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Organization: Sawiris Foundation for Social Development
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

Yes, The Sawiris Foundation adopts a 3-phase programme strategy to create real job opportunities and face the unemployment crisis: Evaluation of job market needs and identification of actual vacant job opportunities that need qualified labour; agreement with employers to provide jobs whenever qualified candidates are available; training job applicants to fulfil the requirements of the available vacancies, according to internationally recognized standards. Such discipline guarantees adequate training based on actual market needs, and secures job opportunities for graduates of the training programmes funded by the Sawiris Foundation.

Measures of success:  
                             
* Number of job opportunities made available.
* Project sustainability after the funding has stopped.
* Employment of all trainees by the end of the training programme.
* Providing adequate training based on actual market needs.

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

Major obstacles encountered :

* Selection of experienced, reliable executive bodies for the projects.
* Civil societies do not provide training to meet actual market needs.
* Lack of data and statistics related to fields of development and employment.

Measures of failure:

* Pause of the project activities after the funded had stopped.
* Failure to employ the trainees by the end of the training programme.
* Failure to tailor training programmes according to actual market needs.

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

Action areas :

* Funding and supporting efforts aiming to raise the living standards of low-incomers in the fields of health, vocational training and small enterprises.
* Operating in all areas of social, cultural and educational development.
* Boosting small business enterprises by providing technical, administrative and financial (via loans) support.
* Helping students pursue their studies abroad and awarding scholarships upon the consent of concerned bodies.
* Since its establishment, the Sawiris Foundation has funded many projects all around Egypt; around 30 projects in different fields providing around 5,000 job opportunities. In the field of health, the Foundation has trained youths to become home medical service assistants, hospitals primary health services assistants, teachers in nursing schools, vaccination coordinators in campaigns targeting children and pregnant women, nursing superintendents and specialists in health care units dedicated to diabetic children. In addition, the Foundation is currently training kindergarten nutrition specialists, and trainers of handicapped and special needs people so as to merge them into society.
* To support micro and small business enterprises, the Sawiris Foundation has awarded grants to build two bakeries and trained unemployed youths to run them. It has also established two stations to deal with solid wastes, and awarded grants to civil associations to create loaning units for micro enterprises or to widen the scope of the already existing unit which serves women who support their families, agricultural producers, fresh graduates, and the physically handicapped; in addition to improving the dairy production skills of rural women.

* As to vocational training, the Foundation has trained youths on wielding. It has also granted them scholarships in the field of tourism which entitles them to work in hotels and maritime companies (on yachts). The Foundation is currently training youths on paper and cloth printing techniques, as well as manufacture of ready-made clothes which gives rise to Egyptian products. The Foundation is also establishing an employment bureau in the Al-Mukattam area (Cairo) to qualify youths to work in untraditional jobs, such as driving together with simple house maintenance work, cooking and techniques of serving in banquets and parties, etc.
* The Sawiris Foundation supports developmental job marketing by training graduates to work in primary, medium and high administration in non-governmental institutions.
* In commemoration of the founding board director, the Foundation awards the Ibrahim Shehata Grant to 1 student every 3 years, to obtain a PhD degree from Queen Mary College (London University) in international development law

Most important activities developed :

* The Sawiris Foundation for Social Development is the first donor civil organization in Egypt dedicated to sustainable social development. It was established to reflect the efforts of the Sawiris family which stem from their deep conviction in the importance of active participation of the private sector in boosting social development. The Foundation focuses on providing funding and technical support for projects that would create new job opportunities, through executive partners.
* Since the Sawiris-funded projects depend on cooperation between the civil community, government and private sector, the Foundation may assign the implementation of projects to a governmental body, civil association, educational institutions or the private sector.
* The Sawiris Foundation adopts a 3-phase programme strategy to create real job opportunities and face the unemployment crisis: Evaluation of job market needs and identification of actual vacant job opportunities that need qualified labour; agreement with employers to provide jobs whenever qualified candidates are available; training job applicants to fulfil the requirements of the available vacancies, according to internationally recognized standards. Such discipline guarantees adequate training based on actual market needs, and secures job opportunities for graduates of the training programmes funded by the Sawiris Foundation.
* The Sawiris Foundation encourages pioneering and innovative projects. On selecting the projects to be funded, it considers the possibility of reapplying those projects on a wider scale so as to contribute to sustainable social development.
* The Foundation has adopted a new trend to attract civil societies by announcing a contest for the creation of job opportunities, where projects targeting different community strata and supporting the Foundation's mission are selected. This also included a series of workshops introducing the views of the societies applying for the contest, and the Foundation's discipline. Field visits were made to institutionally evaluate the societies and to work together on the project designs.

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?


PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?


PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?


Postal address of organization


E-mail address of organization

info@sawirisfoundation.org

Website address of organization

www.sawirisfoundation.org

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Sustainable development

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace


Highest priority country of action (or international)

10 Egyptian governorates, namely Alexandria, Dakahliya, Fayoum, Kalyoubiya, Cairo, Beni-Suef, Menya, Qena, the Red Sea and Aswan)

Second priority country of action (or international)

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