Dear friends and partners,We are pleased to launch SFSD Annual Report 2018 that presents in detail our achievements that have been able to touch and transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of Egyptian people, with a focus on children, youth, women, and people with disabilities. The year 2018, in particular, witnessed significant and decisive changes in the history of the Foundation. The Board of Trustees approved a new strategy for the years 2019-2021, aiming to further develop SFSD’s institutional performance in order to achieve greater impact for the communities that we serve. Our new strategy continues our focus on supporting economic and social empowerment programs, contributing to poverty alleviation and working hard to provide decent livelihoods to the most impoverished and marginalized groups, in all the governorates with a focus on Upper Egypt. To Eexplore or download the full Annual Report, please click HERE.


Improve Youth Access to the Labor Market by Strengthening the Technical and Vocational Higher Education Training

Sawiris Foundation for Social Development (SFSD) is hiring a consultant to conduct a final performance evaluation of the Seeds of Hope Egypt: Improve Youth Access to the Labor Market by Strengthening the Technical and Vocational Higher Education Training. The evaluation will examine (1) the extent to which the project activities’ results have been achieved as described in the project proposal document, and (2) design aspects that could be incorporated in future TVET programs funded by SFSD. The final evaluation will target the activities took place during the period May 2017 to December 2019. For more information,CLICK HERE.

Applications Deadline: Thursday 29 August, 2019


Sawiris Cultural Award 2019 - EDITION 15

Sawiris Foundation for Social Development is pleased to announce its call for applications for the 15th edition of Sawiris Cultural Award for the best novel, short stories, screenplay, play-writing and literary critique.

Applications Deadline: Thursday 29 August, 2019

Sawiris Arts and Culture Scholarship (SACS)

A long awaited opportunity for future artists seeking quality education abroad to enrich their talents in the vast field of the arts and culture. The Sawiris Arts & Culture Scholarship program targets highly motivated, talented and socially engaged applicants, who are aware of the important role art plays in a flourishing and developing society. It aims at fostering these talents until they themselves are effective artists in the scene, who in return enrich their country and society with their acquired knowledge in their designated fields.

Call for Application! The German Hotel School in Gouna Scholarship

This scholarship program is designed for the students from Upper Egypt and the border governorates. The period of study (theoretical and practical) is 3 years to be followed by intensive practical training in top hotels in the country. The academic curriculum is delivered in German language, with the aim of helping students develop their linguistic abilities to function effectively in various positions within the field..

Call for Applications! Yousriya Loza-Sawiris Scholarship 2018- 2019

The Yousriya Loza-Sawiris Scholarship is a fully-funded program for students seeking to earn a Master’s Degree in Development Practice (MDP) from the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, USA.

ENID Initiative Extended for 5 Years (2017-2021)

The project extension was signed by H.E. Dr. Sahar Nasr, Minister of International Cooperation, H.E. Ambassador Said Hindam, Assistant Foreign Minister of International Cooperation for Development and Mr. Mostafa Benlamlih, UNDP Resident Representative. The signing was attended by SFSD’s donating partners including; Eng. Nour Selim, Executive Director of Sawiris Foundation...

The Employment Forum of the1st. Batch of the Trainees of "Egyptian Women - Pioneers for the Future" Project

The event brought together representatives of 6 French partner companies including Total, L'Oreal, Saint-Gobain, Credit Agricole Bank, Orange, and Accor Hotels, who conducted face-to-face interviews with the graduate trainees, and provided 34 successful candidates with job opportunities...

The Opening of the Bedouin Village in Taba

SFSD, in collaboration with Orascom Development Holding, celebrated the inauguration of the Bedouin village in Taba, on Saturday October 29th, in the presence of Mr. Khaled Fouda, the governor of South Sinai, Dr. Manal Hussein, Chairwoman of Orascom Hotels and Development. The event also attended by the beneficiaries of the projects from the Bedouin tribes and their leaders...

SFSD Workshop Series on “Impact Evaluation” in Collaboration with J-PAL

In the context of developing and enhancing its role in the field of sustainable development, SFSD held a series of workshop on Impact Evaluation of the winning projects of Sawiris Job Creation Competition that aim to create 20,000 jobs in 8 governorates in Upper Egypt. The workshops aim to build the capacity of the implementing NGO, and provide them with the required training on the most effective mechanisms and tools for projects monitoring....

SFSD Participates in “Investing in The Future” Conference, Sharjah, UAE

SFSD Executive Director, Eng. Noura Selim, participated in the regional conference: “Investing in The Future: Building the Resilience of Women and Girls in the Arab Region” at the plenary session “Strategic Partnerships for Economic Development”...

Welcome Day for New Students in TU Berlin - Campus El Gouna, for the Academic year 2016 / 2017

The goals of the Student Welcome Day was to introduce to the new students the academic resources and opportunities to support their academic endeavors, engage them with campus and university history and connect the newcomers with the campus-wide resources, facilities and services....

SFSD Participates in netFWD Meeting “Catalytic Philanthropy in Africa Harnessing Foundations' Potential to Achieve the SDG’s”

Eng. Noura Selim, the Executive Director of Sawiris Foundation, shared Sawiris Foundation’s experience in North Africa and discussed how the political dynamics in North Africa have impacted the philanthropic sector and the Sawiris Foundation in particular, and how foundations can maximize their impact in this context...

DAAD–SFSD Scholarships Winners for the Academic year 2016/2017

The annual award ceremony for the SFSD – DAAD Scholarship program was held at DAAD premises, on June 15th, 2016. At this year’s ceremony, 5 graduates of the German Schools in Egypt were awarded with grants to obtain their Bachelors and Masters Degrees from top German universities..

