PARTNERSHIPS FOR CHILDREN
UNICEF and The Government of Egypt Programme of Cooperation 2018-2022
Egypt has made recent gains in the reduction of child mortality, and nearly universal access to education. However, a rapidly growing population and increasing levels of poverty and inequality are exacerbating health, nutrition, education, and protection risks for boys, girls and women throughout the country. In 2018, UNICEF and the Government of Egypt, with other partners, are embarking on a new five-year programme to expand opportunities for the poorest children, and mitigate the inter-generational transmission of poverty and inequity.
To achieve this, UNICEF is aligning its programmes with national and international development priorities, including Egypt’s Vision 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and UNICEF’s Five Global Goal Areas. UNICEF is supporting the Government to target its programmes toward the most disadvantaged children in Egypt, including children with disabilities and children on the move. The new country programme priorities will strengthen systems and services to address inequities. UNICEF will develop a strong, coherent and cross-sectoral approach to Early Childhood Development to improve children’s physical, cognitive and social-emotional development. Risks for children on the move will be prevented and mitigated, and children and adolescents will be protected from violence and harmful practices like female genital mutilation/cutting and child marriage. Social and behavioural change communication techniques to improve knowledge, attitudes and practices supporting children’s rights and positive parenting will enhance these initiatives.