Creating equal opportunities for disadvantaged young people

Project description

Title: Equal Opportunities and Social Development
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Egypt
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Social Solidarity, Ministry of Youth and Sports
Overall term: 2021 to 2024


There are around 60 million people living in Egypt who are under the age of 30. Many of the young people are affected by poverty and its consequences and lack sufficient access to information and services. In addition, the prevailing social norms discriminate against young women and people with disabilities. They therefore have limited opportunities to express their own interests and to participate in society.


The social participation of young Egyptian people has improved, especially for young women and young people with disabilities.


The project supports two ministries in more effectively integrating the interests and needs of young people into their work. First, it works with the Ministry of Social Solidarity, which helps the poorest and most disadvantaged people in Egypt. Second, it works with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, which supports young people and operates more than 4,000 youth centres nationwide.

The project trains trainers who teach young people how to communicate effectively and express their opinions to decision-makers. In simulations and other training courses, the young people learn that women and people with disabilities are equal members of society.

The project collaborates with the Ministry of Social Solidarity to support civil society, with selected organisations and youth initiatives implementing small-scale projects on the topics of gender equality, inclusion and population development. Similarly, high-profile campaigns inform a large number of young people about the specified issues.

Last update: September 2021