The Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas, under the auspices of Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Development (MoHUUD), held its 6th Steering Committee Meeting. Representatives from six other Ministries and the three Governorates of Cairo, Giza and Qalyubeya attended the meeting on Nov 19th 2015 .
The EU Delegation was represented by Mr Stephane David, Programme Manager, who expressed the keen interest of the EU in urban development projects in Egypt’s informal areas.
Dr. Gunther Wehenpohl, Programme Coordinator, gave a brief overview of PDP’s progress in managing the EU grant schemes for urban upgrading projects. Michael Heathcote, PDP’s Head of Funds Management Component, spoke about 33 ongoing urban upgrading projects that are implemented by NGOs and 14 small and medium scale infrastructure projects (funded by the EU) that will be carried out by Cairo and Giza Governorates. Mrs. Heba Behairy, PDP’s Head of Institutionalisation Component, highlighted the objectives and achievements of the capacity building programme conducted by PDP and the PNA results.
Eng Mohamed Nasser, Acting Director of ISDF, and Dr. Howaida Barakat, International Cooperation Advisor, welcomed the participations and expressed their appreciation for PDP’s work in the development of informal areas.
The Q&A session was a great opportunity for reflection and clarification by other ministries regarding PDP’s activities and achievements. Ministries also expressed their interest in further cooperation with PDP:
“we in the vocational sector of Ministry of Education are interested in cooperating with PDP’s planning regarding the education lot of the PDP’s future call for proposals”
Dr. Saber Soliman, Head of Vocational Education and Training Sector, MOE.
It was mentioned that PDP currently prepares the third call for proposals that should be launched in early 2016. Additional funding will be provided for further infrastructure projects to be implemented by the above-mentioned three Governorates.
The PDP responds to the needs identified by the community and that are in line with governmental priorities for urban upgrading of informal areas. The PDP is funded by the EU and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).