On 18th of November 2014, the Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas (PDP) successfully inaugurated together with Ahmed Taimor, Deputy Cairo Governor the Governorate District Urban Upgrading Unit (UUU) in Ain Shams, Cairo Governorate. Only two days later, on 20th of November 2014, the PDP successfully inaugurated together with Dr. Aly Abdel Rahman, the Governor of Giza, the UUU in South Giza district in the Giza Governorate. Both events were attended by around 30 partners, Governorate representatives and colleagues. By revealing the memorial marble plates at both premises and cutting the ribbon the events symbolically marked the operation start of both units. In the Ain Shams is located within the premises of the administrative body of the Ain Shams district and will be employing up to six staff members. It is one of four units which are all located within the Cairo Governorate. The South Giza UUU which is located within the premises of the administrative body of the Giza district, will be having around five staff members and is one of three units which are all located within the Giza Governorate.
For the PDP the UUUs are an important part in its participatory approach of upgrading informal areas. Through the units, the development measure is able to further capacity development, institutionalisation as well as decentralisation of administrative bodies. “The general role of the UUUs is to provide strategies and implement mechanisms for the development of informal areas at the Governorate level,” said Dr. Guenther Wehenpohl, Programme Coordinator PDP. “Furthermore, they facilitate technical interventions and approaches as well as support different management styles in urban upgrading.” As each District has its special areas where the PDP implements several projects, the respective UUU has its own tasks to fulfil apart from the general role it plays. In the case of Ain Shams, the unit will be preparing infrastructure projects for the development of informal areas, coordinating with NGOs and youth alliances of the District to prioritize projects, carrying out required and administrative works and attend trainings and meetings. While the UUU in South Giza will be responsible for tasks such as coordinating development mechanisms for informal and unplanned areas using participatory methods to engage the residents and relevant stakeholders, identifying development needs and coordinating the resources required for that and following up with the implementation of all projects. Both events were followed by a lively press conference.
from left to right: Sébastian Trenner, Head Social Section, European Union Delegation to Egypt, H.E. Ahmed, Deputy Cairo Governor, Dr. Guenther Wehenpohl, Programme Coordinator PDP and Eng. Soad Naguib, Deputy Minister of Urban Renewal and Informal Settlements after revealing the marble plate at the Ain Shams UUU.
from left to right: H.E. Dr. Aly Abdel Rahman, the Governor of Giza, Dr. Guenther Wehenpohl, Programme Coordinator PDP and Eng. Soad Naguib, Deputy Minister of Urban Renewal and Informal Settlements cutting the ribbon at the South Giza UUU.