant Beneficiaries of the Egyptian-German cooperation; the Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas (PDP). Additional information of PDP’s activities related to Climate Change were disseminated to the participants at the event.

In his speech, Mr. Reinhold Brender, Chargé d’Affaires of the EU Delegation emphasized that the EU and its Member States are taking concrete implementation towards climate change adaptation very seriously. Climate action is an important priority for the EU in Egypt. The total value of currently ongoing as well as under preparation projects exceeds 700 million EUR in grants for the benefit of Egypt. The areas of focus are: renewable and clean energy, energy efficiency, water and waste management, pollution abatement, housing and agriculture and urban development.

A complementary event was held on Monday 24th of October, 2016 at Ahmed Badawy School where some students, teachers and representative from the education directorate on the district level planted the trees in the school garden.

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