The French Government authorized AFD’s intervention  in Egypt in 2004. The Agency started project identifications in 2005. In April 2006, AFD and the Ministry of International Cooperation signed an Framework Agreement, approved by Presidential Decree and ratified by the Parliament; the agreement entered into force in February 2007. Photo © Ed Yourdon


AFD and the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development to provide technical and financial support to NGOs


During her first visit to Egypt, AFD Operations Director Laurence Breton-Moyet, signed a Joint Declaration with the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development in order to work together to provide technical and financial support to strengthen the capacity of NGO and assist them in the implementation of projects for the socio-economic empowerment of women and youth.

Two main areas:

  • job creation by strengthening the employability of young people from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Egypt and giving them access to decent jobs through vocational and technical trainings;
  • and women empowerment by promoting standards, good practices and models of professional equality and sensitizing project partners, both private and public, on issues of gender, inclusion and equal opportunities for women from disadvantaged backgrounds.

This partnership enables the two Institutions to deliver impactful programs in different areas. The partnership leverages SFSD 's strong knowledge of Egypt, and of the priority issues facing the country as well as the key stakeholders and NGOs, and combines that with the expertise of AFD in improving the living conditions of people around the world and promoting sustainable development.

The SFSD has a vast experience in the development field and has worked closely with hundreds of local and international NGOs. SFSD’s extensive field experience, gained through its activities with various partners will be invaluable to the success of this partnership.

AFD and UNICEF sign a grant agreement to support a Ministry of Health and Population primary healthcare project


During her first visit to Egypt, AFD Operations Director Laurence Breton-Moyet, signed a EUR 31M financing package with the Government of Egypt supporting the work of the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP) on enhancing the quality of primary healthcare services in the country.

The Primary Healthcare Support Project marks the first contribution of AFD to the health sector in Egypt. The project seeks to improve quality of care in over 700 Family Health Units in the Delta and Canal Regions and strengthen the health system at large through training, equipment provision and rehabilitation activities.

As part of this financing package, AFD’s Operations Director has signed a grant agreement with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Egypt, Bruno Maes.

Within this new partnership, UNICEF will implement complementary activities to increase health awareness among local beneficiaries and utilization of quality primary health services in the target areas. UNICEF’s response will specifically focus on the first 1,000 days- from pregnancy through a child’s second birthday – when child malnutrition can cause life-long and irreversible damages.

The project builds on UNICEF’s long-term and consolidated partnership with MOHP, and its vast experience in the primary healthcare system in Egypt.

Graduation Ceremony at Cairo Don Bosco Institute in the frame of the Solar Energy program implemented by the AFD, the IECD and Schneider Electric


A graduation ceremony took place on March 7th at Cairo Don Bosco Institute in presence of the Vice Minister of Education Dr. Ahmed Geushey. This ceremony aimed at rewarding the students in third year of electro-technical study at Cairo Don Bosco Institute, who took part to the Solar Energy program implemented by the AFD, the NGO IECD and Schneider Electric.


Following the success met by the “COP 21” contest launched in 2015 for the students of Don Bosco Institutes in Cairo and Alexandria, the AFD, in collaboration with IECD and Schneider Electric, has implemented a development program of innovative projects using solar energy for the students of Don Bosco Institute in Cairo. Worth mentioning that IECD carries out the AFD financed multiannual vocational training program “Seeds of Hope”.
At the end of this program, the students had the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills obtained by working in group of thirty to develop prototypes using the photovoltaic technology to face the needs of the Egyptian energy market. The groups worked respectively on prototypes of solar pumps and integrated solar stations with professional equipment financed by the AFD and Schneider Electric in order to develop products that could be sold in the Egyptian market.
This program gave the student the opportunity to work in teams on current challenges related to the energy mix diversification and climate change mitigation, to get concrete knowledge and skills in a promising sector in Egypt, and to exercise their creativity and innovation skills in order to develop a product from conception to completion, marketing and pricing.
During the graduation ceremony, the students presented the projects they had worked on since October 2016 and they received a certificate attesting the achievement of these projects by IECD and Schneider Electric. 

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