Diakonia - People change the world


In the young and so far unstable Egyptian democracy, Diakonia prioritises support to democratisation processes. Women, people with disabilities and children at risk are in focus for the work of our partner organizations.

10/30/2014 Publisher: Ghada Hammam

Changes due to the Arab spring

In the beginning of 2011, the Egyptian people joined the in the Arab World trend of increasing demands for accountability and reforms. But after Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down, little has happened when it comes to improving human rights, democracy and women's rights in Egypt. The political situation is so far very unstable.

The most populated country in the Arab region

Although the revolution in Egypt has given people a lot of hope, many difficulties remain. With a population of 80 million people, Egypt is the most populated country in the Arab region. Despite its status as a middle income country, many suffer from widespread poverty, lack of employment possibilities and inequalities in society. Discrimination against women exists at all levels of society and violence against women is widespread.

Difficult situation for civil society

Civil society in Egypt has faced different attempts of shrinking its space. The year 2012 started with an attack on foreign and Egyptian human rights CSOs where 17 CSOs were raided and 43 NGO workers were taken to court. They were there charged with responsibility for the establishment and management of branches of foreign NGOs in Egypt, receiving funds from foreign agencies and spending these funds on their activities without approval from the Egyptian government.

Many international NGOs closed their offices and left Egypt. In addition, a restrictive new NGO law is in progress and project approvals for receiving funding to Egyptian CSOs are severely delayed.

Focus on vulnerable groups

Diakonia has identified the most vulnerable groups in Egypt:


Youth and children at risk

People with disabilities

Together with our partner organizations, Diakonia supports the struggling democratization and reform processes at the national and local levels.

To achieve lasting improvement in people's lives, Diakonia supports work carried out on different levels of the Egyptian society by local civil society organizations. Our goals are related to promoting human rights, democracy and gender equality.

Goal: To eradicate female genital mutilation

Together with our partner organizations, we are reaching out to homeless and working children, providing basic social and medical services. We provide support to our partner organizations in empowering young girls and women both at local and national level, to eradicate female genital mutilation and to reduce various forms of violence against women. Diakonia and our partner organizations now seek to support the democratisation and reform process that is ongoing in different ways.

Read more about our work in Egypt