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WFP Egypt Country Brief, January 2017

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  • The Egyptian Geospatial Information Portal, developed by WFP in collaboration with the Central Agency for Public mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), was honored with the 8th Smart GovAward.

  • On 12 January, WFP Egypt hosted the WFP Global Dinner in partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MBC Al Amal, Marriott and MBC Misr.

  • Since January, WFP supports Syrian refugees in Egypt under the Regional PRRO 200987 through livelihood activities in addition to the general food distribution. WFP Egypt completed distributions to refugees from Syria under Emergency Operation 200433 in 2016.

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Award winning Egyptian Geospatial Information Portal: As part of its government capacity development activities contributing to enhancing food security situation of vulnerable households in Egypt, WFP provided financial and technical support to establish a Geospatial Portal for Food and Nutrition Security and Disaster management (GPSD). This knowledge sharing platform was developed in collaboration with the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), the official statics agency in Egypt that includes one of the biggest data repositories in the MENA region. It offers shared information that enables access to statistics and datasets, serving as a basis for social and economic decisions and allows to effectively address food and nutrition issues.

The portal won the Smart Gov Award in the category of EGov services in Egypt from the Excellence Award Academy (EAA), considered as one of the top award programmes in the Middle East. The portal is also nominated for the Pan Arab Excellence Award.

WFP Global Dinner Cairo: Every year, WFP convenes between 100-120 high-level partners at its World Leaders’ Dinner during the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos to discuss issues surrounding food security and nutrition. WFP Egypt, selected as one among 13 WFP offices worldwide, highlighted the issue of food security in Egypt its Global Dinner in Cairo on 12 January. The dinner was attended by over 170 guests including government officials, private sector stakeholders, ambassadors, donors, and celebrities. The dinner was designed to engage guests keeping away from the traditional set up of similar events, making it a unique experience. After the compelling speech by WFP Regional Director in Cairo, the celebrity Chef Hassan, offered a live cooking show.

Support to refugees from Syria: WFP continues its support to Syrian populations in the country under the new Regional PRRO 200987. WFP will provide direct general food assistance to Syrian refugees and vulnerable Egyptians through restricted electronic cash-based transfer. In addition, to increase beneficiaries’ self-reliance, WFP will provide support through livelihood activities, including vocational training, income generating activities, provision of grants, the maintenance and rehabilitation of schools, health centres and other community infrastructures.