In our actual offices (and with real tea and coffee) we had meetings with political parties including the Freedom and Justice Party, the Al-Nour Party, Al-Wafd and the Egyptian Social Democratic Party.
Over the past year, we also met with representatives of civil society, academia, youth and some private sector people across a wide range of meetings and presentations. I’m going to list these so we have an open picture of who we’ve been listening to. But before I do that, I want to urge you again to participate. Through our blog and MENA Facebook Page we can reach so many more voices than we could ever crowd into our offices – especially young voices and quick-typing fingers which never stop on their mobile devices. We are doing this in Arabic and English. Take a look if you haven’t already at the outline of a strategy document that will guide our engagement with Egypt over the short-term (18 months) because we want your views about it, particularly:
We’ve had long and exciting conversations about this strategy face to face with CSOs involved in education, health, transport, energy, economic management, social protection, labor, and all of them concerned with social justice and equality of opportunity. And we need wider conversations than we can organize physically so please meet us here virtually.
As promised, here’s what we’ve done so far, in addition to meeting the political parties listed above. A quick roundup of face-to-face meetings include:
I’m going to share some of the observations from our face-to-face strategy consultations in my next blog. We’ve been discussing education, health, energy, transport, economics and so forth and with CSOs, politicians and current officials. But we’d like to hear more from the virtual cafe. What matters in Egypt today is that what YOU THINK matters. Tell us. The World Bank certainly does not have a huge role in Egypt but we have some good knowledge from all over the world and we know how to make some things work better and more accountably. Let us hear from you.