Team Egypt’s field visit is almost at its end; we leave tomorrow night to fly back to Chicago. So, this might be our final post on the travel blog!
However, the work is just beginning. As our posts have reflected for the past two weeks, the Team has meet with different people and organizations, in NGOs, education, and the public and private sectors.
Our meetings today were some of the most important and influential: USAID and the Freedom and Justice Party (the political party of the Muslim Brotherhood). USAID is a major source of funding for CRS in some of its current programs, such as a very successful Cash-for-Work initiative, as well as a potential source of funding for future projects. USAID is also one of the best aid organizations in the agriculture sector, doing everything from irrigation to credit and training. The FJP is the leading party in the Egyptian parliament (with 47.5% of the seats in the Lower House), and will most likely shape the future of Egypt.
The Q&A sessions during these meetings were insightful and help to shape our in-country presentation to CRS tomorrow. We are really excited to have this conversation with CRS tomorrow, of our findings on the problems facing Egypt and some of our ideas on how CRS can effect them. We then hope to take feedback from this conversation back to class and work on our final recommendations!