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  • 09 - 12 - 2018-Launching the Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index (CSOSI) for Egypt - 2017
  • The Closing Event of the Fifth Phase of our project-series “Simulating Egyptian Transition: Realizing Egypt’s Vision 2025” will take place at Pyramisa Hotel, Dokki on 12 December 2018 from 9:00  am to 3:00 pm. CRISP and CDS have been running this project series since 2012. During the project’s duration, we have implemented several capacity building activities in order to stimulate active citizenship among Egyptian youth. During the Closing Event, we would like to present our work and share the impact we have achieved throughout the project.
    The Project’s participants have used working spaces as platforms for the implementation of local community-led initiatives all over Egypt in cooperation with stakeholders from different sectors, in order to bring social change to their communities. Furthermore, our participants have developed and implemented different simulation games, aiming to increase the understanding of local and social issues and to develop ideas and concrete measures how to deal with those based on the Vision for Egypt 2025 that was developed from our values chosen by hundreds of our participating youth.
    We aim for the sustainability of our activities through supporting the participating youth to take Simulation Gaming in Egypt into an institutional level and present our vision for working in the forthcoming years.
  • 23 - 08 - 2016-Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform witnesses the closing ceremony of the Leadership Training for MPMAR employees implemented by CDS in cooperation with EPSP and USAID
  • In the framework of the Leadership Training for the employees of the Ministry of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform (MPMAR), implemented by the Center for Development Services (CDS) in collaboration with the Effective Planning and Services Program (EPSP) and funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Dr. Ashraf Al-Araby – Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform witnessed the closing ceremony of the program; which took place on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016.  The ceremony was attended by Dr. Nihal El-Megharbel - Vice Minister for Monitoring (MPMAR); Mr. Carl Anderson - Head of Democracy and Governance Office (USAID); Ms. Salwa Tobbalah - Head of EPSP, USAID; Mr. Rudy Venko – Director of EPSP; Mr. Ali Mokhtar - Chief Executive Officer of CDS, as well as a number of representatives of MPMAR and USAID’s leaders and top management.


    The Program aims at strengthening the capacity of MPMAR professionals and providing them with the necessary skills to enhance their performance and improve their productivity so that they can effectively contribute to enhancing the institutional performance of their Ministry and support it to achieve its vision and goals towards reaching sustainable and inclusive development.  To that end, the program - which took place over the duration of seven months beginning from February to August 2016 - included training workshops that addressed the topics of basic management, communication skills, negotiation skills, leadership skills and presentation skills, as well as time management and report writing.


    In his speech at the ceremony, H.E. Minister Al-Araby praised the program, and stressed its importance for enhancing the institutional performance of MPMAR. He also expressed his aspiration that the program outcomes will be positively reflected on the performance of the Ministry’s staff members to enable them to assume leadership positions in the near future. Building on this, Mr. Mokhtar reaffirmed in his speech CDS’s commitment to human capacity development and the Center’s belief that investment in the development of human capabilities is of paramount importance for institutional capacity development, not only as a target of reform, but as a driver and a key supporter of the reform process. He also stressed on the keenness of CDS to take all necessary measures to make the best use of the outcomes of the program and support the institutional and human development efforts at MPMAR during the upcoming phases.


    At the end of the ceremony, the Minister listened to the statements of the trainees and their impressions about the program and suggestions for optimizing the outcomes training during the next phase. Finally, the Minister handed over graduation certificates to the trainees of the Ministry.

  • 23 - 08 - 2016-وزير التخطيط والمتابعة والإصلاح الإداري يشهد الحفل الختامي لبرنامج إعداد قادة المستقبل\" الذي ينفذه مركز خدمات التنمية بالتعاون مع الوكالة الأمريكية للتنمية الدولية
  • في إطار فعاليات برنامج "إعداد قادة المستقبل" بوزارة التخطيط والمتابعة والإصلاح الإداري الذي قام بتنفيذه مركز خدمات التنميةCDS  بالتعاون مع برنامج التخطيط الفعال والخدمات EPSPالممول منالوكالة الأمريكية للتنمية الدولية USAID، شهد السيد الدكتور/ أشرف العربي –  وزير التخطيط والمتابعة والإصلاح الإداري يوم الثلاثاء 23 أغسطس 2016 حفل تخريج 70 من الشباب العاملين بالوزارة بعد إتمامهم كافة الأنشطة التدريبية للبرنامج.حضر الحفل السيدة الدكتورة/ نهال المغربل – نائب السيد الوزير للمتابعة والسيد/ كارل أندرسون - مدير مكتب الشئون الديمقراطية والحوكمة بالوكالة الأمريكية للتنمية الدولية والسيدة/ سلوى طوبالة - مديرة مشروع التخطيط الفعال والخدمات EPSPبالوكالة والسيد/ رودي فنكو – مدير مشروع التخطيط الفعال والخدماتوالسيد/ على مختار – المدير التنفيذي لمركز خدمات التنمية، ومجموعة من قيادات وزارة التخطيط والمتابعة والإصلاح الإداري.


