On Thursday March 24, the Brookings Institution, the International Youth Foundation, and the Egyptian NGO Nahdet El Mahrousa co-hosted a roundtable entitled “A Multi-Stakeholder Approach to Egypt’s Development: The Role of Civil Society and the Way Forward.” The participants represented a wide variety of sectors including think tanks, universities, Egyptian civil society organizations (CSOs), U.S. based international NGOs, U.S. government, donors, and U.S. based philanthropic foundations and social investment funds.
The roundtable was convened to create a clear roadmap of support for Egyptian civil society which will be filling a vital role in the country’s political and economic development in post-Mubarak Egypt. Specifically the roundtable’s goals were to:
- Identify the internal and external challenges currently facing CSOs in Egypt.
- Discuss future plans of participating organizations.
- Reach common ground on key goals and priorities.
A series of key recommendations provided a starting point for the roundtable discussion. The roundtable was divided into two sessions: the first focused on the role of civil society in political reform, democratization, and human rights, while the second focused on economic development and employment.
Also on March 24, Global Economy and Development at Brookings conducted further discussions on the role of civil society in supporting Egypt’s development at an event titled The Role of Civil Society in a New Egypt.