The Danish Egyptian Dialogue Initiative (DEDI)
DEDI was established as the Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute in 2004. The core task of the Institute was to promote social, and cultural understanding between Denmark and Egypt and Europe and the Arab World, with dialogue as the main tool. Since its inauguration, the Institute has been an important actor in enhancing dialogue, understanding, and relations between Denmark and Egypt.
DEDI’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.
In March 2019 it was agreed by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Egypt and Denmark and the Board of Directors to strengthen the intergovernmental status of DEDI and its ability to diversify its activities by making the Institute a program under the Agreement of Cultural, Educational and Scientific Cooperation between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Kingdom of Denmark, signed on October 29th, 1972. Taking the provisions of this Agreement into consideration it was also agreed to adjust the name to The Danish Egyptian Dialogue Initiative (DEDI) and that the main focus of the work of the Initiative should be on strengthening Danish – Egyptian relations.
The Initiative will continue to be funded by the Danish Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP) and its work is part of DAPP’s overall strategic program for the period 2017-2021; DEDI’s present strategy which entered into force June 2017 will remain the main frame of reference.
Central to the uniqueness of the Initiative is its intergovernmental framework. The Initiative is chaired by a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman, who are the representatives from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Danish Ambassador to Egypt on two-years rotational basis. The work is overseen by an Advisory Team consisting of three Danes and three Egyptians (including the Chairperson and the Vice-Chairperson) appointed by the Danish and Egyptian Ministries of Foreign Affairs.
The Initiative will build on the Institute’s work with a diverse portfolio of projects in three priority areas: civic engagement, arts and culture, and media. As part of its work the Initiative aims to engage a wide and continuously expanding group of partners representing governmental, private sector and civil society institutions in accordance with its Principles of Engagement; fully utilizing DEDI’s comparative advantages in 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 competent knowledge and insight into the priority areas secures the quality of the work of the Initiative and its ability to continuously cope with the changing circumstances under which the Initiative is working. This also allows for continuous follow-up on projects, in order to ensure sustainability and include lessons learned from the wide range of activities.
DEDI Strategy 2017 - 2022
DEDI Strategy 2014 - 2016
DEDI Strategy 2011 - 2013
The Initiative has a combined Danish and Egyptian Executive Advisory Board. The Advisory Board adopts its rules of procedure from within the framework established by DANIDA. The Advisory Board Members 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 Advisory 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
Mr. H.E. Ambassador Hatem Seifelnasr:Former Assistant Foreign Minister