    هذا ويهدف برنامج "إعداد قادة المستقبل" الى تعزيز قدرات الموظفين بوزارة التخطيط والمتابعة والإصلاح الإداري وإمدادهم بالمهارات اللازمة للمساهمة بفاعلية أكبر في كفاءة أداء مهامهم بالوزارة وتحسين إنتاجيتهم، بما يدعم تحقيق رؤية وأهداف الوزارة في الوصول إلى التنمية الشاملة للقطاعات المختلفة في الوزارة. وتضمن البرنامج التدربيبي - الذي استمر تنفيذه على مدار 7 أشهر بداية من فبراير وحتى أغسطس 2016 – 7 ورش تدريبية تناولت موضوعات مبادئ الإدارة ومهارات الاتصال والتفاوض والقيادة والعرض والتقديم وإدارة الوقت وكتابة التقارير.


     وفي كلمته التي ألقاها خلال الحفل، أثنى السيد الوزير على برنامج "إعداد قادة المستقبل"، مؤكداً أهميته في تطوير الأداء المؤسسي لوزارة التخطيط والمتابعة والإصلاح الاداري. كما أعرب عن تطلعه إلى أن تنعكس مخرجات البرنامج بشكل إيجابي على أداء العاملين بالوزارة بما يمكنهم من شغل المناصب القيادية بها في وقت قريب. ومن جانبه أكد السيد/ على مختار في كلمته على الأهمية التي يوليها مركز خدمات التنمية  لتنمية القدرات البشرية إيماناً من المركز بأن تطوير وتنمية قدرات العنصر البشري تعد أحد أهم عناصر تنمية القدرات المؤسسية، ليس فقط كعنصر مُستهدف من الإصلاح ولكن كمحرك وداعم أساسي لعملية الإصلاح. كما أكد على حرص المركز على إتخاذ كافة الإجراءات اللازمة لتحقيق أفضل استفادة من نتائج البرنامج ودعم جهود التطوير المؤسسي والتنمية البشرية بوزارة التخطيط والمتابعة الإصلاح الإداري خلال المراحل القادمة.


    وفي ختام الحفل، استمع السيد الوزير الى كلمات المتدربين وانطباعاتهم عن البرنامج ومقترحاتهم لتحقيق الاستفادة المثلى من مخرجات التدريب خلال المرحلة القادمة. كما قام السيد الوزير بتسليم شهادات التخرج للمتدربين من العاملين بالوزارة. 

  • 20 - 12 - 2015-Counseling for Children and Adolescents Living with HI

    Center for Development Services (CDS) and UNICEF Egypt Country Office (UNICEF-ECO) would like to invite interested candidates to register their interest in a 6 month practicum, which starts with a 5 day training workshop in the first half of January, with the opportunity to be mentored by leading professionals in the field. Ten trainees will be selected from a wider pool of applicants; each of whom will receive mentoring throughout the process and will be able to work with up to two children and their caregiver(s).

    Project’s Background

    This training program is a component of the project titled “Addressing the Needs of Children and Adolescents (+CHAD) living with HIV”. The project, implemented by Center for Development Services, with funding from UNICEF, aims to design tailored interventions that empower +CHAD. One of the project’s main objectives is to provide support and care to children and adolescents living with HIV by ensuring their access to proper healthcare services and psychosocial support. So far, the project has identified 19 children and adolescents in Greater Cairo, Gharbiya and Alexandria, aged from 5-16 who are facing a diverse range of general medical, economic, and psychosocial hardships.


    About CDS:

    The Center for Development Services (CDS) is an Egyptian employee-owned development venture that uses innovative approaches to mobilize technical and financial support for development endeavors in Egypt and the Middle East. CDS has been deeply involved to the field of HIV and AIDS in Egypt. Collaborating with numerous national and international partners, CDS now has established a network of professionals, advocates and civil society organizations who are commit to promote the rights of PLHIV.


    About UNICEF:

    UNICEF is the United Nations’ agency specifically focused on promoting the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.




    Application Process:

    We are looking for trainees who have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in psychology or currently studying psychology at the master’s level (without having a psychology background). Senior students and recent graduates of faculties of medicine, with an interest in psychiatry, are also encouraged to apply. Applicants need to have a very good command of both Arabic and English (written and spoken). 


    Interested candidates are invited to send their resume and a cover letter, explaining their experience and motivation to join this training program, to Ahmed ( or Zeinab (


    The deadline to receive applications is 31 December 2015 (5 pm).





  • 20 - 12 - 2015-\"تقديم المشورة للأطفال والمراهقين المتعايشين مع فيروس نقص المناعة البشرى\"
  • يود كل من مركز خدمات التنمية و صندوق الأمم المتحدة للأطفال – مكتب مصر (يونيسف) أن يدعو مرشحين لأن يعلنوا عن رغبتهم فى الإنضمام إلى برنامج تدريبى مدته 6 أشهر، تبدأ بورشة تدريبية لمدة خمسة أيام فى النصف الأول من شهر يناير 2016، مع فرصة للتدرب تحت إشراف أخصائيين لهم ريادة فى هذا المجال. سوف يتم إختيار عشرة متدربين من بين جميع المتقدمين، كل منهم سيحصل على إشراف متواصل فى خلال جميع مراحل العمل وذلك لتقديم مشورة نفسية واجتماعية للواحد أو إثنين من الأطفال و القائم على رعايتهم.

