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Egypt launches new programs to address poverty

The Egyptian Ministry of Social Solidarity has started two programs to help alleviate poverty and encourage education among Egypt's most disadvantaged families.
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The Ministry of Social Solidarity has announced the first stage of two programs, Solidarity and Dignity, in the governorates of Assiut and Sohag. These programs offer cash support to the poor in the first conditional cash-transfer programs in Egypt. Under the Solidarity program, the Egyptian government requires beneficiaries to commit to sending their children to school, while beneficiaries of the Dignity program are elderly or have disabilities.

On June 4, 53,000 households in Assiut and Sohag received the first installment, retroactive for the first and second quarters of 2015.

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