AKDN’s Civil Society Capacity Building programme in Aswan and Cairo have provided local grass-root Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) with technical and financial support, whilst also working to strengthen the overall local eco-system of civic work by creating strong links and partnerships between the empowered local civil society and governmental bodies.
AKDN’s Civil Society Capacity Building programme in Aswan was established in 2007 by the Om Habibeh Foundation (with the goal of promoting civic engagement and participation, community responsibility and capacity-building in community development agencies while fostering stronger and more impactful networking and links between various local civil society and community development organizations. To date, the programme has built the technical and management capacities of 25 local CSOs in 17 villages in rural Aswan. The activities have reached over 80,000 beneficiaries and created 450 jobs through community projects. The Civil Society Capacity Building programme has trained 80 government officials working closely with CSOs and improved the collaboration prospects of the government with the local civil society sector. The results have shown an improved and faster community participation in solving urging community needs through the CSOs. These include solutions to water, sanitation, irrigation, electricity, infrastructure and healthcare problems of the communities.