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Current issue | Issue 1129, 3 - 9 January 2013
Thursday,16 August, 2018
Issue 1129, 3 - 9 January 2013

Ahram Weekly


Al-Ahram Weekly

Focus on slums
RECENT research says there is a need to create a database for shantytowns and its inhabitants.
A study, “Facing poverty and developing Egypt’s slum areas”, aims at allowing officials to design a scheme that tackles the problems of shantytowns via cooperation between public and private sectors. The report was prepared by a number of economists and was discussed publicly last week by Partners in Development for Research, Consulting and Training.
Cairo University professor Hanaa Khaireddin, one of the research contributors, pointed out that the rate of poverty in Egypt has been on the rise, going up from 16.7 per cent in 1999-2000 to around 25 per cent. There are more than 21 million Egyptians who cannot afford their basic needs, Khaireddin said.
She also stated that the rate of poverty is higher in rural areas. The percentage of poverty in Upper Egypt is the highest in the country with 52.3 per cent of its population living under the poverty line.
The study states that national projects are needed to develop slum areas, and that the government should focus on decentralised national projects that cater to the basic needs of the poorest areas. It added that previous government projects to develop these areas were not successful because of the “inability of the centralised government to effectively communicate with the inhabitants of slum areas across the country as well as the lack of investments that provide alternative housing options.”

Best Employers
BUSINESSES can now discover whether they can be branded “Best Employer”. Aon Hewitt, the global human resources business of Aon plc, has launched its bi-annual study — Best Employers Middle East 2013. Participation is free and organisations have until 12 January to sign up at
Best Employers is open to organisations that have operated in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE for at least two years and have at least 50 full-time employees.
Once registered, organisations need to submit their data between 13 January and 28 February. A random selection will be audited and all entries analysed and anonymised by Aon Hewitt before being sent for review by an independent panel of HR professionals.
Winners will be announced in May and only organisations that are named Best Employers Middle East 2013 will be identified publicly.
To take part in the study, organisations need to complete three diagnostic tools which have been developed by Aon Hewitt to provide comprehensive insight into organisational behaviour.
According to Samir Mardini, head of talent at Aon Hewitt Middle East the survey provides entrants “with a clear indication of the level at which they are currently operating, benchmarked against the ‘best’ and the ‘rest’. Every organisation receives a complimentary report outlining recommendations to develop a sustainable strategy for improving employee satisfaction in order to drive business results in the long-term.”

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