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Egypt: 3RP Monthly Update - December 2015: Basic Needs and Livelihoods

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More than 9,684,355 USD injected into the local economy through the monetization of assistance since the beginning of 2015


  • A total of 31,291 vulnerable Syrian refugees were assisted in Egypt through the provision of monthly cash grants.

  • The initial assessment has been finalized with the whole Syrian population that was initiated in the of 2014. Preliminary results of the socio-economic assessment by UNHCR and WFP have indicated that over 80 per cent (98,000 individuals) of those assessed to date are in situations of severe or high vulnerability . These results indicate that the refugees are living on less than half of the Minimum Expenditure Basket (MEB) of EGP 592.4 (USD 75.6) per month per refugee, and require support - including through cash grants - to meet their basic needs. Reassessment is foreseen for all current beneficiaries every six months.

  • ILO has developed a range of tools for aspiring existing entrepreneurs. Community-Based Enterprise Development (C-BED) is quite unique because of its ‘learning without a trainer’ methodology that is applied through action-based group learning. In a two-day workshops, entrepreneurs were able to help each other understand formal business concepts, such as costing or marketing, and develop stronger skills for business improvement. An Introduction and Demonstration Training on C-BED was implemented in Alexandria from 7 – 9 December with livelihood actors in Egypt including ILO, UNHCR,
    Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Caritas which was followed by a demonstration training with groups of refugees from Alexandria. Positive feedback was received with suggestions on how to best adapt the tool to the context in Egypt. UNHCR and ILO decided to test this cost-effective business training with urban refugees in Egypt. C-BED will be included as part of the business training for the self-employment track in 2016.