PhD in Public Administration in Social Capital formation, and MA in Governance and Development. He works as a head of Media and Communication Sector in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. He writes extensively on the issues of citizenship, democracy and development, published a number of books and studies in this area, and a regular columnist in number of newspapers including Al Ahram and Shrouk. He has rich experience in civil society as a program manager, evaluator and professional trainer.
The Empowerment of Citizens: Development and Citizenship in the Middle East
The main objective is to underline the perception of citizenship in the Middle East in its holistic meaning, the historical background, the current problematics and the chances. In addition, the course seeks to discuss the possibilities of enhancing the concept of citizenship in various spheres, including development approaches. The course tackles three major themes: first; the meaning and history of citizenship in the Middle East, the differences between the ME countries, and the various forms of citizenship. Second, the current problematics and challenges facing citizenship, taking into account the recent developments across the MENA region. Third, different approaches to empower citizens, with specific concern to development as an umbrella of various forms of engagement, participation, and bridging social capital.