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Our Work

farm family from Aswan
USAID helps smallholder farmers like this one in Aswan adhere to global standards for export.
USAID/Claudia Gutierrez

For over four decades, the American people have partnered with the people of Egypt to promote an environment where all groups in Egyptian society can lead healthy, productive lives.

USAID’s program in Egypt, totaling over $30 billion since 1978, has directly and fundamentally supported gains such as a reduction in infant and maternal mortality rates, improvement in reading ability in the early grades, and an increase in marketable skills – leading to jobs and lasting prosperity.

USAID’s programs in education, health, economic growth, and governance are contributing to stability and prosperity for Egyptians through accessible, effective, and accountable institutions. Our programs are giving future generations the tools to succeed and providing opportunities for Egypt’s large youth population as it enters higher education and the workforce. USAID is improving agriculture and water productivity and enhancing livelihoods in rural zones where poverty and lack of jobs, especially for youth and women, are all too common. We seek to enhance the contributions of government officials, civil society, communities, and individuals to build and strengthen institutions that meet the political and economic needs of the Egyptian people.  

ECONOMIC GROWTH: USAID works with public and private sector partners to create more – and better – jobs, especially in the labor-intensive agriculture and tourism sectors.  USAID’s programs improve the policy and business regulatory environment, stimulate entrepreneurship, and strengthen enterprises. They improve the employability of Egypt’s youth and provide support and financing for micro, small, and medium enterprises.  USAID also advances women’s economic empowerment through facilitating increased employment opportunities and working with businesses to adopt gender-balanced policies.  In addition, USAID is providing training and expertise to increase the exporting capacities of small and medium enterprises – including agribusinesses – in order to expand export markets, buyer contacts, and sales.  In tourism, USAID works with international and local organizations to conserve Egypt’s rich cultural and natural heritage, which increase both skills and employment.

EDUCATION: Through innovative teacher training, curriculum development, and policy reform, USAID activities improve the access of Egyptian young people to quality basic and higher education. USAID has helped the Egyptian government expand a successful model of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics instruction in high schools. It is focused on strengthening the vocational and higher education sectors and aligning the skills of graduates with labor market needs.  USAID is also providing scholarship assistance for a diverse range of Egyptians – including women, people with disabilities, and talented students with high financial need – to study disciplines in high demand for Egypt’s economy, such as business, science, agriculture, water management, and engineering.

HEALTH: USAID’s health programs enhance the quality of health services, improve technical and management capacity of healthcare workers, and support research and monitoring. To improve health and promote a stronger workforce, key programmatic areas include voluntary family planning; maternal, neonatal, and child health and nutrition; and emerging and infectious disease detection and response.

GOVERNANCE: USAID is working in partnership with the Egyptian people to prevent violence against women, combat trafficking in persons, promote women's empowerment, and strengthen economic governance. Our work supports the commitment and accomplishments of the Egyptian people in their transition to an inclusive, representative government through activities that focus on the empowerment of marginalized groups to participate more fully in democratic processes.

Last updated: May 12, 2020

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