Measures aimed at social transformation
The Goethe-Institut has been supporting projects like these since 2011, with special funds from Germany's Federal Foreign Office provided as part of the Transformation Partnership with Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco and other countries in the Arab world.
Another example is the 2017 pilot project "Writing about Science". The aim of this project was to strengthen science journalism in Egypt and encourage better relations between science and journalism. Scientific subjects are frequently under-represented in the Egyptian media, and the spread of "fake news" – sometimes politically motivated – is a frequent problem. As part of the Transformation Partnership, the Goethe-Institut has already carried out over 40 projects like this in the fields of culture and education.
All the project countries involved in the Transformation Partnership are in turmoil and face extraordinary challenges. Although local activists continue to work for socio-political change, the calls for more democracy and social participation that were expressed in the Arab spring remain largely unanswered. For this reason, the strengthening of civil society remains a priority. One area of emphasis in this respect is on projects that focus on women and gender.