The Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI) is an intergovernmental body funded by the Danish Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP).
DEDI was established in 2004 and the core task of the Institute is to promote political, social, and cultural understanding between Denmark and Egypt and Europe and the Arab World, with dialogue as the main tool.
DEDI is part of DAPP’s overall strategic program for the period 2017-2021, and the Institute’s strategy covering this period will be in effect from June 2017.
Central to the uniqueness of the Institute is its intergovernmental framework: the work of the Institute being overseen by a Board of Directors consisting of three Danes and three Egyptians appointed by the Danish and Egyptian Ministries of Foreign Affairs. The Chairmanship rotates between the two sides every second year, chairpersons being representatives of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Danish Ministry, represented by the Danish Ambassador to Egypt.
Since its inauguration, the Institute has constituted an important actor in enhancing dialogue, understanding, and relationships between Denmark and Egypt.
The Institute’s continuous emphasis on its core mandate and values, first of all, partnerships and dialogue, has secured its position, trustworthiness and standing among governmental and private partner organizations in Egypt and the Arab World, and among partners under the Danish Arab Partnership Program (DAPP).
With its diverse portfolio of projects within its three priority areas: civic engagement, arts and culture, and media; it works towards engaging a wide and continuously expanding group of partners representing governmental and civil society institutions in accordance with its Principles of engagement.
DEDI’s comparative advantages lies in its dialogue competence and its intergovernmental status, which allows for a broad scope of governmental and civil society partnerships to be brought together
Being located in Cairo with a staff that has a detailed knowledge and insights into the different priority areas secures the quality of the work of the Institute and its ability to continuously adjust to the changing circumstances under which the Institute is working. This also secures the possibility of a continuous follow-up on projects and initiatives, in an effort to support sustainability and include lessons learned from the wide range of engagements.
DEDI Strategy 2017 - 2022
DEDI Strategy 2014 - 2016
DEDI Strategy 2011 - 2013
The Institute has a combined Danish and Egyptian Executive Board. The Board adopts its rules of procedure from within the framework established by DANIDA. The Board consists of three Egyptians and three Danes of reputable background and intellectual standing, known for their interest in promoting dialogue and communication between Europe and the Arab World.
The chairmanship rotates every second year between an Egyptian and a Danish member of the Board.
The Board currently consists of:
H.E. Ambassador Raouf Saad: Chairman of the National Bureau of Egypt-EU Association Agreement.
H.E. Ambassador Tomas Anker Christensen: Danish Ambassador to Egypt.
Dr. Gamal Abdel Gawad: Expert in Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies (ACPSS).
Ms. Charlotte Flindt Pedersen: Director, The Danish Foreign Policy Society.
Ms. Henriette Søltoft: Director/CEO, Confederation of Danish Industry/DI Federation of Danish Professional Service Firms