UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.
Five years of economic growth and stability, combined with substantive progress in improving the health of mothers and children, are accomplishments Egypt can take pride in.
But the same period has witnessed an increase in poverty rates, with severe consequences for women and children. Despite Government programmes to promote basic services and expand access to social protection schemes for the most vulnerable households, nearly 30 per cent of Egyptians live in monetary poverty. In parts of Upper Egypt the figure is much higher.
By 2030, Egypt’s fast-growing population will reach nearly 120 million. Around 40 per cent are children under the age of 18; 27.6 million are adolescents and youth, potentially offering a large demographic dividend for the country.
UNICEF Egypt’s Country Program 2023 – 2027 is supporting the Government of Egypt to ensure that:
- Vulnerable children and their families increasingly benefit from evidence-driven and effective anti-poverty interventions, including social protection, and increasingly practice behaviors that reduce the transmission of poverty across generations.
- Children, including adolescents, gain access to and utilize quality health care, early learning, safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); adopt nutritious diets and nurturing practices, and live in a safe and sustainable climate and environment.
- Children, adolescents, and young people, particularly the most disadvantaged, realize their right to education by accessing quality learning and skills development opportunities.
- Children -- including those on the move -- have improved access to and utilization of inclusive, rights-based and gender-responsive prevention and response services that address violence, exploitation, abuse, neglect and harmful practices, in an environment that promotes positive social norms.
- Adolescents and Youth (10-24yrs) with focus on the most vulnerable, are equipped, empowered and supported to transition to productive and engaged adulthood.
Mr. JEREMY HOPKINS
UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN’S FUND (UNICEF) REPRESENTATIVE IN EGYPT