Monthly Archives: May 2016


Infrastructure Improvements in poor urban areas

Infrastructure Improvements in poor urban areas

The Egyptian Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, hosted a meaningful signing ceremony on May 23, 2016. Under his auspices the Governors of Cairo, Giza and Qalyubeya exchanged signatures with the Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas (PDP) and thereby sealed several grant agreements that will trigger infrastructural improvements in poor urban areas of Greater Cairo.  The total amount of the contracts is 6.65 Mio Euro. These funds from the European Union are supplemented by additional 740,000 Euro from the Governorates. This landmark event secured infrastructure upgrading measures in five target areas of PDP which are inhabited by a population of over a million. Apart from the Minister himself, the event was attended by Deputy Minister Dr. Ahmed Darwish, Mr. Sebastian Lesch from the German Embassy, Mr. Sébastian Trenner from the European Union Delegation to Egypt and the Programme Coordinator Dr. Guenther Wehenpohl, who co-signed the contracts on the German side.

“The beauty of the project stems from its proximity to residents of informal settlements”, Mr. Lesch explained during his speech that framed the importance of the measures. The selected projects will for example improve educational, health, waste management and sanitary facilities. The Governorates selected the projects in consideration of the needs of the inhabitants, which were previously determined by PDP in a Participatory Needs Assessment.

PDP is an Egyptian-German Development Programme implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Government and co-financed by the European Union.



“Egypt Urban Futures” Seminar Series 4th Session – 29 May 2016

“Urban Mobility in Egypt: Planning, Lived Realities and Innovative Approaches”

The Seminar Series “Egypt Urban Futures” (EUF) is a joint initiative by the CEDEJ (Center for Economic, Legal and Social Studies), UN-HABITAT and GIZ (Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas – PDP) and a continuation of the Expert Discussion Meetings on urban development that have been carried out since 2008.

The EUF Seminar Series aims to build a multi-stakeholder platform for exchange of different approaches, experiences, best practices, and innovative ideas on issues concerning sustainable urban development.

In light of rapid urban expansion, high population growth rates and a steady increase in individual motorized transport in Egypt, long-term planning, innovative ideas and multi-stakeholder cooperation are urgently required to guarantee urban mobility for all residents in future.

Cooperation Partners:

Auditorium of the French Institute, Mounira, Cairo

Simultaneous translation English-Arabic will be provided.

If interested please confirm your attendance by sending an email to: [email protected]


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Full Application (FA) Training Session – Third Call for Proposals

Upgrading Informal Areas in Greater Cairo Governorates

“For improved socio-economic conditions, increased service delivery and enhanced environmental protection in informal areas”

The Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas (PDP) is delighted that so many different organizations from inside and outside Egypt have followed our Third Call for Proposals (3CfP). The Contracting Authority received a total number of 216 Concept Notes.

These Concept Notes have now been checked by independent assessors. Based on their recommendation the Evaluation Committee of the Contracting Authority has approved 111 Concept Notes. Successful Concept Note holders have now been informed to kindly submit their full applications latest by the 26th June 2016.

Note: PDP is currently organizing a 4-day training session for the successful Concept Note holder of the 3CfP. The 4-day training session on ‘How to write a Full Application’ will be held in small groups (about 15 Organization with 2 participants each) during 22.05.-01.06.2016 (indicative) in Pyramisa Hotel, Dokki, Giza.

PDP will invite the successful Concept Note holders to this training session via email!