On 11 September 2023, AICS Cairo organized the closing event of the project: “Restorative approach to juvenile justice: socio-educational models of social reintegration and alternative measures to detention”, implemented in Egypt since 20 October 2020.
The event was hosted at the Italian Cultural Institute of Cairo and was opened by the Excellencies Michele Quaroni, Ambassador of Italy to Egypt and Nivine El-Kabbaj, the Egyptian Ministry of Social Solidarity-MoSS. UNICEF Country Representative, M. Jeremy Hopkins, UNODC Deputy Regional Representative, Ms. Mirna Bouhabib, Terre des Hommes Egypt Country Representative, Ms. Laure Baudin were present as the project implementing partners.
Partners, including MoSS shared achievements on all project outcomes; to cite a few: the amendments to the Egyptian Child Law of 2008 to enhance alternative measures to juvenile detention; the improved coordination of multi-stakeholders on juvenile justice; the provision of support to the reintegration of children in conflict with the law; and the training of national experts working in the juvenile justice sector in Egypt.
AICS Cairo expressed its satisfaction for the cooperation with Egypt in general and referred particularly to the visit to Italy in July 2023 of an Egyptian delegation and to the series of training on restorative justice for juveniles delivered by two Italian experts in Cairo in 2022-2023. A brief video on the products generated during the training was showed and a report on the exchange between Italy and Egypt on juvenile justice was distributed.
Representatives of the Egyptian Ministries of Interior, Justice and of the Office of the Public Prosecutor attended, as well as representatives from Care Institutions, the private sectors, families, and children. These latter shared messages and briefs on their experience throughout the project.
The UNICEF-UNODC led project component run for 27 months, while the AICS direct management project component run for 35 months.