    خلفية عن المشروع:

    يعد هذا البرنامج التدريبى جزء من مشروع بعنوان "تلبية إحتياجات الأطفال والمراهقين المتعايشين مع فيروس نقص المناعة البشرى"، الذى ينفذه مركز خدمات التنمية بتمويل من هيئة اليونيسف. يهدف المشروع إلى تصميم مبادرات وتدخلات تساعد على تمكين الأطفال والمراهقين. أحد الأهداف المحددة هى توفير الرعاية والدعم للأطفال والمراهقين المتعايشين مع فيروس نقص المناعة البشرى، من حيث التأكيد على حصولهم على الرعاية الصحية المناسبة والدعم النفسى والإجتماعى. حتى هذه اللحظة، فقد تم تحديد إحتياجات 19 ولد وبنت من القاهرة الكبرى، الغربية والإسكندرية، تتراوح أعمارهم ما بين خمسة وستة عشر سنة. يواجه معظم هؤلاء الأطفال مصاعب صحية، واقتصادية، ونفسية واجتماعية.

    نبذة عن مركز خدمات التنمية:

    مركز خدمات التنمية  مكتب استشاري يعمل علىيستخدم أساليب مبتكرة لإدارة الدعم التقني والمالي لجهود التنمية في مصر والشرق الأوسط.وللمركز خبرة طويلة فى المشاريع المرتبطة بمجال فيروس نقص المناعة البشرى ومتلازمة نقص المناعة المكتسبة (إيدز). من خلال الشراكة مع هيئات محلية ودولية عدة، فقد كون المركز شبكة واسعة من العاملين فى مجال التنمية ومؤيد للقضية ومنظمات المجتمع المدنى التى لديها الإلتزام بتعزيز حقوق المتعايشين بفيروس نقص المناعة البشرى.

    نبذة عن هيئة اليونيسف:

    يونيسف هى إحدى هيئات الأمم المتحدة، وهى الهيئة الأساسية المعنية بشئون الأطفال، من حيث تعزيز حقوق الأطفال والعيش فى حالة من الرفاه. تعمل هيئة يونيسف مع شركائها فى 190 دولة وإقليم ليترجم ذلك الإلتزام إلى عمل على أرض الواقع، مع التركيز على الوصول إلى أكثر الأطفال عرضة للمخاطر أو الأطفال المهمشين، من أجل الوصول إلى إفادة الأطفال جميعا فى كل أنحاء العالم.

    كيفية التقدم:

    يسعى البرنامج التدريبى إلى جذب عدد من المشاركين ذوى خبرة بعلم النفس، بحيث يكونوا حاصلين على درجة البكالوريوس فى علم النفس أو يكونوا حاليا مدرجين فى دراسات عليا بدرجة ماجستير علم النفس (وبذلك فهو مفتوح للذين ليس لديهم تلك الخلفية فى البكالوريوس). نرحب أيضا بالطلبة فى السنين الأخيرة أو الخريجين الحديثين من كليات الطب ممن لديهم الرغبة فى التخصص في الطب النفسى. ويتوجب على المتقدمين أن تكون لديهم إجادة جيدة جدا للغتين العربية والإنجليزية (فى القراءة والتحدث).


    يرجى إرسال السيرة الذاتية  وخطاب مصاحب له، يتم فيه شرح أكثر عن خبرتهم وسبب رغبتهم فى الإنضمام إلى برنامج التدريب. الرجاء إرسال الطلبات إما إلى أحمد عبد المعطى  أو زينب فرحات


    آخر تاريخ لتسلم الطلبات هو 31/12/2015، فى تمام الخامسة مساء  


  • 22 - 10 - 2015-Civil Society Management Workshop in Cairo
  • تحية طيبة وبعد،،

    يسرنا أن نبلغكم أن مركز خدمات التنمية بصدد عقد ورشة عمل تدريبية عن "بناء قدرات العاملين مع الشباب" لمدة 6  أيام خلال شهر نوفمبر 2015 بهدف تنمية المهارات الإدارية والتخطيطية والتسويقية للعاملين مع الشباب. سوف تتطرق الورشة إلى الموضوعات التالية:

    ·         مهارات الإتصال والتواصل مع المجتمع

    ·         مفاهيم التنمية الشاملة

    ·         تنمية المجتمع المعتمدة على الشباب

    ·         التفاوض

    ·         إدارة الموارد وكيفية تطويرها

    ·         كيفية التسويق للمنظمات المجتمعية

    ·         التخطيط التنفيذى وإدارة الوقت

    فبرجاء التكرم بترشيح عدد 3 أفراد من مؤسساتكم بحيث يمثلون الإدارة العليا والإدارة التنفيذية بالمؤسسة وملء طلب الإشتراك لهم فى ورشة العمل التدريبية (مرفق الإستمارة).

