Egyptian Decentralization Initiative aims at providing technical assistance, training and policy support to improve the effectiveness, transparency, and accountability of local government to respond to citizen priorities in pilot governorates. At the national level, EDI is working with the Ministry of State for Local Development, the Ministry of Finance, and other key ministries to define and implement a national decentralization strategy. The project’s major achievement is the support of the Ministry of Local Development in adopting an outline for a national strategy of decentralization. EDI has also developed an innovative Integrated District Development Planning methodology which is being tested. The project provides introductory training on participatory mechanisms for 2,233 participants from LPCs and LECs and other local leaders from 46 local units to introduce decentralization concepts and objectives.