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ONGOING OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES
EGYPT 
PROGRAMMES:
  • Comprehensive Development for the City of Luxor
  • Sustainable Growth and Development in the Governorate of Ismailia: 

  • Urban Upgrading in the Ismailia Governorate
     
    Comprehensive Development for the City of Luxor
    Total cost
    $992,600 

    Partners
    Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities 
    Higher Council of Luxor City 
    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 
    United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) 

    Background and objectives
    This project supports the Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities in extending technical assistance to the Higher Council for Luxor City to formulate and implement a strategic development plan for sustainable development of Luxor and for enlisting worldwide support for implementation of priority projects.  UN-Habitat is using $120,000 of the budget for capacity-building.  The project will create an efficient framework for guiding development, attracting investment from the private sector and international institutions for priority projects; prepare a strategic development plan drawing on worldwide expertise and initiate implementation of priority projects; formulate a major programme to involve local human resources in the development process and generate new jobs in tourism-related small enterprises; establish an environmental management programme to deal with pollution and environmental degradation; and accomplish an integrated training and human resources development programme for the local administration staff, community leaders and NGOs.

    Activities
    The project is using urban planning and management techniques developed by the Sustainable Cities Programme, particularly consultations and working groups as a participatory interface between an international consulting consortium preparing the development plan and the interested parties.  As the project is of national importance, working groups have been formed at the national and city levels.  This approach ensures involvement of beneficiaries and interested parties throughout the process. Four working groups have been established on tourism, investment, development and follow-up of ongoing authorizations.  The working groups have assessed the current situation, highlighting major issues, problems, developmental needs and deficiencies. These findings are conveyed to the international consulting consortium so as to be addressed in their plans.  Furthermore, the working groups provide inputs to the consortium and participate in the decision-making process regarding proposals.

    Results
    Through the participatory approaches used including city consultations and thematic working groups, the project has been able to ensure involvement of parties in the comprehensive development planning process.  The comprehensive development plan has been completed and the implementation stage is under way.  Ministry and local staff is being trained on the job and through study tours.  The project will organize a donor round table to fund the plan.
     
     
     

    Sustainable Growth and Development in the Governorate of Ismailia: 
    Urban Upgrading in the Ismailia Governorate
    Total cost
    $2,980,000 

    Partners
    Governorate of Ismailia 
    Social Development Fund of Egypt
    Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) 
    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 
    United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) 

    Background and objectives
    The project, building on the success of the first phase of the sustainable Ismailia project aims at promoting environmentally sustainable economic growth in the Governorate of Ismailia.  The project has two components: sustainable use of natural resources through participatory urban and environmental planning and management  and, job creation and investment through entrepreneurial capacity-building of NGOs to enhance their access to credit and to create an improved business environment to attract large-scale private investment to the Governorate.  Because one of the priorities raised by the city consultations was slum upgrading, an application was submitted to the joint World Bank/UN-Habitat Cities Alliance for additional funding to prepare feasibility studies for upgrading two pilot areas in Ismailia (El Hallous and El Bahtini).

    Activities
    The project started in May 1997 and is being executed by the Ismailia Governorate, with UN-Habitat as the cooperating agency.  Lessons learned and experience gained are the point of departure of this project, where replication of the environmental planning and management process in the four towns surrounding Ismailia City has been completed.  National and international experts have been recruited to assist in formulating an environmental profile for the Governorate and for each markaz to undertake four markaz-wide consultations and to assist working groups in strategy formulation and action planning establish an environmental management information system in order to produce an updated base map for each of the four marakez and to provide detailed project development information for bankable investment projects. Implementation of the Cities Alliance component on slum upgrading began in the fall of 2000.

    Results
    The environmental profiles of the Ismailia governorate and the four towns have been completed and a training centre rehabilitated, where project training activities are taking place.  The training centre, managed by an NGO, serves various sustainable development training requirements within the governorate.  The environmental planning and management approach has been institutionalized as the Governorate has established a sustainable development council to discuss development issues in the Governorate.  The Governorate has commenced work on activities of Cities-Alliance-funded project aiming at producing feasibility studies for slum upgrading (social and physical surveys already completed).  The project is also developing a framework for replication at the national level with the Ministry of Local Development, as main focal point, together with other partners at the national level. 
     

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