Storm over Foreign Funding Continues in Egypt

Author
Kinga Brudzinska
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
The Polish Institute of International Affairs
Abstract
Similar to the situation before the Arab Awakening, state control of civil associations in Egypt remains intact. Correspondingly, foreign funding for NGOs is still a controversial, selective and sensitive topic. Despite the objections of civil society and the international community, a new draft law on NGOs presented in September 2013 will most likely maintain the idea of state oversight of civil society organisations. The European Union, and Poland itself, should constantly monitor the status of the new draft law and actively encourage the authorities to comply with international standards. Despite difficulties with delivering the aid, the EU should stick to its values while supporting Egypt's transition and continue to provide aid to local NGOs.
Topic
Civil Society, Non-Governmental Organization, Law
Political Geography
Europe, North Africa, Egypt