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Civil Society and Urban Governance

Title of the Session

Civil Society and Urban Governance

Time and Venue

16 June 2015, Marriott Hotel Zamalek – 9:00am-10:30 pm


Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Egypt have and continue to play a vital role in addressing a wide range of urban development challenges. Accordingly, this session explores (1) the extent to which CSOs are able to effectively and efficiently participate in the provision of public services and urban governance (2) the extent to which they are able to collaborate with local governments; and (3) the needed reform to enhance CSOs role in urban development drawing on both local and international experiences.

The aim of the Panel is to discuss:

  • What are the CSOs initiatives that aim at enhancing city management and improving the provision of public services in Egyptian cities?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges of involving CSOs in urban development?
  • What are the lessons learned internationally where CSOs have effectively participated in urban governance and planning? Which lessons are beneficial for the Egyptian context?
  • What is the expected role of CSOs in ensuring sustainable urban development? What about social accountability and CSOs role in holding local governments accountable?
  • To what extent has local government been able to create an enabling environment for partnership and active engagement with CSOs in urban development?
  • What is the needed reform to enable CSOs to actively engage in enhancing urban development in Egypt?


Dr. Mosaad Radwan – Ministry of Social Solidarity

Dr. Fahima Elshahed – General Organization For Physical Planning

Dr. Teresa Caldeira – Professor of City and Regional Planning, College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Selim Shahine – Vice President, Zamalek Association

Mr. Hani El Sharkawy, Mit Oqba

Mr. Abdelmoneim


Moderator: Mr. Khalil Shaat – Water and Wastewater Management Programme (WWMP), Senior Policy Advisor, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH