About FES in Egypt

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in Egypt works on a wide range of topics from social justice to climate change and urban transition.  This is inspired by our general aims to promote democracy and social justice, to support economic and social development, as well as to advocate for human rights and gender equality.

Since 1976 we have an office in Egypt and are now working for more than 45 years in cooperation with local partners on the achievement of projects and objectives related to social protection, gender justice, adaption to climate change, energy transition as well as sustainable urban development.



FES Egypt operates within four primary areas of focus.

1. Socio-ecological transformation: First, FES initiates conversations on socio-ecological transformation with the aim of generating a discourse on how to alleviate the environmental and social ramifications resulting from climate change and ecological decline.

2. Socio-economic development: Second, FES is committed to championing the well-being of society's most vulnerable by advocating for social protection, healthcare enhancements, educational reforms, and gender equality. Their objective is to ensure that everyone has equal and fair access to essential public services.

3. Empowerment of civil society: Third, FES aims to strengthen civil society as a key actor in the process of socio-economic development.

4. Cooperation and International Dialogue: Fourth, FES engages with the MENA region as a whole to enhance regional stability and integration and promote cooperation on issues such as gender equality or pluralism.


On our legal framework in Egypt:

FES has worked within the framework of several agreements with the Egyptian government. The first was endorsed by Presidential Decree 139/1976 and by the Egyptian parliament. The agreement was renewed in 1988, endorsed by Presidential Decree 244/1989 and approved by the Egyptian parliament.

In March 2017, a new Additional Protocol was signed in Berlin by both, the Egyptian and the German governments, amending the Cultural Agreement of 1959. This protocol was ratified by the Egyptian parliament in July 2017 and entered effect in November by Presidential Decree 267/2017.

While the legal framework of FES’ engagement in Egypt has changed, its commitment to assist the Egyptian people during the ongoing transition process remains the same. The Egyptian uprising of 2011 was driven by demands for profound social and political change. Responding to these aspirations still is and will be the main challenge for stakeholders and the whole of Egyptian society during the coming years. Through a brought range of mutually agreed upon projects, FES is contributing to meet this challenge.

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FES cooperates with Egyptian partners in the following topics

Socio-Ecological Transformation

Socio-Ecological Transformation

Socio-ecological transformation is about the just transformation towards an ecologically ... More

Socio-Economic Development

Socio-Economic Development

Ensuring equitable access to public services and protecting the most vulnerable in society ... More

Empowerment of Civil Society

Empowerment of Civil Society

Despite the relatively large number of NGOs operating in Egypt, it is evident that their impact on society can significantly increase. More

Cooperation and International Dialogue

Cooperation and International Dialogue

FES is committed to establish a common ground for regional and international understanding and dialogue. More


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11211 Zamalek
Cairo - Egypt

+20 2 27371656-8
+20 2 27371659


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FES in the MENA Region

The region of the Middle East and North Africa includes the Arab world, Israel and Iran. This region is characterized by a limited integration and an extreme heterogeneity in terms of language, culture, and religion on the one hand.