Egypt's social safety net: Protecting the poor
Wednesday, 02 21 2018, Category: Economy, Country: Egypt
The government has been investing in the social safety net to help counter the negative effects of its economic reform programme.
In a bid to mitigate the negative impacts of its economic reform programme on some of the poorest segments of Egypt’s population, the government has been investing in building and strengthening the social safety net that targets the poorest households and the most marginalised people across the country.
In June 2017, the government approved a LE100 increase in the monthly allowances for beneficiaries of the Takaful and Karama programmes. A report by the Finance Ministry this month showed that spending on the programmes was up to a combined 141 per cent year-on-year.
Both programmes were launched in 2015. Takaful is an income-support programme for families with children up to 18 years that is designed to produce human development outcomes.
It includes commitments to families regarding child health and nutrition (up to six years), school enrolment and 80 per cent attendance for children (up to 18 years) and maternal care for pregnant and lactating mothers.
Karama is a social-inclusion programme for people who cannot work, specifically the elderly and persons with disabilities, and it is designed to provide social protection and a decent life for these segments.
Source: Ahram Online