Academy on Rural Development: Towards Decent Work for Young People in the Rural Economy, for the first time in Egypt

In an effort to promote decent work for Egypt’s rural youth, the ILO Cairo office partnered with the Centre, FAO and UNIDO in hosting the third edition of the Rural Development Academy. It was held for the first time in Egypt, in the city of Luxor, from 16 to 20 October 2016.

In her opening speech, Dr Sahar Nasr, Minister of International Cooperation, emphasized the importance of the Academy and decent work in rural development for Upper Egypt:  “Our presence here in Luxor delivers a very important message, as it confirms that we are focusing on Upper Egypt, and we are offering a very important programme to enable young people to acquire the best jobs,” said Dr Nasr.

The Governor of Luxor highlighted his commitment to the development of Upper Egypt and his willingness to pilot rural development projects that can be scaled up. “The governorate of Luxor is supportive of all the teams working on the ground in Luxor to achieve tangible results in the near future,” said Governor Badr. “We would like to achieve success by first running pilot projects in one or two villages, then replicating the exercise on a wider scale.”

The Academy gave participants the opportunity to acquire information from experts on tried-and-tested national and regional projects, and so adopt a variety of integrated approaches, tools and training packages that will contribute to achieving an inclusive, sustainable and prosperous rural economy. 

The ILO Cairo Director, Mr Van Rooij, also stressed the importance of rural development in Egypt, which can be achieved in particular by creating decent work opportunities for young people.

The ILO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Egyptian Countryside Development Company (ECDC) at the Academy. The aim is to provide a framework for collaboration, supporting the ECDC in its mandate to manage Egypt’s national project of cultivating 1.5 million feddans[1] across 16 locations in Egypt.

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[1]feddan (Arabic: فدّان‎‎, faddān) is a unit of area. The term is used in Egypt, Sudan, Syria and the Sultanate of Oman. In Classical Arabic, it means 'a yoke of oxen', implying the area of land that can be tilled by them in a certain time.

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