Middle East & North Africa
Official name: 
Arab Republic of Egypt

Social Protection in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA)

This Online Community (OC) is part of the project "Social Protection Knowledge Generation and Policy Analysis in MENA", a partnership between the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Middle...

Weekly Social Protection Links: 12 June 2020

Weekly Social Protection Links: 24 April 2020

The COVID-19 Global HRP is a joint effort by members of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), including UN, other international organizations and NGOs with a humanitarian mandate, to analyse and respond to the direct public health and indirect immediate humanitarian consequences of the pandemic, particularly on people in countries already facing other crises. 


Ain Shams University

Ain Shams University (Arabic: جامعة عين شمس‎) is an institute of higher education located in Cairo, Egypt. Founded in 1950, the university provides education at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels.


The Ministry of Manpower announced an exceptional grant of 500 Egyptian Pounds to lift the burden on workers in light of the exceptional circumstances the country is going through, and within the framework of the state's plan to protect citizens from the repercussions of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).


According to the Health Care Index, derived from a collation of data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), health ministries and independent watchdogs in the health sector, South Africa topped the African rankings with an index of 64.14. The Health Care Index gives a single measure of the state of each country’s health system. Tunisia scored 57.18, making it the second on the list of African Countries with the best Health care system.


This rapid literature review looks atreports issued by different development agencies; international financial institutions; government bureaus and some academic publications–regarding different social protection/social securityprogrammes and how different tax policies and tax reforms have been used in their financing.


Many Egyptians, especially the poor, are concerned by the government’s apparent intention to replace food ration cards with cash subsidies. The Council of Ministers has said it is considering the change, but has yet to unveil the details of its discussions. In a Jan.14 interview on DMC News, Egyptian Minister of Supply and Internal Trade Ali Moselhi expressed his ministry's preference for the cash payments program. He said cash subsidies aim to increase the system's efficiency and will not reduce the value of subsidies in any way.  


The Federal Government, has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring access to affordable healthcare and robust social protection to member states of the Developing Eight (D-8) countries. The Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada, gave the government’s reassurance yesterday in Abuja during the signing of the Headquarters Country Partnership Agreement for D-8 Health and Social Protection Programme Office. Dada expressed gratitude to D-8 member countries for the honour bestowed on Nigeria to host the Programme Office of the D-8 Health and Social Protectio