1) The Arab region project between regional changes and the international context (2018-2020) in cooperation Open Society Foundation:
The aim of the project is to determine the shape of a new order that can be representing the interests of the majority in the region with a focus in particular on issues such as citizenship, justice, good governance, and democracy, as well as on the characteristics of the main institutions that can operate within this new order.
This was done through: understanding the developments that have taken place in the region through two approaches: the first is the official approach, that has become a far more divided than any time ever on a number of fronts, including in this revolution, refugees, and extremism, and the second is the popular approach, which is what reflects the aspirations of the people for change and reform. As well as, understanding the changes that occur in the international system and the rise of populism as a context for regional changes.
The project’s outputs were: two books (Changes in the Arab region, and the impact of international developments between the currents of populism and alternative voices, the second book: populism and the alternative discourse – shifts the region Arab) and a series of papers on the case for the changes of international and its impact on the Arab region, along with four Policy Recommendation Papers and Series of Videos Entitled: What’s Happening in Our Region.
2) Project “Egyptian Civil Society Organizations: Challenges and Needs”(2019-2020) in cooperation with Oxfam.
This project aims to support Egyptian civil society organizations and enhance their capabilities to be more flexible in facing the transformations in Egypt and to be able to operate in the changing contexts and shrinking civil space. This goal has been achieved through several stages, including reporting and training workshops for trainers. The project resulted in the following:
– Knowledge production: through the production of publications, analytical report, and background papers.
– Capacity building and networks: capacities of 18 cadres of civil society organizations were built on an equal footing between the sexes, and their capacities were built on the main principles of public policies, research presented and needs assessments, especially in closed contexts. A network has also been established between trainees to help them exchange experiences.
– A ToT manual that has been published online and can be used widely in similar exercises. It consists of three parts: The first part deals with field research, its various methodologies, and tools, as well as the ethics of field research and its analysis, and how to conduct field research in closed contexts. The second part deals with the subject of assessing community needs and the various components, tools, and aspects. The third part deals with training strategies and tools, with exercises on the topics of field research and needs assessment.