Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi meets with representatives of the institutions of the National Alliance for Civil Development Work (NACDW). Egyptian Presidency
This coincides with declaring 2022 as the year of civil society and in pursuance of the ongoing efforts to promote social protection of citizens in most need, by providing all possible forms of support, Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.
NACDW was launched in March to ensure effective engagement of civil society institutions in developing communities and meeting their legitimate needs in service, health, education, awareness, and urban fields.
The alliance comprises 24 associations, civil society organisations, and service and developmental entities.
El-Sisi announced the contribution during a meeting today with Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly, Chief of the General Intelligence Service (GIS) Abbas Kamel, and heads of the member institutions of the NACDW.
The president also urged the charity and development efforts of the alliance so as to expand activities regarding creating jobs and increasing production, thus having a positive economic impact.
The president voiced appreciation for the alliance's social activities.
In July, NACDW announced in a statement allocating EGP 2.4 billion to support 400,000 impoverished families on a monthly basis for one year amid the current global crisis.
The NACDW will continue its social protection, Wasl El-Khair initiative, to provide nutritional, medical, and social care as well as economic empowerment opportunities to around five million families in 2022.
The alliance’s decision came to ease the current global economic impasse and expand the number of beneficiaries from the social protection programmes as per President El-Sisi’s directives, the statement explained.
Focus on social protection
Amid the current global economic crisis, El-Sisi has urged the government to focus on the enhancement of social protection programmes in the coming period.
In a cabinet meeting late last month, El-Sisi instructed the addition of one million new families to the Takaful and Karama (Solidarity and Dignity) cash support programmes, thus increasing the number of beneficiaries to more than 20 million citizens nationwide.
El-Sisi also directed the government to disburse a total of EGP 1 billion per month for the next six months as exceptional aid to nine million families.
Recipients will include the neediest families and pensioners who receive less than EGP 2,500 per month as well as state employees whose monthly salaries are less than EGP 2,700.
In addition, two million subsidised food boxes will be made available each month at half their price from the Egyptian Armed Forces’ food markets. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Endowment in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Solidarity will distribute Eid Al-Adha meat throughout the year.
Earlier in July, Minister of Finance Mohamed Maait said that EGP 356 billion of the fiscal year (FY) 2022/23 budget have been allocated for social protection and subsidisidies, while another EGP 400 billion will go towards improving the conditions of public sector employees, including wages and compensations.
Out of the EGP 356 billion allocated by Egypt’s FY 2022/23 budget for social protection and subsidies, Maait said EGP 90 billion went for subsidising food commodities and bread to ensure their availability for about 71 million citizens.
Some EGP 22 billion are allocated for Takaful and Karama (‘Solidarity and Dignity’) programmes that provide aid for four million families, Maait said.