    وسوف تنعقد الورشة التدريبية فى القاهرة فى الفترة من 7 إلى 11 نوفمبر 2015 (6 أيام) من الساعة 9 صباحا حتى الساعة 4 مساءا وسيقوم مركز خدمات التنمية بتوفير مكان للإقامة المشاركين من خارج القاهرة بمكان إنعقاد الورشة.

    برجاء إرسال استمارة الإشتراك فى موعد أقصاه 29 أكتوبر 2015.

    خالد كمال

    أخصائى أول برامج

    مركز خدمات التنمية

    برجاء إرسال الاستماره علي الايميل أو علي الفاكس 27947278 02 :

  • 03 - 03 - 2015-Provision of Business Management Training for Horticulture and Dairy Service Providers - Social Fund for Development Egypt: Rural Income and Economic Enhancement Project (RIEEP)
  • This project is the newly signed one for CDS. It aims to increase access to finance for small-holder farmers and small entrepreneurs working along the agribusiness value-chain with special focus on horticulture and dairy products in three Upper Egyptian governorates, namely Minya, Assiut and Suhag, with the ultimate aim of improving their livelihoods as they grow and develop their businesses.   The project consists of a line of credit available nationwide through a number of partner financial intermediaries.   CDS main task is to provide an intensive “Business and Financial Management” Training programme for horticulture and diary service providers in Beni Suef, Minya, Assiut and Suhag governorates.  The training will target 120 service providers’ staff members; 80 from the horticulture sector 40 from the dairy production sector to enable them better manage their businesses; source raw products more efficiently; expand their overall product range; and strengthen their role in services provision. 

  • 01 - 02 - 2015-Addressing the Needs of Children and Adolescents Living with HIV (+CHAD) - UNICEF
  • The objective of this project is to provide support and care to children and adolescents living with HIV, ensure they have access to proper health care and psychosocial support, equip them with the knowledge and skills that would improve their livelihoods, reduce stigma towards them and help them get integrated in their communities with other healthy as well as disadvantaged CHAD, empower them and their parents/caregivers economically,  and train them and their support system to be able to sustain all this beyond the tenure of the project.

  • 01 - 12 - 2014-Simulating Egyptian Transition-2 (SET-2) - CRISP
  • In this project we focus on the sphere of education as a key factor for development. The overall goal is to train local trainers in the method of simulation gaming, so they become capable of using a new tool in a simulation workshop and train another 20 facilitators on particular subjects. The overall project includes several workshops, which will take place in 2014. In this step, we will present the diversity of simulation games, discuss their adaptability to the needs on the ground and start to jointly develop one particular simulation game to be conducted in a workshop. Together we will conduct this simulation game with participants from all over Egypt in 2014. In continuation the trainers will be enabled to develop their own simulation games. By then they will chose their particular topic and target group and design an adequate simulation, with respect to scenario, rules and procedures. Further the trainers of first round will conduct simulation gaming training themselves in the follow-up phase. The trainers are committed to carry out simulation game workshops and train other trainers and transfer the methodology of Simulation Gaming to another 20 young facilitators.

  • 16 - 11 - 2014-CREA Open Forum (November 2014) – CREA
  • CDS was responsible for organizing a one-day Open Forum event addressing Sexual Harassment in Egypt. The suggested title of the event is: “Towards Synergy to End Sexual Harassment in Egypt”. The event aimed at targeting 80 participants/stakeholders including women leaders, activists, scholars, and representatives of CSOs, government officials, media and the private sector. The purpose of the Open Forum was to bring women leaders to discuss how sexual harassment affects their day-to-day interaction in public spaces, and how women leaders can advance women, peace, and security agenda. Here are related links to the Open Forum:

  • 05 - 10 - 2014-Eliminating Challenges for People Living with HIV (March 2014)-Ford Foundation
  • The overall aim of this project was to unravel the stigma that surrounds PLHIV in a service provision setting and accordingly prevent discrimination against them during their recipient of these services. The cornerstone of the project’s approach is working through and with youth and young adults such as university students, support group moderators and social media activists to raise awareness regarding PLHIV social and health related challenges. The project will financially and technically support them in their quest of improving the quality of life of PLHIV.

  • 15 - 09 - 2014-Profile of Health Workforce at District Level in Assiut and Sohag Baseline Study - UNFPA
  • A Baseline Study on the Profile of Health Workforce at District Level and the aim of this study was to compile a complete listing of Health facilities in Assiut and Sohag into a Master Health facility list, to provide a rapid assessment of the health workforce profile in the twenty four districts in the two governorates, and to develop a district ranking list based on selected indicators to serve as baseline information on the availability and readiness of the facility-based health services.

