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Governance Dictionary

The Hanns Seidel Foundation, in cooperation with the National Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (NIGSD), published the Governance Dictionary. 

This dictionary was published in collaboration with the National Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development with the aim of spreading awareness on the principles of governance, as well as the correct definition of related terminologies. The dictionary consists of 3 languages; Arabic, English & French, so it can be used by all African countries.

SDGs for Children Booklets


The SDGs Booklets are a set of 17 booklets, each of them discusses one of the goals of Sustainable Development in a children friendly manner with the aim of raising the awareness of the children on these goals, and how to achieve them.

The booklets are written in the form of short stories with two main characters “Omneia”, and “Salah”. Then, an action plan is stated to allow children to apply what they learned through the story in a practical way, and on a small scope. Finally, the last page of each booklet is dedicated to scientifically explain the sustainable development goal that the booklet tackles in order to introduce the children to the scientific information about each goal of sustainable development.

Decentralization in the Egyptian case: Policy Papers

Within the framework of our belief that decentralization is an important tool for achieving an effective local administration that responds to the needs of society and allows citizens’ participation in local decision-making, the Hans Seidel Foundation cooperated with the Takamol Foundation for Development Sustainability towards issuing 3 policy papers on decentralization, in order to present them to the concerned Egyptian authorities to review the mechanisms that are in line with the constitutional and legal framework for the local administration system in Egypt as a contribution to administrative reform efforts.

These papers come as a continuation of a series of activities held by the Hanns Seidel Foundation in the various Egyptian governorates over the years within the framework of an integrated program to raise societal awareness about the concept and applications of decentralization to achieve inclusive and sustainable development.

Etiquette of dealing with people with disabilities Booklet

In the interest of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities to spread the culture of the rights of persons with disabilities and to preserve their dignity, the Council is pleased to issue this booklet "Etiquette for Dealing with Persons with Disabilities", which aims to provide information on the basic considerations of etiquette for dealing with persons with disabilities, which can contribute to increasing Awareness among citizens and workers in various fields, such as education, media, work, health, and others, of the importance of respecting a person with a disability as a human being, regardless of his disability.

In this regard, the National Council for Persons with Disabilities would like to thank the German Hanns Seidel Foundation in Egypt for its great cooperation in issuing this booklet.


The lives of persons with disabilities are linked to societal culture, which constitutes a fundamental pillar in dealing with their issues. The prevailing societal and cultural view from the last century that they are unable and cannot live and work independently is a major reason for their marginalization and the decline of their human rights compared to other citizens in many societies.

With the growth of movements of human rights organizations, the United Nations issued at the end of 2006 the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and confirmed that disability is due to the barriers and challenges facing individuals with disabilities within society, and is not only any form of physical, sensory, mental or psychological deficiency.

The negative perspective towards people with disabilities needs effective steps to change it by activating the law to create the environment and provide different means of access for them, and spread awareness of the way to deal with them, which helps to establish the concept of respect for difference and the human entity first.

Awareness of the basics of etiquette for dealing with persons with disabilities, which means respectful communication and interaction with them, makes them feel more comfortable when dealing with others, and can help prevent embarrassing situations, and can also lead to expanding opportunities for integration and work in addition to helping institutions to perform their roles towards Persons with disabilities who work with or deal with it more effectively.

Decentralization and local administration in Egypt and Germany

This book presents both the Egyptian and German experiences in local administration with a specific focus on decentralization. The German model which presents a stable national status with unified policies on one hand and a decentralized system with strong regional and local capacities on the other is presented as an inspiration for the ongoing administrative reform process in Egypt.
The German and Egyptian experiences are described by the authors of this book, Dr. Saleh El-Sheikh and Dr. Andreas Kalina, both exquisite experts on the topic with long national and international experience, who participated together in a workshop organized in Egypt in May 2015 by the Hanns Seidel Foundation in cooperation with its Egyptian partner the State Information Service on the same topic.
The book includes eight chapters shared by Dr. Saleh El-Sheikh and Dr. Andreas Kalina and is concluded with a short contribution by the Project Coordinator of the Hanns Seidel Foundation about the Foundation’s decentralization program implemented with the Nile Centers over the past years.

The chapters covered by Dr. El-Sheikh start with an introduction on decentralization from theory to practice then proceed to local democratic systems covering the political and legal context of the Egyptian local system. Dr. El-Sheikh also presented requirements for the reform of the local system through decentralization as well as a review of the Egyptian experience in civic education.

Dr. Kalina wrote an introduction to the process of transformation into decentralization followed by a review of the federal system and local governance in Germany as well as the municipal administration and modernization trends.

The valuable contribution of both authors was concluded with recommendations and an overview of lessons learned from the German experience.

Guidelines for Participatory Development Concepts and An Executive Framework: Local Initiatives as a Model

Within the cooperation project with the State Information Service (SIS) titled “Nile Centers for Information, Education & Training: An Instrument for Sustainable Development in Egypt” the Foundation implemented a comprehensive program throughout several years to support local development initiatives in the various governorates of Egypt. In cooperation with its partner, the SIS/Nile Centers it organized workshops and training series on planning, implementing and evaluating participatory development initiatives for the Nile Centers’ staff and their local partners from the civic society and local administration.

Hanns Seidel Foundation together with the State Information Service agreed to publish this book in cooperation with experts from Takamol Foundation for Sustainable Development, based on their long national and international experience on participatory development.

This book is a manual presenting guidelines for participatory development within its 3 chapters, which include a theoretical background on the participatory development approach covering Egyptian policies and laws, then it presents an executive framework and practical methods for participatory development, focusing on local initiatives as a tool and finally concluded with a chapter describing local initiatives with practical steps as implementing guidelines giving examples of local initiatives implemented by the Nile Centers. It is published as a reference manual for those working on local initiatives with the hope that it would contribute to the achievement of real participation in the sustainable development process in Egypt.