In Egypt, the Council focuses on strengthening the research capacity of individuals and institutions and providing policy analysis and technical assistance to support informed policy decisions at the national level on family planning, reproductive health, and youth issues. The Council conducts research to improve the quality of reproductive health services and prevent unplanned and closely spaced pregnancies and works to understand and address the needs of youth and adolescents to help them make successful transitions to adulthood.
The Council tested Ishraq, the first comprehensive program to empower out-of-school adolescent girls, one of the most marginalized populations in Egypt. The successful pilot program is being expanded nationally with the support of local governmental and nongovernmental organizations. The Council also conducted nationally representative Surveys of Young People in Egypt (ASCI 1997 and SYPE 2009) that provided a comprehensive profile of Egyptian adolescents and youth and influenced national policy and program design. Council researchers recently completed a follow-up survey (SYPE 2014) to update the state of knowledge on young people in the wake of the 2011 and 2013 revolutions.
Since the opening of the Council’s Egypt office in 1978, the Council has collaborated with governmental and nongovernmental institutions including the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population, Ministry of Youth, National Population Council, National Council for Childhood and Motherhood, and others. The Council partners with local organizations in identifying salient issues and in conducting research to better understand and address those problems. Results of research conducted by the Population Council are widely used by government, researchers, and donor agencies in Egypt. The Egypt office also manages the International Network to Analyze, Communicate, and Transform the Campaign Against FGM/C (INTACT) to advance research on FGM/C and facilitate the dissemination and use of research findings.