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Description or Abstract

Population growth and fertility rates have witnessed fluctuations over the years in Egypt. The government’s efforts to manage the rising trend were not sustainable, leading the total population to 101 million in October 2020. Such a rising trend risks aggravating the pressure on the country’s resources threatens to undermine improvements in overall economic progress and decrease opportunities for prosperity. Although Egypt is currently enjoying a demographic window with a youth bulge with 60% of its population being below the age of 30, this age group requires tailored services which translates to high demand for health and family planning services, education, and employment opportunities.

This paper presents three policy alternatives that simultaneously work on the supply and demand sides of FP and are based on social marketing principles to change the behavior of Egyptians and shift their preferences towards smaller families. It does so by offering guiding principles to engage with multiple stakeholders and leveraging on existing government programs and platforms for sustainable and efficient policy implementation.


Population Policies, Population Affairs, Public Policy, Small Families, Egypt


The paper is published by The Public Policy Hub - GAPP School (AUC), established in 2017:

Laila El Baradei (PI), Shahjahan Bhuiyan (Co-PI), Mohamed Kadry (Program Manager), Waleed El-Deeb (Senior Specialist), Ghadeer Ibrahim (Senior Outreach and Communications Specialist).

Faculty Advisor

Rasha Allam

Content Type



eng|| ara

26_Eng Policy Brief_Making Small Families a Social Notion in Egypt.pdf (348 kB)
Policy Brief 26: Small Families (English)

26_Policy Brief Ar_Making Small Families a Social Notion in Egypt.pdf (727 kB)
Policy Brief 26: Small Families (Arabic)