Project profile — Women’s Economic Empowerment for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Egypt


UN Women (41146)
2019-03-28 - 2025-05-31
Global Affairs Canada
EGM Europe, Arctic, Middle East and Magh

Country / region 

• Egypt (100.00%)


• Government And Civil Society, General: Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (49.96%)
• Other Social Infrastructure And Services: Employment policy and administrative management (16020) (16.66%)
• Business And Other Services: Business support services and institutions (25010) (16.72%)
• Industry: Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development (32130) (16.66%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to support women’s economic empowerment in Egypt, where women's unemployment is more than three times that of men. Women in Egypt face significant barriers to securing decent work, as well as limited access to financial and non-financial services, discriminatory social norms, and lack of access to social protection or support services. The project works to help create jobs by improving the business-enabling environment, and promoting a culture of entrepreneurship for Egyptian women in high growth sectors such as agribusiness and energy. This project is implemented by UN Women in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Project activities include: (1) providing technical training and advisory services to women-led businesses; (2) supporting the establishment of innovative and green businesses; (3) supporting businesses to mainstream gender in supply chains, review policies and implement new ones that empower women; and (4) supporting women-owned enterprises to access alternative financing. The project expects to reach up to 6,300 direct beneficiaries and approximately 30,000 indirect beneficiaries.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased productivity and job opportunities generated by women entrepreneurs; (2) increased employment of women by businesses; and (3) reduced gender-specific barriers to women’s entrepreneurship and women entering into and remaining in the workforce.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of April 2023 include: (1) reached 3,818 people (2,540 women, 1,278 men), which promoted behavioural change in support of gender equality and female economic empowerment; (2) equipped women and girls with the necessary knowledge on gender equality and economic rights and participation. This also improved the attitudes of men and boys surrounding women’s economic participation and empowerment in the urban slum areas of Dahshour and Manial Shiha; (3) delivered advanced modules of Champions of Change to 1,000 girls and 1,000 boys; (4) completed a final cohort of women’s groups training on gender equality; and (5) trained 2,500 women on gender equality and 1,000 selected to receive financial education and participate in village saving and loan association groups.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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