Type of practice:
The “Aslak Altayeb” initiative, launched by the Ministry of Emigration and Egyptian Expatriates' Affairs, aims at the contribution of Egyptians abroad in supporting and developing the economic, educational, health and social aspects of the Egyptian rural villages within the framework of the national project “Hayah Karima" (aka Decent life), which is a multi-faceted and integrated national initiative endorsed by the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt. It seeks to raise the standard of living in more than 4,000 Egyptian villages, and improving the quality of life for 58 million citizens over the next 3 years including various health, social, and living aspects. This initiative includes Implementation of several infrastructure projects for citizens in different governorates, starting with Fayoum governorate in Egypt, which is one of the top ten governorates with high rates of irregular migration.
Benefit and Impact
Regular discussions with the immigrants showed genuine interest to contribute to the improvement of social and health indicators and economic empowerment in Egypt particularly to the areas where immigrants come from, in order to ensure a decent life for the new generation.
The efforts of Egyptians abroad was also reflected in their participation in supporting the state’s efforts to confront disasters, by providing immediate support to the people of Aswan during the flood crisis, as well as in the face of climate changes. A number of Egyptians abroad participated in the "Be Prepared for Green" campaign in Gharbia to confront climate change, starting from the village of "Saft Trab", which comes in line with Egypt's preparations to host the COP 27.
“Your Good Origin” initiative also succeeded in supporting many hospitals with medical devices, in addition to participating in mobile medical convoys in several governorates, to share their experiences in supporting the health of citizens from the most vulnerable groups.
Recommendations(if the practice is to be replicated)
The government should always reach out to the diaspora whenever there are national developmental efforts in need of support whether financial or technical. Support of the diaspora should not only be limited financial, but can also include technical expertise.
Including diaspora in developmental efforts of their country of origin, while targeting the governorates with the highest rates of irregular migration as a way to combat the phenomenon. It targets the root causes of irregular migration in these governorates which are mainly the lack of economic opportunities and basic services.