Our Stories

  • From Victims to Activists

    Mines and explosive remnants of war contaminate a huge portion of Egypt’s Western Desert, affecting an area of about 2,680 square kilometres stretching from Alexandria to the Libyan border and 30 kilometres deep from the Mediterranean coastline.

  • Getting to the heart of Communities
    Nov 22, 2017

    As the sun appeared over the horizon, a group from the Enterprise development Agency (Mashareea Masr) Development Agency and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) headed to Alexandria governorate for a one day trip, visiting the host communities of Syrian Refugees.

  • Governance Assessments Give Citizens a Voice

    Despite relatively limited resources, authorities in Egypt have recurrently allocated significant portions of state budget to local service delivery projects.

  • In Egypt, Poor People Get Free Legal Aid

    Every year about one million cases are filed in Family Courts across the country to seek justice on issues that range from domestic violence and custody disputes to alimony and inheritance litigation.

  • In Siwa, Adapted Technologies Improve Women's Lives

    Like many girls growing up in Siwa, the largest oasis in Egypt’s western desert, Fatma was deprived of an education due to her family’s poverty and a community tradition biased against girls’ education.

  • In her own Hands: New opportunities for women artisans in Upper Egypt

    Shaimaa, walked down the room in a Cairo handicrafts exhibition, held her long needle and black cloth. She sat down, put the thread into the needle and beautifully drew very fine silver threads in a black cloth to form a well-crafted shawl.

  • Innovate for Fayoum Challenge

    During a 5-day social innovation camp, youth from all over the country gathered to co-design their own innovative solutions, to improve the livelihood of fishermen in Fayoum, through the use of human-centered design.

  • Innovative Public Works Programmes – Creating jobs for young men and women

    Historically high, unemployment levels, especially among Egypt’s youth and women, have been on the rise even prior to the January 2011 Revolution that delivered a severe shock to the Egyptian economy.

  • Inspiring Social Change: Towards Active Participation

    The Social Contract Centre (SCC) has frequently been asked what inspires social change in Egypt after the 25th of January Revolution. What has impact on policy making? What really motivates us to do social good? The answer has always been: active participation.

  • Landmine victims or agents of change: The story of an empowered woman

    After her husband’s landmine accident 20 years ago, Haja Najia’s life changed dramatically. At the age of 56, Haja Najia is the main bread winner of a 10-person family.

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