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Poverty

BASIC INFORMATION

  • Life expectancy: Total population: 71.85 years; males: 69.3 years; females: 74.52 years (2008 est.)
  • Infant mortality rate: Total: 28.36 deaths/1,000 births; males: 30.06 deaths/1,000 births; females: 26.57 deaths/1,000 births (2008 est.)
  • Malnutrition: 4% (2002/2004)
  • Access to clean water: 98% (2004)
  • Access to sanitary facilities: 70% (2004)
  • Human Poverty Index: Ranks 48th of 108 (2007/2008)
  • Gini index: 34.4 (2001)
  • Population below the poverty line: 20% (2005 est.)

Poverty is a major challenge, particularly in rural areas, where very few major Egyptian or German companies are located. Food shortages are increasingly a problem in the cities as well – a result of rising prices for basic foods, Egypt’s dramatic population growth and alternative uses for farmland.

PARTICIPANTS

Possible participants include organizations for development cooperation (GTZ etc.), chambers of commerce, trade associations, trade unions, ministries (Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises) and political foundations (such as the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation).

GTZ in Egypt
http://www.gtz.de/en/weltweit/maghreb-naher-osten/671.htm

CIM Egypt
http://www.cimonline.de/en/worldwide/375.asp

German-Arab Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Cairo
http://aegypten.ahk.de/index.php?id=82&no_cache=1&L=15

Friedrich Naumann Foundation
http://www.fnst-freiheit.org/webcom/show_article.php/_c-1558/_nr-7/... (deutsch)

Nahdet Al Mahrousa Association 
NGO focusing on youth work
http://www.nahdetmasr.org

COMPANY EXAMPLES

 

KRAFT FOODS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH

CSR WeltWeit-Fallstudie: Nachhaltiger Kaffeeanbau in Kooperation mit der Rainforest Alliance

 

MARRIOTT HOTEL, CAIRO

The Marriott Hotel provides food for the poor in Cairo, an initiative launched at the personal instigation of the company’s German general manager.

 

MERCEDES-BENZ EGYPT

Mercedes-Benz Egypt is currently establishing a service modeled after an organization in Hamburg called “Hamburger Tafel,” which takes food donated by hotels and distributes it to the poor.

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