WFP Egypt Country Brief, November 2020

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

US$ 3.8 m cash based transfers made

US$ 21.6 m six months (December 2020 – May 2021) net funding requirements

340,685 people assisted in November 2020

Operational Updates

• As of 30 November 2020, a total of 115,541 COVID-19 cases and 6,636 deaths were confirmed in Egypt (EgyptToday). The Government has warned of a gradual increase in COVID-19 cases and issued stricter enforcement of protective measures (e.g. use of facemasks) in all public spaces and transportation.

• As part of the global campaign of ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence’, WFP in coordination with the Ministry of Education and National Council for Women are providing online webinars targeting community school students in 7 governorates. The webinars are conducted online through the use of interactive and engaging educational content on gender-based violence delivered through the use of tablets provided by WFP.

• WFP assisted about 26,400 families of community school children in six governorates with cash transfers redeemable at local retail shops. The assistance aims to protect the food security of vulnerable families from economic shock resulting from the COVID-19 crisis.

• Building on WFP’s extensive expertise and support to Egypt’s Ministry of Social Solidarity (MOSS) in microloans and livelihood support, the Ministry and WFP are working towards strengthening institutional and individual capacities of the national Takaful Foundation (affiliated to the Ministry’s financial and non-financial entrepreneurship services for those in need) as well as the development of an e-payment solution for microloans that would allow for minimal human interaction in time of COVID-19.

• WFP, together with the Ministry of Education and its local departments in Qena, Fayoum and Luxor, concluded the physical assessment of about 690 community schools for their transformation into ‘Community Hubs’. The ‘Community Hubs’ model involves the transformation of regular community schools into learning hubs equipped with teaching technologies (such as a tablet, internet access, projector screen, etc.). As of November 2020, a total of 69 Community Hubs have been established across Egypt.

• WFP provided food assistance in the form of cash-based transfers to about 108,000 refugees to help secure their basic food needs during this critical period. The assisted refugees come from 9 different nationalities.

• As part of the ‘First 1,000 days’ national programme and WFP’s COVID-19 emergency response, WFP in collaboration with MOSS, provided cash top-ups of EGP 200 through the Egyptian Post Office to about 40,600 households with children under two years of age under the umbrella of the national social protection programme, ‘Takaful and Karama’.