Egypt 2020

Accountability in Access to Health Services

Accountability and Governance

$20,000

To enhance accountability in marginalized communities’ access to health services in accordance with Egyptian law. The project will inform beneficiaries of their legal rights and required procedures to receive public health services. It will also advocate for the proper application of new legislation on the right to health through civic campaigns, seminars, animation videos, and legal consultations.

Civil Society Support

Democratic Ideas and Values

$230,000

To provide opportunities for civil society leaders to continue meaningful civic engagement and to facilitate dialogue among them on the future of civil society and the protection of basic rights and freedoms. The project will organize regional or international fellowships for civil society leaders and host a series of dialogue sessions to assess the challenges, opportunities and strategies for reforms in Egypt.

Defending Land and Housing Rights

Accountability and Governance

$33,000

To promote greater transparency and community engagement on land and housing rights. The project will monitor, disseminate information, and advocate for greater transparency of public-private development project plans. It will engage community members in identifying alternative policies and solutions and publish quarterly reports and a final comprehensive report on land and housing rights.

Defending Media Freedom

Freedom of Information

Supplement $18,000

To defend media freedom and the rights of media professionals. The project will provide legal defense for journalists and bloggers facing legal prosecution because of their work. A study will analyze a new media regulatory body and its effect on media freedoms in Egypt. A training will support a small group of journalists and bloggers to organize an advocacy campaign on a prominent media rights issue.

Defending Youth Detainees

Human Rights

Supplement $55,000

To support and defend political detainees and prisoners. The project will provide legal, psychosocial, and medical assistance to detained or imprisoned individuals on politically motivated charges. Lawyers will be assigned to provide legal representation, counselors or psychologists will provide psychosocial support and mentorship during and post detention, and medical and other support will be provided on a case-by-case basis.

Democratic Transition Dialogue

Democratic Ideas and Values

$60,000

To support civil society’s engagement in shaping a vision and path towards democratization. The project will convene and facilitate a series of online and in-person dialogue sessions for influential Egyptians representing diverse political views and stakeholder groups including civil society, political parties, professional associations and unions. Recommendations that emerge from the dialogue sessions will be summarized and disseminated through the organization’s network of contacts.

Developing a New Generation of Independent Media Professionals

Freedom of Information

$25,000

To support and strengthen independent media by building a new generation of independent journalists, particularly from marginalized communities. The organization will train and mentor young journalists and emerging media professionals to produce professional quality media content. The organization will provide material and logistical support for trainees to contribute to, work for, or create independent media outlets or initiatives.

Empowering Private Sector Stakeholders to Advance Market Reforms

Citizen Participation

Supplement $20,000

To maintain space for the private sector to engage in policy dialogue in an increasingly restrictive environment and to enhance Egyptian private sector capacity to develop, communicate, and advocate for reform to facilitate the development of a market economy based on rule of law. The Center will continue its national dialogue series; increase youth capacity by further developing its public policy training program; and provide support for private sector engagement in policymaking at the national and grassroots levels.

Empowering Private Sector Stakeholders to Advance Market Reforms

Democratic Ideas and Values

$594,760

To maintain space for the private sector to engage in policy dialogue in an increasingly restrictive environment and to enhance Egyptian private sector capacity to develop, communicate, and advocate for reform to facilitate the development of a market economy based on rule of law. The Center will continue its national dialogue series; increase youth capacity by further developing its public policy training program; and provide support for private sector engagement in policymaking at the national and grassroots levels.

Empowering Small Businesses to Close the Implementation Gap on SME Legislation

Democratic Governance

$293,659

To empower small business owners and business leaders to engage policymakers in dialogue to close the implementation gap on SME legislation and enhance its local partner’s ability to introduce evidence-based cost-benefit analysis in its efforts to advance SME policy reform. The Center will work with its partner to study the gap between legislation and its implementation and – in consultation with the SME community, government, and parliament – will generate recommendations to facilitate implementation of this legislation, which will also apply to the forthcoming SME law.

Engaging Legal Professionals on Reform

Rule of Law

$25,000

To support, promote and protect constitutional rights and freedoms enshrined in the 2014 constitution. The project will research and produce papers on the impact of the 2019 constitutional amendments, related legislation, and judicial practices on citizens’ basic rights; and convene discussions for legal professionals and constitutional experts to present alternatives to improve legislation and practices.

Enhancing Citizen Participation in Local Governance

Accountability and Governance

$23,000

To strengthen citizen engagement with local officials in decision-making and good governance. The project will support four popular committees to monitor local government, advocate for solutions to problems faced by their communities, and promote principles of good governance. Local community members will also learn about local administration and election campaign management.

Enhancing Media Accountability and Accuracy

Freedom of Information

$25,000

To enhance accountability and improve the accuracy and reliability of the media sector. The project will identify and expose false information and hold media outlets accountable through an online digital media platform that monitors and assesses the truthfulness and professionalism of leading online news sites. The project will review and assess online news articles and news outlets and publish monthly evaluation reports on its website and social media.

Enhancing Participatory Democracy

Accountability and Governance

$15,000

To strengthen local governance and participatory democracy and to defend the rights of civil society activists. The project will train and support local political party and union representatives, volunteer lawyers, and civil society members on strategic litigation and the roles and responsibilities of local citizen committees in addressing local governance issues. The project will continue providing legal support for human rights cases through its volunteer lawyer network.

