Regarding to education, I obtained MA Global Development from University of Leeds in 2012 and I have finished fellowship in democracy and human rights at University of Beirut in 2011. I have been done studies on democratic transition in Egypt and the Arab World. For example, I have finished an essay about civil society as domain of democratic development in MENA region. My study has applied SOWT analysis (strengths/opportunities/weakness/threats) to civil society to analyze the factors in internal and external environments that affect the role of NGOs in democratization. The study indicated that both national and international environments have good opportunities for civil society to be the agent for the change. It concluded that democratic transition needs NGOs to be more aligned with grass roots demands to increase internal support, plus networking with international community to gain international support in facing autocratic regimes.
Additionally, I have been done my dissertation on “Good Governance and Human Development in Egypt 2002-2012”. It investigated the role of good governance in accomplishing considerable levels of human development in Egypt after the 25 January Revolution, so it explored the social, political and economic situation in Egypt before the revolution. The study has shown that good governance could be a pathway for Egypt after the revolution under the umbrella of a democratic developmental state that applies cooperative good governance in cooperation with both civil society and the media.
In my dissertation has been traced human development in Egypt between 2002 and 2011 in terms of education, health, and political liberties. This has been necessary because enlarging human capabilities cannot be done without giving them the knowledge and skills through education, providing them with decent health services to enable them to play a role in building their communities as well as giving them the freedom to express their opinions. Excellence of education cannot be measured in quantity without quality, so it was important to trace public spending on education and its outcomes. Also, health deficiencies could be seen in the rise in the maternal mortality rate because this shows the level of health care service the state provided to the mothers as well as babies since birth.
Moreover, the political liberties the state gives to its citizens shows to what extent there is a public sphere for criticizing the government because freedom is an important factor in developing communities where development comes from the people themselves. However, looking at the Egyptian government from these three perspectives education, health, and political liberties shows its poor performance especially with the limited role of either civil society as described in the second chapter or of the media as in Chapter Three. Not only did the state not encourage these important good governance players (civil society and media) be active, but it also put both of them under its hegemony.
In terms of work experience, I have five years (2007-2013); firstly in national NGOs such as “Dreamers of Tomorrow Association” and “AYB Association for Sustainable Development” and secondly in international NGOs include “CARE International in Egypt”, “United Nations of Youth Association in Lebanon” and “World Bank Group”. Actually, this work experience has given me a lot of professional skills such as; communication & networking, team working, working strategically, building partnerships for influence, financial planning, training and events management.
As a Communication Coordinator in CARE International I have used various communication tools to be in good contact with our partners from international organizations, additionally to update our partners from the corporate or media sector with the recent project achievements in HIV/AIDS prevention in Egypt. Moreover, I developed effective communication materials in Arabic & English for partners like biannual newsletter, reports (monthly, quarterly & annual), presentations, website and briefs about project activities. Phone calls, emails and meetings were used professionally to keep our partner companies in touch with the project and keep their commitment. Consequently, most companies didn’t leave the project and engaged as active players in the project activities from 2008 and till 2012.
I just finished my work at “Egypt Development Marketplace” project in World Bank Group and communication with partners and NGOs was at the heart of my work in the Bank. For instance, I have worked for advocacy of the project during November 2012. On one hand, I conducted four information sessions about the project in four different cities (Assiut, Minya, Qena and Aswan) to reach our beneficiaries in Upper Egypt. On the other hand, I worked in cooperation with other partners on publicity of the project using social media to reach to all NGOs all over Egypt. Also, I developed database (soft and hard copies) for beneficiaries who have applied for the competition of the project. Furthermore, I was responsible for conducting capacity building workshops for the 70 NGO in Minya and Aswan between April and May 2013 and managing all logistical arrangements for the training. Finally, on 17 June 2013 organized big ceremony in Cairo for those applicants whose applications won in the competition, partners of the project and media as well.
Moreover, I have involved myself in many volunteering activities with UNICEF, ILO, OFOK NGO for Development, Egyptian Federation for Youth NGOs in Egypt, Danish Youth Council (DUF), Ford Foundation, The American Council of Young Political Leaders, and German Technical Cooperation. Certainly, most of these activities were tackling youths’ and adolescents’ issues such as education, employment, and children rights. As a result, I obtained awareness about youth development in political, economic and cultural sides that will add value to my work.