  • 27 - 08 - 2014-Training of Trainers 1
  • 20 - 07 - 2014-Barriers to Effective Neonatal Referral System in Egypt Qualitative Study - UNICEF
  • The objectives of this research project were to analyze the current situation of the neonatal referral system in Egypt at different levels of care, to explore the existing challenges and to recommend rectifying measures. The study will help to enhance knowledge on availability, accessibility and affordability of referral of critical neonatal cases in targeted areas and shed light on the policies and regulations that control the referral system for neonates.  The results of this study will be targeted towards Ministry of Health officials and international organizations that have the capacity to induce changes in the system to create lasting effects. Future law makers should also be a target of such a study, as the survival and health of children should be on every decision maker’s agenda.

  • 17 - 06 - 2014-Evaluation of the Livelihoods Component of IOM’s Project (June 2014) - International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • This project came in response to the growing phenomenon of irregular migration of mixed migrants from several African countries that cross Egypt’s southern border with Sudan and travel onwards through Sinai or towards Libya and the Northern Mediterranean.  In their attempt to cross the border, these mixed migrants are detained in Egypt’s south.  The majorities of them were transferred to ill-equipped military camps, prisons and police stations (often in Luxor and Aswan) and spend protracted periods awaiting repatriation or deportation.  Some have incurred injuries, including gunshot wounds, in their efforts to cross the southern border. Still others have suffered exploitation and abuse at the hands of unscrupulous smugglers and traffickers. Through improving the livelihoods of local communities in these areas (around Lake Nasser and Abu Simbel), particularly vulnerable women, and the project aimed to encourage community-level resistance to smuggling and trafficking

  • 01 - 06 - 2014-Policy Evaluation on Gender Equality (June 2014)-ACE Europe
  • The evaluation aimed to assess the relevance, effectiveness, sustainability and efficiency of the way in which the Ministry of Foreign affairs has implemented its gender equality policy between 2007 and 2013, on this basis, generate lessons for future policy making in this domain. The Center for Development Services will assist ACE Europe in the evaluation of the IOB evaluation of the Dutch Policy on Gender Equality 2007-2013, commissioned by the IOB (Policy and Operations Evaluations Department) of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

  • 18 - 05 - 2014-FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SUPPORT FOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISES - Egypt Development Marketplace (EDM)
  • The general aim of the assignment for training services was to provide representatives from the 37 Egypt DM program with a number of specialized training modules that would enhance their capacities in terms of financial management, financial systems and procedures, financial resources, and budgeting skills. The training program addressed 37 representatives from 37 organizations winners of the Egypt DM program. Each training course was attended by 32 to 37 participants.

  • 10 - 03 - 2014-The Health Management & Research Unit launches call for proposals for student based entities
  • Health Management & Research Unit has launched a call for proposals for student based entities to apply. Students based entities will lead several initiatives within their respective Egyptian universities to combat stigma and discrimination against People Living with HIV (PLHIV). Those initiatives will aim at raising their fellow student s’ awareness regarding stigma and discrimination that PLHIV face in health and legal services provision.

    Call for Collaboration

    Student Based Entities from Egyptian Universities.

    We are looking for Student Based Entities (organizations or student activity groups) to collaborate with CDS in a new project to unravel the stigma that surrounds PLHIV in a service provision setting and accordingly prevent discrimination against them during their recipient of these services. The cornerstone of the project’s approach is working through and with youth and young adults such as university students to raise awareness regarding PLHIV social and health related challenges.

    We would like to engage with six Student Based Entities from Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Law faculties across the country to start their own initiative at their university to raise awareness regarding stigma and discrimination against PLHIV in medical and legal services provision amongst fellow students. We will provide training and financial support for selected entities to implement their activities. The preparations and trainings will start during the summer vacation of 2014 and the initiatives will be implemented in the academic year 2014 – 2015. By end of the project the best awareness campaign among the six will be awarded a national prize.


    Are you a student based entity, eligible according to the following criteria and interested to participate in this project then please contact for an application form, closing date is the 15th of April 2014.


    Student based entities criteria:

    1)        Entities led, managed and composed of students at the university

    2)        Students based entities from all over Egypt especially Upper Egypt can apply

    3)        Preferably entities should have past experience of work at Public health, reproductive health or HIV projects

    4)        Entities should have no political or religious affiliation or activity

    5)        Entities should be well organized with a clear management structure

    6)        Entities from (Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Law) faculties are highly recommended to apply

    7)        Only one entity will be selected in each university. Overall 2 will be selected in Greater Cairo, 2 in Upper Egypt and 2 in Lower Egypt

  • 02 - 03 - 2014-Participatory Guided Institutional Assessment (PGIA) for Partner CSO Network in Sudan - World Learning & SUDIA
  • The main aim of this assignment was to provide a participatory guided institutional assessment (PGIA) for World Learning’s partner CSOs’ network members in Sudan, according to their area of expertise. Based on the PGISA results, CDS, in collaboration with World Learning and SUDIA, will recommend training and capacity building activities and programs proved successful to improve the CSOs’ network ability and competence to perform development and programmatic work in their thematic areas.

