• The Forum organized a conference (Partnership Group) on the Egyptian experience in dialogue and participation in 2001. in 2002 the activities of the conference were issued in a book funded by the Ford Foundation.
  • The final conference of the project (Promoting the culture of using solar energy and integrated environmental systems at Al-Azhar University in Cairo) – March 2022
    In conclusion of the activities of (the project to promote the culture of using solar energy and integrated ecosystems at Al-Azhar University), implemented by the Forum for Dialogue and Participation for Development, and funded by the United Nations Development Programme, the Global Environment Facility, and the Small Grants Program – Egypt.
    The Grand Imam Hall in the Presidency of Al-Azhar University in Nasr City hosted the activities of the project’s final conference, which was held under the patronage of His Excellency the Grand Imam, Professor Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, “Sheikh of Al-Azhar,” and Mrs. Dr. Nevin Al-Qabbaj, “Her Excellency the Minister of Social Solidarity.”
    In the presence of Professor Dr. Mahmoud Siddiq, “Vice President of Al-Azhar University for Postgraduate Studies and Chairman of the University’s Community Service and Environmental Development Committee.”
    Dr. Imad El-Din Adly, “National Director of the Small Grants Programme”
    And Professor Ayman Abdel-Mawjoud, Assistant Minister of Solidarity
    Social Affairs for Civil Work Institutions Affairs”
    And Mrs. Dr. Samar Youssef Saafan, “Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Forum for Dialogue and Participation for Development.”
    A group of university professors, public figures, and representatives of governmental and private organizations concerned with environmental issues participated in the conference, and a documentary film and review of the project’s activities over a year and a half within Al-Azhar University were presented.
    On the sidelines of the conference activities, the two solar energy stations established on top of the university’s main and administrative building with a total capacity of 104.4 kilowatts were officially opened, and a cooperation protocol was also signed between Al-Azhar University and the Forum for Dialogue and Participation for Development to implement a strategic plan that ensures the sustainability of the results achieved from the project.
    The project activities included:
    – Establishing two solar power plants with a total capacity of 104.4 kilowatts
    – Creating islands and planting dense shade trees on the university campus
    – Replacing regular neon bulbs with energy-saving LED bulbs inside the administrative offices of the main building and organizing working hours and lighting the building’s roads with timer panels.
    – Supply and installation of waste disposal units inside the university campus and also inside the main and administrative building
    – Developing and raising the efficiency of ordering seating, lighting them with solar energy, and providing a USB unit to charge mobile phones using clean energy
    – Implementing 16 workshops for university employees, security personnel, cleaning workers, and male and female students to raise awareness of the integrated ecosystem model within the university.
    – Supplying water-control units and installing them in the bathrooms of the main and administrative building
  • (Violence is an issue… and protection is a priority)
    A regional meeting for children with the participation of two children from Egypt
    Over the course of four days…the Arab Network for Child Rights (Manara) organized a regional meeting in the Turkish capital, Istanbul, during the period from 26 to 29 December 2023, with the participation of two children from Egypt, representatives of the children of the Dialogue and Participation Forum for Development and the Egyptian Coalition for Child Rights, namely:
    The child: Joyce Rizk (from Beni Suef Governorate)
    Child/ Bakr Abdel Rahim (from Cairo Governorate)
    With the participation of 22 children, representatives of 10 Arab countries, members of the Manara Network
    The event aimed to enhance understanding and communication between children, and come up with a regional advocacy plan to combat violence against children. The children chose the title of the advocacy plan (Violence is an issue… and protection is a priority).
    The two children represented the children of Egypt honorably in this regional meeting, where they participated in discussions, work groups and presentations with children from other countries.
    Also, on the last day of the event, a press conference was organized, led by the children themselves. The children participated virtually with a number of international organizations and local, regional and international civil society organizations, especially Dr. Najat Majeed, “Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children.” The children participated During this conference, the results and outputs of the advocacy plan on the specific issue will be presented.
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