Enhancing Rule of Law

Rule of Law

$20,000

To strengthen due process and the right to a fair trial. The project will monitor trials against civil society activists and organizations. The project will publish reports on the trials that highlight the extent to which defendants received a fair trial. The project will also provide legal defense and support for individuals accused of charges related to the freedom of expression.

Human Rights Documentation and Archiving

Human Rights

$50,000

To strengthen access to information on human rights conditions. The project will collect and archive official, independent and public records on human rights violations. The project will disseminate three annual reports on the archived information. The organization will also launch a pilot initiative to collect and document similar data for Algeria.

Humanizing Human Rights Cases

Human Rights

$33,000

To humanize human rights cases. The project will collect, document and make publicly available the stories of victims of human rights abuses. Corresponding evidence about their cases will also be compiled and included for advocacy campaigns and documentation efforts. The project will collect information about victims through primary source interviews and in cooperation with civil society

Monitoring Press and Media Freedom

Freedom of Information

$30,000

To support and defend journalists and media freedom. The project will monitor the rights of media professionals and organizations and issue regular updates on violations and related developments. Monthly and annual reports will inform advocacy and support legal efforts to defend and protect the rights of media professionals and institutions.

Promoting Accountability in the Health Sector

Accountability and Governance

$39,400

To promote accountability in the health sector and build a civil society organization’s capacity. The project will conduct field research with stakeholders in the health sector to assess public health services and identify recommendations for potential reforms. The project will also convene a discussion on healthcare reforms, disseminate videos to raise awareness on health issues, and provide legal support to health providers and those denied health services.

Promoting Better Governance and Accountability of Public Health Systems

Accountability and Governance

$20,000

To promote better governance and accountability of public health systems at the local level. The project will hold a series of listening sessions with citizens to identify and develop recommendations for improving local health services. The project will also train civil society activists to lead advocacy efforts and convene civil society, experts and government officials to discuss and encourage the adoption of identified recommendations.

Promoting Dialogue on Human Rights and Democracy

Civic Education

Supplement $27,000

To educate and promote dialogue among citizens on political, social, cultural, and human rights issues through digital media. The project will establish a monitor to track and assess the state of democracy and human rights in Egypt. The project will also produce 28 multimedia products that illustrate its findings and explain various citizen rights protected by Egyptian law, such as freedom of association and expression, transparency and accountability, and privacy rights.

Promoting Rule of Law

Rule of Law

Supplement $9,800

To promote impartiality and transparency in litigation processes. The project will provide legal and media support for individuals facing politically motivated charges to ensure due process and the right to a fair trial. Two studies will analyze the legal punishments used in politicized crimes, the laws governing prison conditions and the treatment of prisoners.

Promoting Rule of Law

Rule of Law

$25,000

To promote impartiality and transparency in trial processes. The project will provide legal and media support for individuals facing politically motivated charges to ensure due process and the right to a fair trial. Two studies will analyze the legal punishments used in politicized crimes, the laws governing prison conditions and the treatment of prisoners.

Promoting Rule of Law

Rule of Law

$20,000

To assess and present challenges and opportunities for civil society through an analysis of the rule of law in Egypt. The project will identify limitations to the application of law at the community level, the role of local customs, and the strengths and limitations of strategic litigation. It will also engage civil society on opportunities for activating legal mechanisms to advance democratic goals.

Promoting Women’s Leadership in Professional Associations

Civic Education

$30,000

To advance women’s leadership within professional associations. The project will prepare women professional association members to become candidates in association elections and to lead advocacy campaigns for greater representation in association leadership positions. The project will also lead training workshops for women media professionals on gender-sensitive reporting that promotes a culture of women’s leadership.

Protecting Human Rights in Detention Centers

Human Rights

$50,000

To protect human rights and support greater accountability and oversight in detention centers. The organization will conduct an analytical study on the treatment of prisoners in detention centers to support domestic and international advocacy efforts. The project will publish a mapping report on violations committed in detention facilities. It will also support the development of a new generation of civic actors by training a cohort of Egyptian human rights researchers and lawyers.

Protecting Public Space

Accountability and Governance

$20,000

To promote transparency and citizen engagement in decision-making related to public development initiatives. The project will raise awareness of government development projects, engage citizens, and promote equitable and sustainable recommendations to public land development representative of affected communities. The project will host a series of seminars and produce reports on this issue.

Strengthening a Platform for Independent Information

Freedom of Information

$60,000

To strengthen access to information on corruption and approaches to combating it. The project will support an independent digital platform that disseminates information related to corruption, transparency, accountability, and democratic transitions more broadly. The platform will provide a forum for public debate and discussion on these issues.

Supporting Access to Education

Accountability and Governance

$30,000

To strengthen access to and quality of public education. The project will advocate for legislative and regulatory reforms to improve access and quality of education for all students. An advocacy campaign will include a quarterly magazine and public events to raise awareness on recommended reforms, and meetings with decision-makers to discuss possible solutions.

Supporting Civil Society

Freedom of Association

$110,000

To sustain the work of independent civil society organizations (CSOs) and help them establish alternative methods for continuing their work. The program will provide technical and financial support to CSOs for institutional development and sustainability. It will also provide training and consultations for CSO partners to overcome operational and legal challenges to increase their efficiency, effectiveness, and impact.

Supporting Independent Media

Freedom of Information

$60,000

To support and strengthen an independent media initiative providing impartial news and information that reflects citizens’ interests, and to create space for diverse voices and marginalized communities in the media. The organization will mentor and train contributors, including citizen and professional journalists, to publish content that addresses issues or communities neglected by mainstream media.