  • 12 - 02 - 2014-Refugees Positive Pathway (2013-2014) - Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
  • The purpose of the Refugees Positive Pathways projectwasto support young youth Syrian refugees (16-25 years) to integrate in the Egyptian society and increase their opportunities on the job market.The project aimed to facilitate the integration and access of 102 young Syrian refugees to the employment in the Egyptian labormarketand o enable 102 young Syrian to adjust to life in Cairo, integrate in society and become self-reliant. In this way young refugees gaineda set of soft and hard skills that helpedthem in the present as well as the future. There were indicators that weremeasured amongst youth refugees before and after the project intervention to measure change in specific skills, behaviorand attitude.

  • 22 - 01 - 2014-Youth Career Development Program (YCDP) (January 2014) - Africa Community Investment Committee (ACIC)
  • The YCDPaimedto bridge the gender gap by empowering both young women and men from underprivileged backgrounds with vocational skills that allow them to take on a growing competition in the job market and to become economically independent in the near future.It aimed to increase the employability of 300 marginalized and disadvantaged youth (25- 35 years) and facilitate their access to decent work or self employment opportunities.

  • 14 - 01 - 2014-Customer Utilization and Satisfaction Study of Accredited Primary Health Care Facilities
  • Dr Mohamed and his team just finished a research study commissioned by the Ministry of Health to measure the rate of utilization and satisfaction of services provided in the accredited primary health care units (APHUs). It was conducted in 10 governorates, namely Assiut, Aswan, Beni Suef and Minia in Upper Egypt; Behira, Damietta, Menoufia, Ismailia and Sharkiya in Lower Egypt; and the urban governorate is Alexandria. A quantitative survey was administered in two parts, one among the clients of 152 APHUs and another at 3800 households in their catchment areas (2 questionnaires administered in each home). For the qualitative study, 40 focus group discussions and 30 in-depth interviews were conducted with household beneficiaries of the APHUs and health care service providers.

  • 01 - 01 - 2014-Enhancing the Libyan Teachers Training Program (January 2014) - Human Concern International (HCI)
  • This program aimedto contribute to rebuildinga stronger education system through focusing on building the capacity of the teachers in Libya.The program targetedthe 'in-service teacher' this term connotes any teacher already working in schools, with the explicit purpose of updating and renewing their knowledge. TheIn-service training rejuvenatedteachers' attributes and gives the teacher an opportunity to improve and develop their practical teaching, coaching, and management skills. It also preparedteachers for the greater challenges of everyday teaching, where time constraints and pressure from summative assessments overwhelm both newly quailed and experienced teachers.

  • 25 - 12 - 2013-Regional office in Amman up and running
  • Since September our regional office in Amman is fully up and running and Shaden Masri joint the CDS team based in Jordan. We are very excited about this new development and already running projects from our regional office in Sudan, Palestine and Libya. For contact details please go to CONTACT US

  • 01 - 11 - 2013-Work With US - How People and Organisations can Catalyse Sustainable Change
  • The Institute for Development Studies  just released the report of the synthesis of studies conducted by the Participate Participatory Research Group (PRG, including CDS,  to identify and draw out the patterns of change that emerge across people's accounts of their own experiences of moving in or out of poverty and marginalization in 29 countries. The PRG members conducted research using diverse participatory approaches, ranging from oral testimonies to Theatre for Development. The aim was get an in-depth understanding of how people living in extreme poverty and marginalization experience change in their lives, and the different factors that contribute to either negative orpositive change. Most of all, this research calls us to bear witness to the depth of insight and intelligence of people who face extremely difficult circumstances – and pay attention to what this can offer those who seek to promote development. The full report can be downloaded from -

  • 01 - 09 - 2013-Unleashing Grassroots Power through Digital Storytelling
  • CDS has been capitalizing on Digital Storytelling (DST) to enable the personal and collective power in grassroots communities to influence the broader spheres and formal power structures. DST is a learning/creating experience supported by technology, allowing individuals to create their own short film containing voice, imagery, and music. Until now, the tool has been used by CDS to bring the perspectives of the poor to the global development policy discussions, document and evaluate youth civic engagement interventions, and empower young female leaders to advocate for women’s rights. Please follow this link to see an example of a digital story created within the Participate initiative.

  • 12 - 08 - 2013-Ground Level Panel Worldwide Coverage
  • ·Article in The Guardian newspaperon Participate Project: (tweeted 82)

    ·Blog by Duncan Green of Oxfam International on participate Project

  • 02 - 07 - 2013-Change through Streets, Squares, and Dialogue
  • Read the blog on our research work posted on  the Participate Website

  • 25 - 06 - 2013-Poverty Experts speaking out
  • CDS organized two seminars  presenting the results of the deliberations of a panel of poverty experts from across Egypt on what is needed to end poverty post 2015. This seminar provided the  insights of a diverse group of Egyptian men and women, who experience poverty and marginalization on daily basis, into what needs to change, and how change must happen if it is to be sustainable. This seminar was organized as part of the Participate global research initiative lead by IDS in the UK, providing high quality evidence on the reality of poverty at ground level. Participate connects the unfiltered voices of those most affected by poverty and marginalization with decision-making at national and global levels. It is facilitating four panel meetings in Brazil, India, Uganda and Egypt made up of people who experience poverty, insecurity and exclusion.  They deliberate over the UN High Level Panel’s recommendations for a post-Millennium Development Goals agenda for development and make their own recommendations based on their ‘ground level’ experience. The aim of the is to ensure that the post-2015 global development debates include the perspectives of people who live with poverty and exclusion.
    GLP outputs:

