Monthly Archives: October 2013

The second Egypt Urban Futures workshop on the “The Role of the Private Sector in Urban Upgrading”

Press Release

The GIZ-Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas (PDP) together with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Centre d’études et de documentation économiques, juridiques et sociales (CEDEJ) have successfully implemented the 2nd Egypt Urban Futures Workshop on October 28th at the French Cultural Centre in Mounira, tackling the topic of, the ‘Role of Private Sector in Informal Areas Upgrading)’.

The opening speech has been given by Mrs. Manal Shahin, Manager for Northern Governorates & Greater Cairo NGOs at the Informal Settlements Development Fund (ISDF), where she spoke of joining hands for combating challenge of informal settlements on the public and private side. She also mentioned that ISDF plans to stop the growth of informal settlements until 2017. Then she highlighted that encouraging CSOs to become engaged in development and in the implementation of plans, as well as the importance of the role of the private sector in Corporate Social Responsibility in informal areas upgrading.

Then the workshop was divided into three sessions: a) the role of the informal private sector in informal areas upgrading; b) the role of corporate social responsibility in the informal areas upgrading; and c) the role of formal private sector companies in informal areas upgrading. The speakers came from many prominent organisations i.e. governmental bodies, corporations, international organisations, as well as, development experts and private companies supporting developmental projects; such diversity gave the attendees different perspectives on the topic and allowed for a fruitful discussion.

The workshop series is a joint initiative by the CEDEJ, UN-HABITAT and GIZ-PDP as a continuation of the Expert Discussion Meetings on urban development that have been carried out monthly since 2008.

The PDP is an Egyptian-German development programme implemented by the Ministry of Planning (MoP) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Its aim is to enhance the living conditions for the poor urban population in Informal Areas of Greater Cairo Region.

With € 20 million from the EU and € 4 million from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), PDP works with local partners including public administration, civil society, and the private sector to upgrade altogether four informal areas in the Governorates of Cairo and Giza until 2016.

For further information, please contact Dr. Günther Wehenpohl ([email protected],

Call for proposals: Enhancing employability, promoting income generation and improving services in four informal areas in Cairo and Giza Governorates

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is seeking proposals for projects which will improve the employability and vocational skills of the unemployed, promote income generating activities and improve the standards and range of services available to the community  in the Cairo (Ain Shams and Ezbet el Nasr) and Giza (El Warraq and Masaken Gezirit al Dahab including Saquiet Mekki) Governorates with financial assistance from the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Financial Cooperation with Mediterranean Countries.

The full Guidelines for Applicants are available for consultation at: GIZ, Participatory Development Programme, 12 Saleh Ayoub Str., 5th floor, app. 12, 11211 Zamalek, Cairo and from the following internet sites:

PDP website:

EU website:

The deadline for submission of proposals is 5th January, 2014.

An information session on this Call for Proposals will be held on 10th November 2013 at 9.a.m. However, this date is indicative and date, time and location will be confirmed on the PDP website no later than the 5th November 2013.