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Development: Community-Based Organizations: Egypt: Gamʿiyyāt
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Informal associations, neighborhood networks, and community-based organizations (CBOs) that are independent of the state and of non-governmental organizations can be of great importance for the welfare, coping, and survival of low-income and poor households whether in urban or in rural communities in Egypt. The gamʿiyya (pl. gamʿiyyāt , group), a rotating informal savings/credit association, is probably the most relevant example of such organizations as it is all three: an informal association, a CBO, and usually a neighborhood network. It i…

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Sabry, Sarah, “Development: Community-Based Organizations: Egypt: Gamʿiyyāt”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0218c>
First published online: 2009

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