600M EGP allocated for slum development
Urban development minister Laila Iskander - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The government has allocated 600 million EGP ($83.9million) in the budget of the fiscal year 2013-2014 for the Slums Development Fund (SDF), spokesperson of the Urban Development Ministry Sherif el-Gohary told al-Balad Wednesday.

There were a recorded 1,221 slum areas in 2008 with a population of 16 million citizens,” said Minister of Urban Development Laila Iskander, adding that SDF has divided Egypt’s informal areas into two categories: the first represents approximately 37.5 percent of the housing structure nationwide, and includes buildings that have been constructed without licenses and arein violation of regulations that governs urban planning laws.

“Most slum areas are concentrated in Cairo and Giza, and 364 of these slums are considered dangerous areas.”

The second category comprises 364 informal areas, 26 of which represent a “blatant threat” to the lives of its inhabitants.

The SDF was established in 2008 by a presidential decree to coordinate with civil society institutions in order to develop informal through providing their inhabitants with basic facilities.

It is also tasked with documenting slums, supervising plans to develop them and demolishing the unsafe ones.

Last December, European Union and German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) signed cooperation agreement to develop slums in three Egyptian governorates, Youm7 reported. The agreement aimed to carry out several programs to develop slums with total cost of 11 million euros.

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