Oxfam works in Egypt to strengthen civil society, to improve poor people’s livelihoods, to strengthen social and political participation, and to promote women’s rights.
Oxfam has been working in Egypt since the early 1980s. Egypt is classified as a lower middle-income country, which masks the reality of extensive poverty.
About 30 million of Egypt's 82 million people live in poverty
Two million people live on less than one dollar a day.
On January 25th, 2011, Egyptians took to the streets protesting against Mubarak’s 30 year reign. 18 days later he was removed from power. The Egyptian revolution expressed civic action at its finest, with men, women and even children, from all walks of life spanning the length of Egypt, engaged in peaceful political protest.
Since those days, Egyptians have been undergoing a rocky transitional period, as different forces try to dominate the political scene, and many of the changes promised by the revolution, have seemingly come under threat. Egyptian civil society has an important task ahead of it, not only in pushing the process of democratization forward and ensuring the participation of poor and marginalized people, but also in making any future democratic system accountable once established.
We work to alleviate poverty, to strengthen, empower and amplify democratic voices so they are heard at the regional and international levels. Sustainable social changes need to come from the bottom up.
The Arab Spring has created opportunities for political, economic and social change. Oxfam and our Egyptian partner organizations strive to make this change positive and durable for women and poor people, and to increase the social and political participation of women, youth and marginalized people.
We support the development of sustainable livelihoods - secure food, income and employment - in particular in the agricultural sector for small farmers and among women.
We help small famers organize in order to claim their rights to land and water, and to secure the position of women as agricultural day laborers, small farmers or producers. Financial services are a means to achieving sustainable income, but in rural areas access for women and youth to financial services needs to improve.
Social and political participation
We work to improve people’s access to resources and their ability to take part in decisions that concern them. Our local partners work on raising people’s awareness of their rights, and support legal aid and litigation on issues related to human rights and labor rights.
Coalition building, capacity development and regional and international linking are important aspects of this work.
Gender inequality is a significant obstacle to sustainable development. In all our work in Egypt, we and our partners aim to improve the situation of women, from countering violence against women, to working on specific gender issues, such as bodily integrity, sexual and reproductive rights.
We also lobby and advocate at the community to national levels for improved legislation.