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Welcome to the FES Office Egypt

Inspired by its 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, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) started working in Egypt in 1976. The office operates in cooperation with local partners within the framework of an agreement with the Egyptian government. This agreement 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.

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40th Anniversary of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Egypt Office

18th of October 2016



The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (Egypt Office) celebrated its 40th anniversary with a colorful ceremony in the presence of His Excellency Julius Georg Luy, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Egypt, Mrs. Christiane Kesper (Director of the International Cooperation of FES, Berlin) and Mr. Ralf Hexel (Head of the MENA Department of FES, Berlin). 

The celebration took place within a beautiful setting on Thursday, October 18, 2016 at the terrace garden of its office premises in Zamalek / Cairo, welcoming all partners and friends of the foundation in Egypt.



The celebration was opened with a welcome address of Mr. Armin Hasemann, Resident Representative of the FES in Egypt. A fascinating laser show introduced the impressive anniversary film that brought back some memories of the 40-year long history, highlighted some benefits and achievements of the cooperation and introduced a vision for the future.

After a surprising interlude of a Sufi band, our distinguished guests shared their remarks. A dinner reception with music and candle-light concluded the evening in a beautiful atmosphere.

To see film click this video below:  


“A Shining Example of Democracy” 

90th Anniversary of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung


Berlin, 2 March 2015


From left to right: German Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, German President Joachim Gauck, FES-Chairman Kurt Beck, German Bundestag President Norbert Lammert

In a ceremony to mark the ninetieth anniversary of the founding of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, German Federal President Joachim Gauck paid tribute to the work of the German political foundation.

In the Berlin location of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Germany’s oldest and most tradition-rich political foundation, he emphasized on Monday evening the foundation’s commitment to human rights, civil rights and civil liberties.

 FES-Chairman Kurt Beck

 German Federal President Joachim Gauck

 Discussion with scholarship Students

President Gauck described as “indispensable” the educational work, the support for thousands of students, and not least the international cooperation that has “long since made the foundation an internationally respected institution.”

In the work of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the Federal President sees enrichment for political discourse with analysis, concepts, criticism and ideas.”

 Poland’s former President Aleksander Kwaśniewski

In his speech, the former President of Poland, Aleksander Kwaśniewski, stressed in particular the importance of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in the transformation process of Central and Eastern European countries.

Finally, he thanked the foundation for what has already been achieved together and concluded with the urgent appeal: “The task is not yet fulfilled.”

To read the speech of the German Federal President Joachim Gauck click here (in Arabic)

Pictures © Joachim Liebe / FES

Latest & upcoming Activities


Activities of 2016


Seminar:"Developing the Local Councils"

Ismailia, 12-14 April 2016

The seminar was held in cooperation between the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and “El-Marsad” organization for training and consultation in the framework of program on developing the local councils. It is worth mention that the project on “developing local councils” has four stages, where this seminar is calculated to be the second stage of the whole project.

In this seminar 35 participants form NGOs, parties and different movements out of six governorates (Sohag – Assiut - Beni Sweif - Fayoum – El Gharbeya – Monoufia) participated in.

Mr. Ahmad Fawzi (Chairman of “El-Marsad” Organization) pointed out, that the foundation is primarily interested in civil society and political mobility. He also pointed out, that the current constitution greatly expanded the powers of local councils and its structure by increasing the number of women and youth in it. Fawzi added that the conference aims to raise the capabilities, skills and information of candidates who wish to run in the coming local council’s elections and discussed with them a number of topics.


Lecturer Mr. Mahmoud Abdel-Fattah, who participated in this event, pointed that the second events day had seen a large number of discussions on community development programs within the local administration departments and how to set up an initial list of local needs on a governmental level of those participating in this event.  

On the last day of the event attendees participated in a simulation for the use of monitoring tools needed by the member of local council and how to prepare a request for briefing, raise an issue for discussion and make suggestions.

Selection Conference: "Young Leaders Program"

Ismailia, 31.3.-2.4.2016 

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung held a selection conference from 31.3.-2.4. 2016 for selecting the participants as a part of the young leader’s capability building program of the Foundation. 57 young men and women from different governorates participated in this conference, where 35 of them will be selected by the selection committee consisting of a group of specialists in consulting and training, to participate in the next part of the young leaders program.



The young leaders program (to support youth capabilities) or "National Young Leaders Network" of the FES is a program to be implemented in the North Africa and Middle East region in several countries (Egypt - Jordan -Morocco - Tunisia - Lebanon - Algeria – Sudan), which aims to enhance the capacities in the fields of economy, sociology, political science ... for young people in the region. This program also aims to qualify a selected number of young people may hold leading positions in the social and political life of their communities, so that they will be able to meet the challenges facing their countries.
This program is counted as that the third program to be implemented in Egypt, where the program period lasts for 18 months, though which the participants get qualified to become active members in the community.



Conference: “Egypt Transition into Sustainable Energy; Economic, Social and Political Perspectives”

Cairo, 9. February 2016

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Egypt in collaboration with the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) organized a conference “Egypt – The transition into sustainable energy; Economic, social and political perspectives”, which took place on 9. February 2016 at the Intercontinental City stars hotel in Cairo.
The conference discussed the future of sustainable energies in Egypt from economic, social and political perspectives. In the panel sessions, speakers elaborated the sustainable energy position among the decision makers’ priorities and the opportunities and barriers of financing sustainable energies. Moreover, the speakers presented the distributed solar energy systems and its future of Egypt.


Mr. Amb. Julius Georg Luy, Ambassador of the German Embassy, Egypt


Mr. Armin Hasemann, Resident Representative of FES


Dr. Ahmed Badr, RCREEE Executive Director
The panelists included sustainable energy officials, academia, civil society representatives and energy experts. Mr. Ambassador Julius Georg Luy (German Ambassador in Egypt), Dr. Mohamed El-Sobki (Chairman of New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA)), Dr. Ahmed Badr (RCREEE executive director) and Mr. Armin Hasemann (Resident Representative of FES) welcomed the attendees and expressed their expectations from the conference.
The opening speech of Mr. Ambassador Julius George Luy showed his support for the steps Egypt is taking to convert into clean energy resources. In addition, Dr. Badr gave the attendees an overview of the topics to be discussed during the conference.

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Latest Publications


Guide: Management of Non-profit Organizations/ NGOs, by Jackie Kameel

(in Arabic)

      Publication in PDF


Guide: Alliance Building Guide, by Doaa Abdelaal

(in Arabic)


      Publication in PDF



FES Calendar 2017 (this year's topic: Citizenship), by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (Egypt Office)

(in English and Arabic)


A guide to: Renewable Energy in Egypt and Jordan - Current Situation & Future Potentials, by different authors from Jordan and Egypt (FES Jordan & FES Egypt Office)

(in English and Arabic)


PDF English Version      PDF Arabic Version

FES Calendar 2016 (this year's topic: Economy), by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (Egypt Office)


Social Dialogue as an Instrument to Enhance Socio-Economic Development, by Dr. Magdy Sharara   

(in Arabic) 

    Publication as PDF


Social Justice and the Right for Development, by Dr. Salah Hashem
(in Arabic)

     Publication as PDF


Social Protection Concepts - Reading in the meaning of Living for marginalized, by Dr. Salah Hashem
(in Arabic)

   Publication as PDF


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