Egypt’s new civil society law is a breakthrough in community actions in the country, supporting civil society’s organisations through upgrading work measures and allowing the establishment of more organisations that serve communities on the ground, said Mohamed Farouk, the head of the Professional Development Foundation (PDF).
Farouk’s comments came as an answer to Ahram Online’s question on how the new civil society law is expected to boost civil work in Egypt.
This came during a discussion panel held by the foundation on Monday on its fifth round of excellence awards 2021.
The foundation is expected to announce the winners soon, aiming to push civil society’s work forward, which is in line with Egypt’s Vision 2030 for sustainable development.
Farouk added that the 2021 awards round is consistent with the efforts made by Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to improve the living standard of people in Egypt’s villages, particularly those in need.
It was also launched under the theme “countering social crises” to highlight the role civil society organisations play to support the community amid times of crises, such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The competition was launched for the first time in 2016, under the patronage of Egypt’s Ministry of Social Solidarity, with the aim of creating added value to the civil work in Egypt and motivating the sector to extend further efforts to serve the community in social, health, and training areas.