Within the GIZ MENA Sector Network on Urban Development and Local Governance, the GIZ Participatory Development Programme (PDP) is currently assessing the environment for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Egypt and in the whole MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). Therefore, selected CSOs were invited to a round table discussion on 23rd of December 2013 where they enthusiastically shared their experience of working as CSOs in the Egyptian context.
The focus of the discussion was based on the topics that might challenge an enabling and open environment for CSO operation in Egypt, such as their advocacy ability or the regulatory framework. In a next step it was analyzed how those challenges impact on the daily work of CSOs and what improvements are desired for the future.
The discussion results will serve as input to finally come up with a report to be used in lobbying for a positive change in the CSO environment in Egypt and the MENA region.