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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have established a Joint Programme, using a pass-through modality, entitled "Social, Economic and Legal Empowerment of Egyptian Women.” This Joint Programme aims to address specific hurdles faced by Egyptian women in order to encourage women’s equal participation in society based on citizenship rights. The integrated programme will be working to strengthen the social, legal and economic empowerment of Egyptian women.

The approach is based on a global theory of change that addresses the underlying causes of women’s exclusion.  Several inter-related outcomes and outputs have been identified in order to achieve the goal of women’s empowerment.  The programme applies a strategy, pairing efforts to build the capacity, skills and knowledge of women with efforts to realign or enhance public, private, civil society and community resources and behaviors.  Combined, these efforts aim to improve the rights of women and women’s equitable participation in social, economic and political system.  Thus, the search is for a connection between the micro level (empowerment of individuals) and the macro level (empowerment of communities). Nevertheless, women cannot achieve gender equality without the cooperation and participation of men. Men – as community, political or religious leaders – often control access to reproductive health information and services, finances, transportation and other resources. As heads of state and government ministers, as leaders of religious and faith-based institutions, as judges, as heads of armies and other agencies of force, as village heads, or indeed as husbands and fathers, men often wield enormous power over many aspects of women’s lives. Clearly, men need to be involved if gender equality is to be achieved. Some research shows that men also want to be involved, and that many welcome the idea of mutually satisfying relationships built on trust and communication. UN work in the field also shows that male leaders, when presented with relevant data, can become valuable allies in addressing gender issues. Effective programmes also recognize that gender roles and relations are dependent on social contexts in which cultural, religious, economic, political and social circumstances are intertwined. They are based on the idea that gender relations are not static and can be changed. This programme builds on all these principles and aims to engage men and boys in all aspects of work. 

This will be in addition to communication and advocacy and process documentation that will be a cross cutting theme throughout the three pillars and key ingredients for women’s empowerment. 

The joint programme has duration of three years and will partner with a number of Government and non-government entities to achieve its goals.

The Joint Programme is administered by the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in accordance with its financial regulations and rules. 


Assistance Strategy

The overarching strategy for the current United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2013 – 2017) is making women's and men's concerns an integral dimension of the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes in all UNDAF priority areas so that women and men benefit equally and inequality is not perpetuated.  This will ultimately contribute to the advancement of the achievement of the human development with gender equality and the empowerment of women in Egypt.  An ‘integrated approach’ is needed to enhance women’s status as equal agents in the democratic path, as partners, and movers and shapers of change to benefit society at large. 

The proposed integrated programme to be implemented through UNDP, UN Women and UNFPA, will build on the comparative advantage of the three Agencies to help address the different multi-faceted challenges that are facing women and young girls in Egypt through supporting a number of initiatives targeting three pillars of women’s empowerment including social, legal and economic empowerment.  The integrated programme will be working at both the grass root and policy levels with full engagement of civil society, as the main agents of change, and the Government of Egypt.

The programme will encompass three outcomes which correspond to the UNDAF outcomes for 2013 – 2017.

Outcome 1.2: Government applies improved pro-poor, inclusive and gender sensitive policies in financial and non-financial services supporting Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs).

Outcome 3.2: National Institutions and CSOs are strengthened to further protect, respect and fulfil Human Rights in line with Egypt’s international commitments, with special focus on women, children, disabled, refugees, the aged and migrants

Outcome 3.4: The voice, leadership, civic engagement and political participation of women and young people are visible and effective in public spheres. 



The “Social, Economic and Legal Empowerment of Egyptian Women” Joint Programme is implemented jointly by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) using a pass-through funding modality. The programmatic and financial accountability rests with the Participating UN Organisations, which manage their respective components of the Joint Programme.

The oversight of the programme will rest with a National Steering Committee, co-chaired by the representative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the UN Resident Coordinator (RC).  The Secretariat of the National Steering Committee will be UNDP as the Lead Agency, supported by the RC office.  In addition to its co-chairs, the Steering Committee consists of UN Women, UNFPA, SIDA representatives and representatives from all implementing partners who will assist in approving the overall programme design and providing on-going oversight of programme activities.  The NSC will provide strategic direction to the programme through endorsing the annual work plans and budgets and deciding on fund allocations, as well as making any necessary adjustments to attain anticipated outcomes. Members provide regular feedback on its implementation and propose any necessary corrective actions to resolve problems, ensure accountability, and make recommendations.

The Programme Management Committee (PMC) which is comprised of focal points from UN and GoE agencies and is responsible for the operational coordination of the programme and its activities.  The PMC will also provide direct oversight over the programme, monitor performance and delivery of results, and liaise with stakeholders on policy issues.  UNDP as the lead agency will chair the PMC. 

Implementing Partners

The Joint Programme is implemented jointly by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) (collectively referred as the “Participating UN Organizations”) using a pass-through funding modality. The programmatic and financial accountability rests with the Participating UN Organisations. 

Administrative Agent

The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) serves as the Administrative Agent (AA). The AA is responsible for, receiving, administering and managing contributions from donors; disburse funds to Implementing Partners, based on PMC approved work plans, consolidating annual and final financial reports; transmit annual/final Consolidated Reports to donors through the PMC.



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Key Figures
Funding Status
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
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Funds with Administrative Agent
Contributions from Donors 6,433,179  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 6,218  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 0  
Refunds by Administrative Agent to Contributors -72,281  
Total source of funds   6,367,115
Transferred to Participating Organizations 6,368,752  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -66,154  
Administrative Agent Fee 64,332  
Direct Cost 0  
Bank Charges 186  
Total use of funds   6,367,115
Balance with Administrative Agent   -0
As a percentage of deposits   - 0.0%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 6,368,752  
Total resources   6,368,752
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 6,302,598  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -66,154  
Total expenses     6,368,752
Balance with Participating Organizations   0
As a percentage of transfers   0%
Total Balance of Funds   -0
As a percentage of deposits   - 0.0%
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Administrative Agent Issues in Egypt

Joint Programme Contact person: Heba Wafa, Programme Analyst,

Administrative Agent issues in the country of the JP: Ignacio Artaza-Zuriarrain, UNDP Country Director, 


Administrative Agent Issues in New York

Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office), Bureau for Management Services, United Nations Development Programme; Fax: +1 212 906 6990;  


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