Social Contract Advisory, Monitoring and Coordination Center (SCC)

The SCC was established in 2007 as a joint project between UNDP and the Government of Egypt. The project is responsible for coordinating with various stakeholders, including Civil Society Organizations and the Private Sector, to develop a new vision for state-citizen relationship, rooted in principles of democratic governance.

The SCC stemmed out of the 2005 Egypt Human Development Report entitled "Towards a New Social Contract for Egypt." The report proposed a 10-year vision for Egypt’s development based on the idea of a new social contract whereby the state reduces its centralized control and encourages further political, social and economic participation from civil society. Departing from the "business as usual" approach to development, it proposed innovative and groundbreaking proposals and identified 55 MDG-based priority projects and programs covering eight areas of development namely poverty reduction, basic education, health, small and medium enterprises, social security, agriculture, housing and area development, sanitation and water. By doing so, it provided an action plan for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The rationale for the establishment of the Social Contract Center in 2007 was to build national consensus on the new social contract by coordinating with various stakeholders to define, develop and articulate a new vision and a paradigm shift in state-citizen relationship, rooted in principles of democratic governance and modern concepts of citizenship.

The Center is also entrusted with providing policy options and monitoring Egypt’s progress towards the achievement of the MDGs through monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the 55 programs and projects proposed by the 2005 Report. The project involves different actors as the Center is working closely with different types of state institutions, with Civil Society Organizations and with the Private Sector in an effort to promote accountability, participation, and equality. This participatory and inclusive approach supports the empowerment of all partners and participants by building their capacities and involving them in the decision-making process thus helping them achieve their roles. The center also provides in-house capacity building for its staff at IDSC. The activities of the center were developed along three components, namely research and monitoring, capacity building, and outreach and communication. The research and monitoring component involves the development of research papers and policy briefs in addition to monitoring the progress towards the MDGs. The capacity building component targets Social Contract Center Staff and partners through trainings and workshops. With regards to the outreach and communication, it involves audio-visual material (website, brochures…), seminars with different partners in addition to the dissemination of reports and policy briefs. The communication strategy also consists of consultative and participatory processes involving 11 multi-stakeholder task forces in line with the 55 social contract programs; a good governance task force and 10 sectoral task forces (in the fields of poverty reduction, illiteracy, basic education and pre-school education, technical education and vocational training, health, small and medium enterprises, environment, infrastructure, housing and urban development, and agriculture). The purpose of these consultative processes is to highlight potential roles of each of the stakeholders to bring about significant development achievements to each of the 10 sectors.

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UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair
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Civil society
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Monitoring and evaluation

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