Over the last years, young rural women’s vulnerability to the social and economic conditions became the focus of the literature (El Laithy, na). Current studies show that women’s capacities to participate in the development processes of their communities have been jammed with unequal gender, socio-economic and power relations (Kabeer, 2012). Yet, many development programs were designed and implemented to reach deprived women from different socio-economic backgrounds, educate or train them, build their capacities and prepare them to join the labor market and be active members inside their communities (USAID, 2013). This research study examines young rural women’s perspectives in Upper Egypt governorates on the impact of the education supported development projects on their lives, calling for an update of the state of knowledge of the effect of development projects on specific areas such as; women empowerment, gender equity, civil society enhancement and the integration of social stratification in underprivileged communities. The main findings explored in this study revealed the urgent need of placing the following changes inside the intervened communities; establishing social accountability, building social resilience, effecting scaffolding, resolving ideological debates and integrating projects’ social cohesion inside the villages’ communities. The study offers recommendations for educators, policy makers and practitioners who are concerned with education support development projects directed to young rural women in Egypt and other countries with similar contexts.


International & Comparative Education Department

Degree Name

MA in International & Comparative Education

Graduation Date

Fall 1-26-2015

Submission Date

May 2012

First Advisor

Megahed, Nagwa

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Third Advisor


Committee Member 1

Purinton, Ted

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156 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis


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My profoundest gratitude goes to Dr. Nagwa Megahed, my thesis’ advisor. Dr. Megahed had taught me innumerable lessons and insights on research’s and presentation’s mechanisms. Without her dedication, support and the technical and editorial comments she provided me with, this report wouldn’t have been in its current shape. I would also like to extend my sincere appreciation to Dr. Ted Purinton, the reader of this research who strongly supported me at an early stage of this study and helped me formulating the initial idea of this research. My thankfulness should also be extended to the GSE/AUC’s fellowship program and Misr El-Kheir’s supplementary program for covering my research expenses, and partially covering my courses’ tuition fees. In addition, my gratitude goes to the data collection team; Ms. Zeinab Al-Hawary, Ms. Intisar Soliman, Ms. Rahma Ibrahim, Ms. Hanaa Al-Samman and Mr. Ahmed Gaweesh, they all did a great contribution to the research. Special thanks to the organizations who accepted collaborating with me on this study; the Population Council, Care International and Misr El-Kheir Foundation, making their projects available to my research.