The Danish-Egyptian Dialogue Initiative (DEDI) was established in Cairo in 2004 as an inter-governmental body. The overall aim is to foster knowledge and mutual understanding of society and culture among Egyptians and Danish people. Our approach is dialogue and partnerships. By doing so, DEDI contributes to the strengthening of the Danish-Egyptian relations and increased cooperation between the two countries.
Activities are carried out in the field of culture, media and civic participation and we have a special focus on youth and women. Throughout the years, DEDI has been engaging a continuously expanding number of partners from both the public and private sector as well as civil society.
The chairmanship of DEDI rotates every second year between two representatives of the Egyptian and the Danish Ministries of Foreign Affairs. The unique organization of DEDI as an inter-governmental body is set up within the framework of the Agreement of Cultural, Educational and Scientific Cooperation between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Kingdom of Denmark, signed in 1972.
Since its inauguration, DEDI has been an important actor enhancing dialogue, understanding and relations between Denmark and Egypt. Being located in Cairo and attracting highly qualified staff, DEDI has become a center point for Danes and Egyptians wanting to create new projects and initiate ways of collaboration.
DEDI’s continuous emphasis on its core mandate and values of partnerships and dialogue, has secured its position, trustworthiness and standing among governmental and private partner organizations in Egypt and the Arab World.
Originally, DEDI was established as the Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute in 2004, its core task being to promote social and cultural understanding between Denmark and Egypt and Europe and the Arab World, with dialogue as the main tool. The present statutes, mandate and name was agreed upon by the Danish and the Egyptian Governments in 2019.
DEDI is funded by the Danish Arab Partnership Program (DAPP) of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its present work is part of DAPP’s program for the period 2017-2021.
DEDI is bound to follow DANIDA Guidelines with due respect of the Egyptian laws.
H.E. Ambassador Svend Olling, representative of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Danish Ambassador to Egypt.
H.E. Ambassador Hatem Seif El Nasr, representative of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, former Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs.
H.E. Ambassador Nabil Riad Habashy, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Denmark
Mr. Christian Have, Owner of HAVE A/S
Mr. Finn Mortensen, Executive Director, State of Green
Dr. Gamal Abdel Gawad Soltan, researcher at Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies (ACPSS).
The Chairman and Vice-Chairman decide on the Initiative’s annual work plan and activities. The advisors monitor the Initiative’s activities, approve its annual work plan, its strategy and budget and submit to the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman for final adoption.
The chairmanship rotates every second year between the two representatives of the Egyptian and the Danish Ministries of Foreign Affairs.
The Advisors are appointed by the Danish and the Egyptian Foreign Ministries. They have a reputable background and intellectual standing, and are known for their interest in promoting dialogue and cooperation between Denmark and Egypt.
This year, DEDI is carrying out projects within three focus areas: Civic Participation, Culture and Media, as well as partnering with the Danish Youth Council to implement the Ambassadors for Dialogue Project.
Our Civic Participation projects address issues concerning sustainability and gender equality.
DEDI is organizing Women Take the Lead for the second time after the success of the program in 2021. This year twenty new women leaders from Denmark and Egypt are set to join the network. During workshops in Cairo and Copenhagen, they will visit each other’s workplaces and have amble opportunity to exchange their personal experiences of professional leadership. The workshops are planned to take place in August and November.
Sustainability is a dominant theme at DEDI this year; this is manifesting in DEDI Green Gate, taking place for the second time, bringing together twenty four green entrepreneurs from Egypt and Denmark to explore the reshaping of the fashion industry and exchange knowledge and experiences of reducing the CO2 footprints. Exchange workshops in Denmark and Egypt including relevant field visits will take place in August and October respectively.
Likewise, DEDI is supporting exchange-field trips between Assiut University and Gladsaxe High School focusing on the history of climate change in the Sustainability in Agriculture program in both Denmark and Egypt in April.
The DEDI Club program also has a number of events related to this topic, among them are screenings of documentaries about climate change and game nights where SDG board games are on the table. While some DEDI Club events are open to the public, others only gather our alumni.
The theme of sustainability has also made its way into the media program.
DEDI is organizing a workshop for Egyptian and Danish young climate journalists around the topic of climate journalism. On the agenda for the media program are also a series of photojournalism workshops, given by teachers from the world famous department of photojournalism at the Danish Media School (DMJX). Ten Egyptian photographers have been selected to participate.
When it comes to the culture program, DEDI is focusing on visual art, music, film and design.
The year is kicking off with supporting 13 Egyptian filmmakers and cinema industry professionals from Egypt to take part in the CPH:DOX 2022, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious documentary festivals. A DEDI supported documentary, Light upon Light, has been selected to premiere at the festival. DEDI is also supporting 15 students to participate in the DOX:Academy online as well as supporting them with mentoring on how to make the most of the festival.
2022 is also seeing the second part of the DEDI Art Symposium which will take place in Copenhagen and Hanstholm. The group of four Danish and four Egyptian artists spent two weeks together in Cairo and Aswan in 2021.
Since 2020 Egyptian composer and musician, Maurice Louca, and Danish composer and musician, Lars Greve, have been partnering to produce pieces together. After performing at the Gong Festival in Denmark, in October 2022, Lars Greve will come join Maurice Louca in Cairo for another residency and performance.
Finally, in DEDI’s flagship project, the annual furniture exhibition will take place at the end of the year bringing together Egyptian designers and students from the Royal Danish Academy. They will have prototypes of their designs manufactured by Egyptian craftsmen at Pinocchio’s Furniture factory in Damietta. But first, in May, the designs produced in 2021 will be exhibited at Trapholt Museum in Denmark. They were exhibited at the National Egyptian Museum of Civilization last year.
DEDI also continues its partnership as an implementing partner of Ambassadors for Dialogue in Egypt since 2017, a project by the Danish Youth Council.
The target group of DEDIs projects is youth (18-35 years old). We aim for an adequate representation of gender and religious backgrounds. Our projects are selected and designed as partnership projects with dialogue being at the core.
To learn more about our projects, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call + 2010 90152 228.
DEDI’s Strategy 2017-2021
DEDI is funded by Danish Arab Partnership Program (DAPP) of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its present work is part of DAPP’s program for the period 2017-2021.
The Annual Work Plans of DEDI are developed according to The Strategic Framework 2017-2022 approved by the Egyptian and Danish Ministries of Foreign Affairs.
Culture & Media Program
Civic Participation Program
Agnete Flyger Hansen
Elisabeth Vang Jørgensen
Finance & Administration
Ambassadors for Dialogue
Mostafa Abdel Karim
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