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Year: 2011 Type: Article Language: English

The Egyptian Conditional Cash Transfer Pilot Programme (CCT) is a social policy programme implemented by the Ministry of Social Solidarity (MoSS). The Egyptian CCT is designed as a pro-women cash transfer intervention, focusing specifically on aiding women’s well-being. The reason women are put at the centre of the social policy design is the unequal burden of poverty that they, married or not, carry in the context of Egypt’s urban and rural settings. The CCT is part of a raft of positive programme reforms and capacity development of social units (the smallest department of MoSS at the community level) to become community service centres, linking citizens to service providers, be it public, private or NGO. This article provides a brief case study describing the lives of women in the Ain Es-Sira slum, focusing on the role of CivilSociety Organizations (CSOs) where the Egyptian cash transfer pilot programme is being implemented. The women in Ain Es-Sira carry the double burden of having a productive and reproductive role in their households. This burden is compounded by their families’ residence in a slum environment where housing rights are not afforded, and where illness is rampant. The women manage these daily struggles with few resources and inadequate services.