Winners of the 2016 Sawiris Job Creation Competition Announced!

Funding of up to EGP 48 Million goes to 41 selected NGOs, from a pool of over 300 NGOs, to create 20,000 sustainable jobs for the people of Upper Egypt, with a special focus on youth, women head of household, and people with disabilities.

New Strategic Partnership Between SFSD, the French Embassy in Egypt and the UN- Women Arab States to Empower Egyptian Women

Within the context of French president, Mr. François Holland's, visit to Egypt, a new strategic partnership agreement was signed between Sawiris Foundation for Social Development; the French Embassy in Egypt and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, to launch the new project “Egyptian Women: Pioneers of the Future".

Yousriya-Loza Sawiris Scholarship Winners for the Academic Year 2016/2017

SFSD is pleased to announce the first recipients of the Yousriya – Loza Sawiris Scholarship for the academic year 2016/2017”: El Mohanad Aly Mohamed ElSayad & Mohamed Fouad Abdel Ghany Ibrahim.

SFSD Shortlists 45 NGOs from Over 300 Proposals in the Sawiris Job Creation Competition: Empowering Upper Egyptians

As part of the 5th Edition of Sawiris Job Creation Competition, SFSD organized a training workshop, "Towards effective partnerships to Address Youth Unemployment", in Assiut Governorate, on 14 February. The workshop was attended by representatives from the 45 NGOs that have passed the 1st stage of the evaluation process according to the Competition rules and criteria.

SFSD Participates in the ENID 3rd Annual Conference in Luxor

SFSD participated in the 3rd annual conference of The Egypt Network for Integrated Development (ENID) that took place on Saturday, 13 February 2016, in Luxor, under the theme of “The Role of Women in Sustainable Rural Development”.

TU Berlin Campus El Gouna Celebrates the Graduation of the 2nd Cohort of M.Sc. Students

TU Berlin Campus El Gouna celebrated the second graduating class of its master’s program in Energy Engineering, Urban Development, and Water Engineering. The graduation ceremony took place on February 5th and 6th, 2016.

SFSD Signs a 20 Million EGP Cooperation Protocol with the National French University in Egypt

A new cooperation protocol was signed on Wednesday, 14 January 2016, by Eng. Naguib Sawiris, CEO of Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding and Prof. Dr. Hassan Nadir Kheirallah, President of the French University, in the presence of H.E. Mr. André Parant, the French Ambassador to Egypt, and members of the board of Trustees of the French University.

The 2015 Sawiris Cultural Award Winners Announced

The Sawiris Foundation for Social Development announced the winners of the 11th edition of Sawiris Cultural Award, which is dedicated to honor Egypt's late writer and novelist Gamal El-Ghitani. The winners were announced in a ceremony held, 12 January 2016, at the Cairo Opera House, in the presence of the Minister of Culture, Mr. Helmy Namnam

Call for Application for 2016 Sawiris Job Creation Competition - Empowering Upper Egyptians!

SFSD is pleased to invite the NGOs to submit their proposal for the 5th Edition of the “Sawiris Job Creation Competition”. The main objective of this call is to create 20,000 sustainable jobs for the people of Upper Egypt governorates including: Fayoum, Beni Suef, Minya, Assiut, Sohag, Qena, Luxor and Aswan.

Creating 1200 Job Opportunities for the Youth and People of Gheet Al Enab, Alexandria

In pursuit of its mission to contribute to Egypt’s development, and to support initiatives that encourage job creation, SFSD in cooperation with Alexandria Governorate, launched "Sawiris Initiative to create Jobs for the Youth and People of Gheit El-Enab", in September 2015.

10th Anniversary Celebration of the SFSD – DAAD Scholarship Program

SFSD celebrated 10 years of fruitful cooperation, with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), in the scholarship programme for graduates from the German Schools in Egypt.

Onsi Sawiris Scholarship Winners for the Academic Year 2015/2016

SFSD is pleased to announce the Onsi Sawiris Scholarship recipients for the academic year 2015/2016.

SFSD Grants EGP 20 Million to support Education in the National French University

Sawiris foundation for social development (SFSD) initiates a new fund of EGP 20 million, to support the French University in Egypt after its conversion from private into national status.

SFSD Launches a New Partnership with Wadi Degla Holding to Create 2500 Jobs in the Most Needy Areas 

3 of 5 development projects worth EGP 5 Million, equally funded by Sawiris Foundation for Social Development and Wadi Degla Holding Co, are currently under way and set for completion in 2016, in Cairo and Upper Egypt governorates, while the other 2 will be implemented in Marsa Matrouh (Siwa) and Sohag.

SFSD & LRC celebrate the Masters graduates in Special and Inclusive Education 2015

Sawiris Foundation for Social Development (SFSD), in collaboration with the Learning Resource Center (LRC) and the University College London, celebrated the graduates who have successfully obtained their Masters Degrees in Special and Inclusive Education.

DAAD–SFSD Scholarships Winners for the Academic year 2015/2016

The annual award ceremony for the SFSD – DAAD Scholarship program was held at DAAD premises, on June 9, 2015. At this year’s ceremony, 7 graduates of the German Schools in Egypt were awarded with grants to obtain their Bachelors and Masters.

Improving Life Prospects for Vulnerable Street Children

In its efforts to empower and protect homeless and at risk children, Sawiris Foundation for Social Development (SFSD) allocated more than EGP 2.5 million in a grant over a year (2015-2016) to Banat El Ghad Foundation (Banati).