  • 25 - 05 - 2013-New publication: Sea Level Rise in the Nile Delta,
  • CDS recently published the results and learning from it’s latest  research on Sea Level Rise  in a document titled “Sea Level Rise in the Nile Delta: Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation. Case studies and Lessons Learned from Ras el Barr-Gamasa areas”, edited by Prof. Dr. Eng. Ibrahim Abdelmagid Elshinnawy (CORI), Prof. Mohamed A. Abdrabo (IGSR) and Eng Ahmed Farouk (CDS. The research project was undertaken from 2009 – 2012 and studiedin depth the impacts of Sea Level Rise and the vulnerability of coastal people, economic sectors and natural systems in the areas of Ras El Barr, New Damietta City and Gamasa. The research assessed the vulnerability to climate change, particularly to Sea Level Rise, of different stakeholders and economic sectors in the coastal zone, identified and analyzed the feasibility of adaptation options to the impacts of climate change and demonstrated the value of, and build capacity for, multi-stakeholder processes in formulating improved adaptation policies. This publication provides unique insights into the impact of SLR on the delta and of great value as a reference for future researchers and policy makers concerned with SLR in the Nile Delta region. This research study is a  pioneering attempt in Egypt to develop a multi-disciplinary approach to the problems of understanding vulnerabilities and adapting to climate change impacts.

  • 21 - 03 - 2013-6/6 Project for a Better Vision

    A Commercial International Bank (CIB) Foundation documentary was released in March 2013 and the 6/6 project with CDS team, in collaboration with Gozour Foundation, was an essential part of this documentary. Kindly follow the link:

  • 30 - 01 - 2013-Reducing Disability & Early Death through Non-communicable Diseases in the MENA Region
  • The objective of this initiative is to conduct a multi-disciplinary desk review and needs assessment study on existing and required laws in four Arab countries; Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar and Tunisia that contribute to reducing the risk factors that contribute to NCDs, with the ultimate aim of improving public health indicators related to NCDs. The review analyzed the challenges to applying the existing laws and the means to enforce them. The results of this study will be the basis of an evidence-based proposal for a three year program. For this research, the Health Program was supported by a highly qualified research team formed of eight high caliber public health and legal expert researchers. Also, Twenty one public health and legal experts were interviewed and consulted from the four named countries.

    The link to the report:

  • 24 - 01 - 2013-ACTION Project: Study on the Access to Information in Egypt
  • The Egyptian report on fighting corruption through access to information attempts to assess the different degrees of transparency and accountability in Egyptian governmental authorities when it comes to disseminating information to the public. To provide this assessment, the report presents an overview and thorough analysis of the Egyptian legal context in respect to public access to information, followed by an investigation of the Egyptian health sector - one of the Egyptian sectors that faces a high level of corruption and lacks sufficient regulating measures and litigation guaranteeing disclosure of accurate information and statistics to the public. This section offers as well a case study highlighting the shortcomings of the Egyptian health sector. The report also acknowledges that although the lack of public access to information does not inevitably lead to corruption, yet the act of hindering access to information alone is corruptive and overlooks transparency. Finally, the report recommends policies that seek to enhance the process of information disclosure in the Egyptian legal system and institutional structures. 

  • 14 - 01 - 2013-Promoting Knowledge, Positive Attitudes and Services Pertaining to HIV in Egypt and the Arab States
  • Ford Foundation has granted CDS to execute a project that tackles HIV/AIDS issues on regional and national platforms to help eliminate Stigma and discriminatory practices that face PLHIV in Egypt and the Arab world. The project’s aim is to raise the level of awareness concerning health and legal rights in relation to HIV among legal, health and media professionals as well as outreach workers, religious leaders and community activists in the Arab world, in order to enhance the quality of services provided to people living with HIV and key populations at higher risk. Objectives of the project include; enhancing the health services available to the inmate populations in six countries in the Arab world; raising the awareness of media professionals to enable them in spreading accurate messages about HIV to their public in the Arab world and scaling-up of legal services in Egypt with the aim of raising the awareness of legal professionals, outreach workers and physicians of the rights of PLHIV and key populations at risk. The project also creates a supportive environment for people living with HIV and provides learning materials and capacity building activities for outreach workers, religious leaders and physicians. As part of the project, CDS is gladly announcing the launching of “HIV/AIDS in Egypt - professionalism in the provision of health care” module on the British Medical Journal’s main website aimed towards healthcare professionals. 

    The link to the module is:

  • 12 - 12 - 2012-ToT on Simulation Gaming in Ain El Sokhna
  • In Partnership with CRISP NGO, the Center for Development Services (CDS) organized a Training-of-Trainers workshop using Simulation Gaming under Simulating Egyptian Transition Program (SET). The four-day ToT trained 15 trainers from all over Egypt, with the aim of enabling civil society actors to employ the Simulation Gaming method in their training work, as well as fostering the dissemination of the method across Egypt. It presented the diversity of simulation games, discussed their adaptability to the needs on the ground, and started to jointly de­velop one particular simulation game where the trainers took on a role and tried to deal with a specific problem, interactively and through means of role-play. Therefore, simulation gaming can be used as a political laboratory.

