UN Migration Agency (IOM) Marks the Completion of HAYAT Project for Human Security through Socio-Economic Development in Upper Egypt

The International Organization for Migration in Egypt (IOM), with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) marked the completion of HAYAT Project: “Human security through inclusive socio-economic development in Upper Egypt”. The project ran from June 2013 to December 2017 with the aim to improve the human security of vulnerable communities of Edwa and Maghagha districts in Minya Governorate.  

IOM provided sustainable livelihood alternatives to irregular migration and assisted the communities in Edwa and Maghagha to better integrate Egyptian returnees from Libya. IOM partnered with the former Ministry of Manpower and Emigration (MoME) to establish an Information, Counseling and Referral Services Unit (ICRS) within the Public Employment Services (PES) Office in Minya Governorate to provide employment and employability services to under- and unemployed youth. These services include counseling, job scouting, referral to wage and self-employment as well as training opportunities, and job placement, when possible. “Of course we have to start from scratch, but there are also opportunities here”, says Ragab Mohammed, a beneficiary of the ICRS office addressing unemployed youth from El-Edwa. Providing for five family members, Mohammed returned from Libya due to increasing security risks. Now he has a full time job in Cairo with medical insurance, accommodation and transportation between Cairo and Minya.

IOM’s component within the UN Trust Fund project achieved other successful interventions, including the establishment of a Vocational Training Centre specialized in housekeeping and a School-to-Work unit within the Minya Advanced Technical School for the Hotels and Tourism Services to provide the school’s graduates with employment services, as well as to serve other members of the local communities. Awareness raising activities were provided to over 800 beneficiaries to contribute towards changing the negative perceptions towards blue-collar jobs and encourage relocation to other governorates in search of job opportunities. Two local NGOs improved their capacity to act as employment centers in Edwa and Maghagha districts.

Technical and financial support were provided to 60 beneficiaries from Edwa and Maghagha districts, Minya Governorate – 67% of whom were female job seekers –to establish commercial or home-based micro-enterprises. Business development, value chain, and specialized technical trainings were provided in various specializations: Khyameya, hairdressing, sewing, mobile and computer maintenance. 

IOM’s economic security, employment and employability component within HAYAT served over 2650 beneficiaries through referral services, over 2100 through awareness raising and career development sessions, and over 800 through soft skills, technical and entrepreneurship trainings.

The initiative supports the achievement of UN Sustainable Goals 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth and 10 Reduced Inequalities, as well as the realization of Egypt’s Sustainable Development Strategy: Vision 2030, particularly with regards to “creating a fair, integrated society that is characterized by equality in rights and economic, social and political opportunities.”

For more information contact Teuta Grazhdani, at Tel: +202-27365140; Email: iomegypt@iom.int.