Poverty and Social Policies
The overall purpose of this thematic theme is to advocate for social policy reforms emphasizing alleviation of poverty, and to engage in such reforms through supporting policy designs and programs’ implementations. Three of the other four thematic areas (Gender and Women’s Empowerment, Health Inequities and Policy Implications, Agricultural and Rural Development) are cross-cutting with the poverty focus as many of their activities and products tend to focus on disadvantaged poor social groups (particularly poor women and those living in squatter areas and working in agriculture).
SRC poverty-related work can be described in two types of activities. One is in collaboration with government units and lead actors. The second covers other types of research efforts.
Faculty members at the SRC have been engaged in work that seeks to address the chronic problems of poverty and deprivation in Egypt and to enable policy and program interventions that can alleviate hardship and realize healthy, equitable and dignified development trajectories. Significant poverty interventions require a broad coalition of partners and also requires a constant field presence. The SRC work on poverty has enjoined international partners ( UNDP, Ford Foundation, Unicef, IPC-Brazil, African Development Bank) and local partners in government (Ministry of Social Solidarity, Ministry of Planning, National Council for Women) and in civil society. This work began in earnest with SRC participation in authoring a chapter and undertaking the survey research for the Egypt Human Development Report on pro-poor growth in 2005. It continued until 2013 when Egypt began to formally adopt new social protection programs. Throughout this decade the research, training, policy advice, and dissemination on poverty and social policy have continued