  • 04 - 12 - 2012-Capacity Building for Partners NGOs from Gaza Strip
  • The NGO Development Center (NDC) Palestine developed a three-pronged capacity building program for its partner organizations. Accordingly, NDC will provide fifty partner NGOs with tailored technical assistance based on their identified needs and initial development plans. Part of the capacity building program is the provision of specialized training to the Partner NGOs. The capacity building Training implemented by the Center for Development Services (CDS) aimed at enhancing the capacity of NGOs’ personnel working to promote human rights and good governance in Gaza Strip. The training was designed for 10 participants from NDC partner NGOs from Gaza Strip. The NGO capacity building was conducted in two main subject areas, as follows;

    1.       Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation training for Human Rights and Good Governance NGO’s; and

    2.       Fundraising and Proposal writing. 

  • 12 - 11 - 2012-HIV - AIDS Consultation Conference
  • CDS began a partnership with the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in 2011 to collaborate with its Health Law Program in order to improve the rights and legal services provided to people living with HIV. The center also collaborated with IDLO on several regional and interregional meetings, which foster greater understanding of issues surrounding HIV and the law. These meetings include the 2nd regional consultation held in Cairo in April 2011 and the 3rd regional consultation held in February 2012, which were jointly organized by CDS and IDLO, and the inter-regional consultation, which was held in Rome, Italy in July 2011.  CDS has also provided administrative and technical support for the small awards program, which targeted organizations in five Arab countries to support their legal services aimed at people living with HIV or those at risk of infection. The IDLO program is funded by Ford Foundation and OPEC Fund for International Development.

  • 14 - 10 - 2012-Port Said- Participatory Needs Assessment

    TCI Sanmar Chemicals in South Port Said wanted to support the area and its community because it is adjacent to the production plant of Sanmar. Sanmar needs to implement sustainable development projects that both address the need of the community and have a return on Investment to the company. In collaboration with CDS, it will undertake a needs assessment study in El Qabouty area to assess the living conditions and needs of this particular community. In response to TCI Sanmar Chemicals interest to support the development of the El Qabouty community, CDS is proposing to undertake a multi-faceted research approach to assess the needs of the community in the targeted slum area. The proposed needs assessment will be conducted using a participatory research approach called “Participatory Rapid Appraisal” (PRA). 

  • 15 - 09 - 2012-Promoting Smart Choices for Maternal and Child Health
  • 02 - 09 - 2012-GIZ - Participatory Development Program in Raising the Capacity of Youth
  • 16 - 08 - 2012-New CSR Guide
  • 12 - 07 - 2012-Youth Making a Difference
  • 14 - 06 - 2012-Building on the successful HER project
  • 25 - 05 - 2012-Capacity Development of the Ministry of International Cooperation
  • 01 - 05 - 2012-New Program Manager for Health Management and Research
  • 30 - 04 - 2012-Climate Change project comes to a closure
  • 15 - 03 - 2012-Vocational training for women in Menia
  • 29 - 02 - 2012-Value Chain Strategy Development
  • 26 - 01 - 2012-Pirelli supports a Vocational Education and Training project in Al Amiria, Alexandria
  • 10 - 11 - 2011-Local Economic Development in El Azizeya community
  • 31 - 12 - 1969-Enhancing the capacity of Libyan NGOs
  • 31 - 12 - 1969-External Evaluation of IOM’s Projects - International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • The evaluation exercise aimed to assess the effectiveness of both projects; assess their prospects for sustainability; identify and document lessons learnt and best practices.  In addition, the evaluation will serve to capitalize on the impacts of the projects and outline the way forward for joint programming unifying both projects to address migration challenges in Egypt. The evaluation mainly used qualitative data collection tools mainly in-depth individual interviews and focus group discussions (FGDs) with the project management and other relevant stakeholders, mainly governmental counterparts. The Evaluation team made maximum use of triangulation or cross-referencing of data to validate findings, draw overarching lessons and drive value and impact of the two projects. An extensive desk review took place at the beginning of the evaluation assignment to formulate a detailed work plan and the fieldwork plan.

  • 00 - 00 - 0000-EUROMED Youth Phase IV Meeting
  • A stakeholders’ meeting was held at CDS concerning phase IV of EUROMED Youth Program aiming to bring NGOs and youth from the Euro-Mediterranean region together in an environment of tolerance and mutual understanding by assisting them in network and capacity building, increasing their participation and exchanging good practice. The meeting agenda considered the EMY Unit objectives that target to stimulate and encourage mutual understanding between young people within Euro-Mediterranean region and fight against stereotype and prejudice through supporting intercultural understanding, democracy, respect, active citizenship and solidarity. This will promote youth policy as an integrate and cross-sectoral element of overall policy development.