With political tensions once again rising as Egypt's new government looks to pass a controversial constitution, This Is Africa, in partnership with the Skoll World Forum, considers what must happen to realise the country's development potential.
Egypt's revolution is far from over, and the future of the country still hangs in the balance. The way forward is uncertain, but in a recent policy paper published by the Brookings Institute, experts argue for legal and regulatory reforms to allow for a new inclusive and equitable economic growth model. Building off this discussion, the Skoll World Forum partnered with the World Bank Institute's Development Marketplace program and asked some of the region's leading authorities how Egypt can best design a set of policies and practices that enable social progress for all of its citizens.
Wael Rafea, joint programme manager of Pro-Poor Horticulture Value Chains in Upper Egypt for UNDP: "The agricultural cooperative movement, started in 1908, helps small-scale producers and farmers build bargaining power, and be equal partners within supply chains. They need access to information, skills and resources." Read the article here.
Soraya Salti , senior vice-president of Middle East/North Africa for Junior Achievement Worldwide, INJAZ al-Arab: Give Egyptian youth a platform to exercise their entrepreneurial abilities, and they will build their country's next line of social enterprises and empower their own generation in turn. Read the article here.
Dr. Raghda El Ebrashi, founder and Chairperson of Alashanek ya Balady Association for Sustainable Development: We have more than 30,000 NGOs in Egypt. However, many are not active, and others are facing legal and funding challenges. We always say with this number of NGOs, poverty and illiteracy shouldn't exist here. Read the article here.
Nadine Kettaneh, founder and Managing Partner of Willow Impact Investors: As the world tests new models of inclusive finance and equitable development, it seems only natural that Egypt's vibrant voluntary sector should join forces with the private sector to bring together capital and knowledge. Read the article here.
Ehaab D. Abdou, head of the MENA Development Marketplace program at the World Bank Institute: There are already good policy foundations on which to build in Egypt. Although there are still many business environment reforms yet to undertake, improvements in this area have given Egypt a relatively good basis on which to promote inclusive businesses (IBs). Read the article here.