Since the 1950s, the foundation has supported public and private institutions and civil society organizations working toward social justice. Our approach is grounded in the belief that partnerships between state institutions, the private sector, civil society, and philanthropy is essential for achieving growth and development in Egypt.

Over the years, we have supported the work of several national institutions that play a key role in setting the development agenda for the country. For example, we helped strengthen the institutional capacity of the National Institute of Planning, the National Center for Translation, and the Information and Decision Support Center of the Cabinet of Ministers. We also assisted the National Council for Population in leading a series of consultations that informed national strategies on population and sexual and reproductive health.

Another important collaboration with national institutions has been our support to the diplomatic sector. In partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we have supported young Egyptian career diplomats to meet with and learn from other diplomats and representatives of various national and international institutions of peace and development in Washington, DC and New York. In that same vein and to contribute to good Egyptian-African relations, we have supported young diplomats to experience the culture, economics, and politics of other countries of the Nile Basin, including Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda. We also support the Cairo Center for Conflict Prevention (CCCPA), a leading center of excellence in the global discourse on peace and development and a leading training center on the African continent for African diplomats.

We recognize the role that academic institutions play in development and have maintained a longstanding relationship with Cairo University. At the School of Engineering, we provided 12 years of support to the Pathways program that expanded basic management and leadership skills for more than 28,000 young female and male university students from over 20 national universities across Egypt. We helped ensure the faculty of economics and political science obtained accreditation for its programs, leading to collaboration with international programs at universities throughout Europe and the United States. Our grants to the faculty of arts supported the faculty’s efforts to integrate social sciences and encourage multidisciplinary social science research by multidisciplinary teams.

We have also supported private universities, such as the American University in Cairo (AUC), to better serve the public good. For example, we helped AUC develop interactive and participatory training modules for young career diplomats at the Diplomatic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. With foundation support, AUC launched a double MA program in public policy for graduate students of public universities, preparing these students to return to their public institutions as junior faculty. Similarly, our grants to the Social Research Center (SRC) at AUC have enabled it to offer its flagship methodology training courses in public and reproductive health to junior faculty of public universities. Most recently SRC has embarked on a program to encourage public universities to explore ways to serve their surrounding communities.

Healthy cooperation between the government and civil society is a cornerstone of sustainable development, and we have made several grants that support state - society partnerships to improve service provision at the local level. For example, we support a pioneering program between CARE International and the National Social Fund for Development. The program is meant to enhance the capacities of Social Fund employees and local civil society organizations to partner together in order to monitor the creation of jobs through World Bank supported infrastructure projects.

Through its new strategy on addressing inequality, the Ford Foundation is proud to continue its long legacy of support to sustainable development in Egypt and across the Middle East and North Africa.