5 December 2023
MCIT Awarded AGFUND International Prize for Human Development

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) has received the Prince Talal International Prize for Human Development 2022 for the Digital Transformation for Sustainable Development in Egypt (DT4SDE) project. The award was presented by the Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFUND) at the ceremony held in conjunction with the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, UAE.

MCIT won the prize in Sustainable Development Goal 8 on decent work and economic growth. DT4SDE received the third category prize, specified for projects implemented by governmental bodies (ministries and public institutions) or social business enterprises.

The project is carried out by the Central Department of Digital Community Development at MCIT, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). DT4SDE was one of 108 projects nominated for the Prize in its four categories.

As part of the award ceremony, a panel discussion convened, featuring representatives from the winning projects across all four award categories. The discussion spotlighted the pivotal role of DT4SDE in advancing the adoption of ICT solutions and applications, elevating digital awareness, and nurturing sustainable community development by enhancing the digital skills of citizens. The overarching goal is to cultivate a knowledge-based society and fortify the foundations of the digital economy.

DT4SDE focuses on three key groups; the first is women entrepreneurs and artisans in different parts of the country. Under the Qodwa Tech initiative, women undergo training to leverage technology for enhancing their production, design, and marketing skills. Additionally, they are qualified to serve as mentors, training other women and girls in the process. The aim is to preserve heritage crafts, actively contribute to the development of local communities, and foster the economic and social empowerment of women.

The second focus group is persons with disabilities (PwDs), specifically job seekers, addressed through the National Network for PWD Services (Taheel). The network acts as a vital bridge connecting PwDs with both employers and disability organizations. It facilitates an online platform for employers to post job vacancies and conduct virtual interviews. Taheel enables seamless access to training, qualifications, and employment opportunities, thereby fostering inclusivity and enhancing the professional prospects of individuals with disabilities.

The third target group encompasses recent graduates and students. The project aims to enhance their capacities and digital skills, ensuring they stay abreast of technological advancements and remain competitive in the job marketplace. Participants acquire valuable e-learning and freelancing skills and are equipped to meet the demands of sought-after ICT positions. DT4SDE ultimately prepares youth for successful entry into the evolving job landscape.

The project's strategic objectives center around investing in human capital, which is a top priority for countries aspiring to foster economic growth and development. In collaboration with international and governmental institutions, as well as the private sector, MCIT is committed to broadening the project's geographical reach to serve citizens in all parts of the country. This expansion aims to uplift various segments of the population, especially those in need, by enhancing their competitiveness. Simultaneously, the project continues its efforts to promote digital literacy among citizens, ensuring their readiness to navigate the challenges of digital transformation.
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