'Decent Life' Presidential Initiative

The "Decent Life" presidential initiative - the National Project for the Development of the Egyptian Countryside - is a multi-pronged and integrated initiative, launched by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, in 2019. The Initiative aims at improving the living conditions and daily life of Egyptian citizens, within a framework of integration and unity of efforts among the state institutions, private sector entities, civil society and development partners in Egypt.

The Initiative also aims to provide an integrated package of services, including various aspects of health, social and living conditions. It is a huge shared responsibility among these different parties to provide a decent life to Egyptian citizens, especially vulnerable groups.

"Decent life" initiative is integrating together “Egypt Vision 2030” with “Egypt’s ICT Strategy” along with most of the 17 pillars of the global international “Sustainable development Goals (SDG)”. Thereby, ‘Decent life’ is foreseen as the biggest humanitarian initiative for accelerating rural development by strengthening the overall resilience and sustainability in rural communities.

Target Groups

  • Neediest families in rural communities
  • Seniors
  • Persons with Disabilities (PWDs)
  • Female breadwinners and divorced women
  • Orphans and Children
  • Unemployed youth
  • Volunteers

Pillars of Work

Decent Housing: improving the quality of housing; building roofs; building housing complexes in the poorest villages; and bringing water, sewage, gas and electricity to the homes

Infrastructure: establishing micro-enterprises and activating the role of productive cooperatives in villages

Medical Services:building hospitals and health units; equipping them with medical devices; and providing health care services through medical staff

Educational Services: building and equipping schools and nurseries; providing educational services through professional teachers; and providing literacy courses

Economic Empowerment: providing training opportunities through Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs); establishing industrial and craft complexes; and providing job opportunities

Social Service Interventions and Human Development: including building the human being, targeting families, children, women, PwDs, seniors; and launching awareness-raising initiatives

Environmental Interventions: including collecting garbage and exploring new ways to recycle it

For more information on the "Decent Life" initiative, please visit the initiative's website.

MCIT Scope of Work

More than 20 ministries and entities, and 23 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are collaborating to implement this significant project. This is in addition to the Egyptian youth who are volunteering for charity and development work through the "Decent Life" Foundation to implement the initiative's work pillars and achieve its goals in 4,500 Egyptian villages.

The initiative targets more than 58% of the Egyptian population in rural villages within a national project. The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) seeks to develop the telecom infrastructure of 4500+ rural villages of the neediest community groups, in 20 governorates in 52 districts.

MCIT plays a significant role in implementing some of the initiative’s pillars, including developing the telecommunications infrastructure, through installing a fiber-optic cable network; covering targeted villages with mobile phone network services; developing post offices to serve citizens; and promoting human development.

‘Decent Life’ initiative is divided into three phases, with phase one launched in July 2021, targeting 1477 villages. The initiative three phases are due be fully accomplished by the end of 2025.

ICT Sector Pillars of Work:

  • Providing Fiber to the Home Internet Services (FTTH)
  • Fixed broadband Internet is vital for all citizens. It gives citizens the opportunity to receive better training, education and employment opportunities.

    MCIT aims to develop services and facilities for all the 4,500 Egyptian villages, including government buildings, homes, hospitals, schools, service centers and others, in those Egyptian villages. It seeks to provide high-speed broadband connectivity to more than nine million households and 50,000 governmental buildings. The buildings in these villages will be connected using a fiber-optic network within three years.

    Such services will facilitate access to Digital Egypt services, including digital governmental services, online schooling and examinations, digital healthcare services, real estate and commercial registration, notarization, issuance of vehicle and driver’s licenses, access to courts, real estate taxes, and others.

  • Expanding Mobile Network Coverage
  • MCIT also seeks, within this initiative, to provide the necessary infrastructure for enhancing mobile phone services (Internet or mobile phone voice services). To that end, MCIT has launched the mobile towers project, to cover all targeted areas by mobile phone services.

    The project is implemented in collaboration between the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) and the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), with the aim to provide the necessary infrastructure for boosting mobile phone coverage, enabling Internet data and voice services with superior quality of service (Qos).

    Around 3,000 cell towers are being established and deployed on a wide scale to provide 4G services and accommodate future expansions and technology upgrades. The Universal Service Fund (USF) of NTRA will fund more than half of the newly built cell towers based on towers' infrastructure-sharing model, which reduces the investment costs and provides an economical energy sharing model.

  • Providing Advanced Postal Services
  • The project is implemented by Egypt Post, aiming to develop post offices in the targeted villages to improve the level of services provided to citizens and act as outlets through which e-government services can be provided. It aims to attain financial inclusion and digital transformation, and to make public services available in a digital format through multiple channels. Post offices are being equipped with the latest systems and advanced solutions; thus, citizens can receive government services and all other financial and postal services provided by Egypt Post, in a timely manner.

    The project covers several areas, including equipping post offices with ATMs, and making a wide range of postal, financial, governmental and Digital Egypt services available.

    Egypt Post is pursuing an ambitious plan to develop its post offices in terms of infrastructure and equipment to create a favorable environment for both staff and customers. To realize its vision, Egypt Post is taking several steps, including: optimizing its data centers by upgrading all equipment to improve service quality, adopting cyber security solutions, connecting data centers to each other to sustain service provision, and developing the operation system by establishing an advanced center for resolving issues that post staff may face. This is in addition to upgrading the basic post network and maximizing the connectivity capacities, creating a network operations center for monitoring and control to fix and prevent malfunctions, enabling around-the-clock channels such as Interactive Voice Response (IVR), text messages, mobile applications and e-wallets, and delivering modern services to achieve financial inclusion.

  • Fostering Human Development
  • The Digital Decent Life initiative has been launched to bridge the digital divide between rural and urban communities by promoting digital literacy, developing digital skills and achieving digital inclusion for citizens in different community groups in target villages and governorates, to achieve digital economic empowerment for all citizens.

    MCIT aims to empower rural communities by providing digital educational sessions to 2.1 million citizens of the targeted villages for all age groups, including all society segments.

    MCIT aims to maximize all citizens’ digital participation by focusing on three segmented programs:

    • Disseminating digital culture: eliminating digital illiteracy and raising digital awareness, in a way that enhances digital inclusion
    • Enhancing digital skills: promoting capacity building for school and university students on computer skills to enhance the level of education and keep pace with digital transformation era, targeting to certify 200,000 students with international ICT certificates to equip them to better digital employment opportunities
    • Enabling digital economy: qualifying students and graduates to work on freelancing on transformational training platforms, along with qualifying owners of small and micro start-ups through refining e-marketing skills
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