The Egyptian government, which invests in social safety, is working on a long-term strategy and an integrated vision to ensure the inclusion of every citizen so that all parents and children may lead a decent life free of poverty, UNICEF Representative in Egypt Jeremy Hopkins said Tuesday.
Hopkins made the remarks during the launch ceremony of the UN report on human development in Egypt for 2021, held in the New Administrative Capital in the presence of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.
He noted that social protection is not merely limited to reducing poverty, but it also pertains to creating a better future.
Hopkins further said that social protection is an essential element for building all-inclusive education and healthcare systems and strengthening social cohesion and stability on the long run.
Hopkins applauded the high level of efficiency and effectiveness that distinguish Egypt's Takaful and Karama Cash Transfer Program, describing it as the largest national cash transfer program across the region.
Egypt has been providing cash to poor households through its first conditional cash transfer program, Takaful and Karama, a social protection program run by the Ministry of Social Solidarity (MoSS), since March 2015. Takaful (“Solidarity”) supports poor families with children under 18, while Karama (“Dignity”) supports the elderly poor and people living with disabilities.