The NGO’S Award of excellence was a true success and step towards a more sustainable Egypt
The names of the NGOs Award of Excellence 2016 winners have been finally announced. PDF celebrated the first-ever Award Ceremony at the Marriot Hotel in Zamalek, with honorary attendance of H.E. the Minister of Social Solidarity, Dr. Ghada Waly and Mr. Moataz El Alfy, Founding Chairman of PDF. In an atmosphere filled with festivity, passion and positivity, the attendees cheered to the Women’s Association is Kafr El Sheikh landing third place, Masr Bokra development association coming in second place, and Man Ahyaha for Social Services securing first place in the competition.
During the ceremony, appreciation was also announced to the runner-up candidates receiving non-monetary prizes and they were: Egyptian Leaders Association for Development, Community Development Association in Atwan, And the Community Development Association for child care and Special Needs, School Grads Association for Integrated Civil Development, Egyptian Association for Human Development, Universe Association for Integrated Development, and Rasayel Adam Association. In addition, Dr. Talaat Abdel Kawy, President of NGO Federation, Mr. Sayed Turki, National Coordinator of ILO, and Khalid Sultan, Dr. Essam Aladawy, Minister of Social Solidarity Advisor, and Dr. Huda Badran, President of Egyptian Women Federation, were all honored during the ceremony in appreciation of their roles and efforts in society.
During her speech, Dr. Waly praised the concept originated and organized by PDF for an annual award for outstanding civil society organizations. She went on to reinforce the notable dedication of PDF to annually support, invest and put together a yearly platform that will benchmark quality civil society work and promote a competitive spirit in community development in Egypt. The idea comes at a time when it’s most needed, to foster professionalism, dedication and credibility. In the long term, this will create a more positive outlook towards the civil society within the Egyptian community as a whole.
In his word, Moataz El-Alfy, the founder of PDF, said that the foundation has been working for long years on providing effective training programs across various fields to graduates and interns. It started off with habilitation programs for fresh grads, to prepare them for work life. Throughout its lifespan, PDF has administered training programs to more than 7000 teachers in over 250 NGO in Egypt. To date, more than 250 million Egyptian Pounds have been invested, pointing out that Egypt is one of the oldest nations working in the field of community services. With more than 30000 registered associations in Egypt, only a few thousand of them provide on ground fieldwork and effective efforts towards more sustainable development in Egypt.
The NGOs Award of Excellence is the first of its kind in Egypt. Aimed at recognizing the civil work sector, it supports outstanding community associations which work towards sound human and community development. The Award also helps in creating an interactive environment, whereby the exchange of experiences, initiatives and solutions will further contribute to the overcoming of community challenges faced by civil society and shift the spotlight to sustainable and successful examples of community development management solutions.