In a difficult economic climate where 25% of young Egyptians are unemployed, the IECD is successfully tackling the problem of young people’s access to employment. Egypt is one of the IECD’s most recent countries of intervention. In 2013, the ″Seeds of Hope″ program was deployed in Cairo and Alexandria in partnership with two Salesian schools. In agreement with the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, as well as the French Chamber of Trade and Industry in Egypt, two new state schools are joining the program in 2016. They mainly target young people from poor backgrounds and mainly young girls. In June 2017, four years after the launch of the program in Egypt, the new 3-year course was accredited by the Egyptian Minister for National Education and Vocational Training.
The Support for Small Enterprises program was launched in Egypt in 2017, in Cairo. A partnership with the EACD (Egyptian Association for Comprehensive Development) is being developed.