Giza Governor Dr. Ali Abdel-Rahman and Dr. Günther Wehenpohl, Coordinator of the Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas (PDP) have signed an agreement to jointly work to improve living conditions for residents in Giza’s informal areas over the coming four years.
The signing ceremony took place in Giza Governorate on Tuesday, 23 October 2012.
Both sides agreed to further promote the institutionalisation of participatory methods in dealing with Giza’s informal areas as well as the capacity building of local administration employees. The protocol also stresses the importance of participatory development tools in the context of the Egyptian Revolution’s demands for citizens’ participation rights, social justice and inclusion.
Dr. Abdel-Rahman said: “The new protocol comes in the context of a fruitful cooperation between the governorate and GIZ. It follows the first successful experience in participatory development in Boulaq El-Dakrour between 2004 and 2007 and the subsequent establishment of an urban upgrading unit in the governorate.”
As a next step, focus group discussions with local residents will be carried out over the coming weeks to establish the priorities for development in the two target areas Masaken Geziret El-Dahab and Merkas El-Ibhath. The experiences and lessons learned from both areas will be used by the governorate to apply in other informal areas across the governorate.