Center for International Private Enterprise
Developing Market Economy
Expanding Participation and Opportunity through SME Policy Reform
To engage the public and private sectors in dialogue to advance essential democratic and market institutional reforms in Egypt. CIPE will partner with Federation of Economic Development Associations (FEDA) to conduct national-level roundtables with opinion leaders and lead grassroots public-private dialogues to build consensus on draft legislation and advocate for its passage. Throughout this process, FEDA will engage in strategic outreach to engage the wider Egyptian policy community on urgent economic issues.
Using New Technology to Monitor Political Processes
To strengthen Egyptian civil society groups’ ability to monitor political processes using new technology and to support the development of government watchdog groups in Egypt. The project will provide ongoing technical support and consultations to two Egyptian partner organizations, host an internship program, and link Egyptian participants with watchdog groups in neighboring regions.
Promoting Citizen Engagement and Accountability in Qalyubiyah
To strengthen citizen oversight over and engagement with local government and elected parliamentarians. The project will support three popular committees in Qalubiyah governorate in monitoring local government, conducting advocacy campaigns, and engaging citizens in assessing parliamentary performance through two training workshops, four town hall meetings, and five community-parliament dialogue sessions. The project will also provide non-partisan candidate training for 25 committee members interested in running for local council elections.
Supporting Youth Advocacy in Port Said
To enable young civic and political activists in Port Said to address community issues and advocate solutions to local government. The project will train 80 youth activists in small working groups to analyze local community issues, propose policy solutions and develop advocacy campaigns. Following a series of debates, the group with the strongest advocacy plan will be identified and supported in implementing the proposed initiative.
Empowerment in Combatting Corruption
To strengthen local civil society organizations’ capacity to combat corruption in the Delta region. The project will engage regional CSOs in a local anti-corruption campaign launched with a leading women’s organization and a team of volunteer lawyers, hold training workshops for 15 CSOs, and host regular meetings to coordinate monitoring, advocacy and litigation efforts to tackle corruption.
Promoting Transparent Legislative Processes
To promote accountability and transparency of Egypt’s constitution-drafting process and political transition. Project activities will include quarterly monitoring reports and 12 seminars convening diverse stakeholders for debate and discussion on developments related to the constitution and transition.
Promoting Transparency of the State Budget
To promote accountability and transparency of the Egyptian national budget. Activities will include publication of an annual report on the Egyptian national budget, the launch of a quarterly bulletin to provide regular dissemination of information on the budget, and development of an interactive map to illustrate public spending allocations by geographic region.
Community Monitoring of the Education Sector
To form and strengthen community pressure groups to monitor education services and advocate for more effective education reforms. Activities will include a set of two repetitive training workshops for a total of 75 stakeholders from 15 governorates, including students, parents, teachers, civil society leaders, and media professionals, as well as technical assistance to an independent teachers organization.
Monitoring Land and Housing Rights in Greater Cairo
To protect land and housing rights and ensure greater transparency in the implementation of urban development plans, and to empower and engage communities impacted by the plan in identifying priorities and alternatives for developing their region. The project will monitor, document, and disseminate information on policies related to and violations of land and housing rights. The project will produce four quarterly and one final report, as well as organize a press conference to shed light on land and housing rights.
Civic Participation in Upper Egypt
To cultivate civic and political leaders in Upper Egypt and strengthen community organizing, collective action, advocacy, and participation at the local level. A series of activities in the governorates of Aswan, Luxor, Qena and Sohag will provide training and support for a core group of 30 to 45 civic activists in each governorate who demonstrate leadership potential and represent key sectors.
Scouts Supporting Democratic Transformation
To engage the Egyptian scout movement in integrating civic education and action into scouting curriculum and activities, and to encourage youth participation in identifying community needs and working with local authorities to address them. The grantee will train 18 scout leaders on democratic ideas and practice and work with scouting troops to develop and implement nine community action plans.
Democratic Ideas and Values
Monitoring Egypt's Transition to Democracy
To monitor and assess Egypt’s political transition. The project will develop and track democratic indicators, publish four reports on the status of democracy in Egypt, and produce and disseminate 12 short films to disseminate the research findings and shed light on strengths and weaknesses in Egypt’s political transition.
Developing Market Economy
Empowering Young Entrepreneurs
To engage young entrepreneurs in advocating for policies and regulations that encourage entrepreneurship. A training and mentorship program will support scientists and scientific researchers who seek to commercialize their efforts, and participants will form an advocacy team to identify and address legal and regulatory barriers facing entrepreneurs.
Freedom of Association
Freedom of Association in Rural Communities
To share best practices from successful Moroccan experiences in rural community organizing and to strengthen Egyptian agricultural workers' ability to organize and advocate for their rights and interests. The project will organize a study visit for Egyptian partners to Morocco as well as four training workshops and four seminars for agricultural workers and rural community organizers in Egypt.
Freedom of Information
Supporting Local Electronic Media
To promote media diversity and strengthen independent, financially sustainable electronic journalism at the local level. The project will hold four training workshops, provide ongoing assessments and consultations, and organize three seminars for key managers and journalists of local electronic news sites that have potential to become models for independent local media.
Monitoring Transition-Related Media Coverage
To promote greater media neutrality and credibility on transition-related news. The project will train 25 media monitors, issue quarterly media monitoring reports analyzing media coverage of key transition-related events, and hold four press conferences and visit various media outlets to present findings and recommendations.
Supporting Journalists through Legal Aid, Training and Advocacy
To support freedom of the press and local media development. The project will train 20 lawyers to provide legal defense for journalists and coordinate pro-bono legal assistance to journalists and media companies in Cairo and the governorates, provide targeted training for 150 journalists and media managers, and publish quarterly reports on freedom of the press in Egypt.
Voter Education Campaign (Supplement)
To promote accountability and transparency of the Egyptian parliament and other interim legislative entities and public participation in the legislative process. The project will support and sustain a coalition of provincial civil society organizations to organize national voter education activities for the constitutional referendum.
Promoting Transparent Legislative Processes
To promote accountability and transparency of Egypt’s constitution-drafting process and political transition. Activities will include quarterly monitoring reports and 12 seminars convening diverse stakeholders for debate and discussion on developments related to the constitution and transition.
Supporting Women’s Political Participation
To promote awareness of women’s civil and political rights and to strengthen women’s political participation in Egypt during the transition period. The project will train and lead a network of volunteer groups in six governorates and hold a training workshop for journalists on women’s civil and political rights.
Rule of Law
Supporting Judicial Independence During Egypt's Transition
To support and strengthen judicial independence during Egypt’s transition. The project will conduct four workshops for judges, prosecutors and legal scholars and professionals on international standards on judiciary independence, the role of legislation in guaranteeing judiciary independence and the relationship between the judiciary and executive and legislative branches. The project will also publish and disseminate recommendations to policy and decision-makers.
Strengthening Political Institutions
Women's Political Leadership
To strengthen women's participation and leadership in political parties and elections. The project will provide advanced leadership and media training to 30 women who are seeking leadership positions within their political parties or intend to run for parliamentary elections. In addition, the center will lead two workshops for 50 political party members who will manage electoral campaigns for women candidates.
Grant descriptions are from the 2013 NED Annual Report.