Within the framework of the project “WEE.CAN! – Women’s Economic Empowerment: Host Communities and Syrian Refugees working together to create New livelihood opportunities” funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), M.A.I.S. NGO and Benaa El-Insan Foundation published this report as first milestone of the project.
The general aim of the competence gap analysis and market analysis in Egypt is to provide a snapshot of the current status quo of the socio-economic situation of Syrian refugee women and vulnerable women in Egypt. It will be used as a baseline to design vocational trainings and microfinance activities, that ultimately aim at encouraging Egypt to promote the socio-economic inclusion of refugees, and to support the resilience of host communities for more sustainable recovery and development.
The two studies were conducted to:
1) Provide an accurate assessment of Egyptian and Syrian women in Damietta and Sharqia governorates as for nationality, background, education, skills, work experience, ability to work, aspirations and economic conditions, in addition to access to supportive functions ;
2) Assess rules and regulations: legal framework and attitudes of the host communities ;
3) Explore the current market trends and anticipated developments, as well as sectors and subsectors with potential and possible employment opportunities for Egyptian and Syrian women.
In addition to presenting the findings and methodologies of the studies, the report further showcases strengths, weaknesses, challenges and recommendations for target women’s economic empowerment through sustainable livelihood opportunities.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.