The purpose of this project is to develop and implement a participatory approach for physical and social upgrading and community development in the slum areas of El Hallous and El Bahtini in the city of Ismailia. The project will also build the capacity for participatory local governance and urban upgrading through the formulation of working groups and the organization of training programmes for authorities and community members on leadership and negotiation skills. A social communication campaign will also be designed and implemented to raise awareness on environmental protection, health and hygiene, rights of the girl child, child care and women's empowerment. The project is part of a US$ 3,146,860 Government of Egypt slum upgrading programme.
UN-HABITAT, as the cooperating agency, organizes capacity- building activities, including capacity-building of local authorities, community-based organizations and non-governmental organizations in good governance, participatory community development, local economic development and other areas as needed and identified by the project.
Activities started in the last quarter of 2004.