IGGE : Inclusive Green Growth in Egypt

The main barriers to the competitiveness of the total 2.5 million micro-small-medium enterprises in Egypt are a lack of affordable funding and a mismatch between the needs of the market and the skills available. With its proven expertise in micro-small-medium enterprises Switzerland supports economic growth and more efficient use of resources in Upper Egypt through the model of green economy such as utilizing agricultural waste to create jobs and strengthen livelihoods of communities.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Impiego & sviluppo economico
Canbiamento climatico ed ambiente
Formazione professionale
Supporto commerciale & inclusione economica
Environmental policy
Formazione professionale
01.09.2019 - 31.12.2023
CHF  5’070’650
  • Poverty in Egypt remains high and unemployment among youth is at 27.3%.
  • Egypt has 2.5 million MSMEs representing 75% of the total employed workforce. The main barriers to competitiveness are the lack of affordable funding and a mismatch between the needs of the market and the skills available.
  • Luxor and Qena governorates generate 1.3 million tons of agricultural waste per year, largely by grains straw, sugar cane residues, vegetable residues, especially tomatoes and date palm residues, which are mainly burnt for disposal.
  • Agricultural waste and other untapped profitable green resources represent significant market opportunities to utilize and leverage available local resources by the private sector, in particular MSMEs, leading to job creation and strengthened livelihoods of communities.
  • The Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Environment have prioritized green industries in their agendas.
  • Switzerland’s profile in Egypt is strong in environmental issues (water supply, sanitation, waste management).


Obiettivi To contribute to a Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) environment that is more conducive to entrepreneurship, growth and job creation in the green economy.
Gruppi target Entrepreneurs, MSMEs, farmers; unemployed and underemployed young men and women (aged 15-35); local and national Business Development Services providers; educational institutions and government officials
Effetti a medio termine
  • Outcome 1: Vulnerable communities, especially young women and men gain access to capacity building opportunities and to jobs thanks to green growth approaches for start-ups and MSMEs in five value chains.
  • Outcome 2: The Government of Egypt includes evidence based inclusive green growth elements in its policies and legislations, and develops incentives for them.

Risultati principali attesi:  

  • Output 1.1: MSMEs (20% women led) in the 5 target value chains are trained to implement green growth models.
  • Output 1.2: Financial and non-financial services offered by Government and non-Government institutions in the 5 target value chains are upgraded in line with green growth models.
  • Output 1.3 Young people (aged 15-35, 50 % of which are women) in the target governorates are trained to access green jobs, based on market research and MSMEs’ consultations.
  • Output 2.1 The awareness of relevant stakeholders, including private sector, civil society, MoTI  and MoE on the green growth model and needed legislative, regulatory and financial improvements is enhanced


Risultati fasi precedenti:   Not applicable

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Cooperazione allo sviluppo
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
Organizzazione delle Nazioni Unite (ONU)
  • Industrial Development Organization

Altri partner
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).Part of implementation of outcome 1 will be subcontracted to International Labour Organization (ILO).
Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori Coordination and synergies with SECO projects (IFC MSME TA Facility, MCICP, Women in Finance, NSWMP) and with other development partners such The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), World Bank, USAID, and European Union (EU).
Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF    5’070’650 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF    2’140’000
Fasi del progetto Fase 99 01.01.2024 - 31.08.2028   (Planned) Fase 1 01.09.2019 - 31.12.2023   (Fase in corso)