Cairo University - Institute of African Research and Studies
Project members: Dr. Iraqi El- Sherbini, Dr. Adel Saleh, Rehab Mohamed, Dr. Mohamed Ashour
About: Cairo University is one of the oldest universities in Egypt, after the millennium-old Al-Azhar University. Established in 1908, Cairo University has about a quarter a million students studying in 45 faculties and institutes that cover all specialisations in natural, applied, and social sciences and humanities. The Institute of African Research and Studies (IARS) that is primarily involved in the project's implementation, is one of the oldest units in Cairo University. It was established in 1947 as a unit of Sudanese Studies, then, in 1955, became an institute concerned with studying all aspects of the African continent. The Institute currently consists of six departments of geography, history, anthropology, natural resources, African languages, and politics and economics. Each of these units grants three degrees: postgraduate diploma, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy.
CU - IARS is well-known for its comprehensive and wide focusing research on Africa, it undertakes research on deferent dimensions of African development. The Department of Politics has gained valuable expertise in the field of political system analysis and the study of political evolution in Africa. With the establishment of the African Regional Integration Support Project, more emphasis has furthermore been given to the study of regional and continental supranational setting and the evolution of African integration process.
Activities in the project: CU-IARS's main tasks will consist in contributing to the assessment of current effective involvement of CSOs in sustainable energy agenda setting in Africa and the preparation of recommendations and best practices. Moreover, CU-IARS will be responsible for the organisation of a regionally based event aiming at introducing the elaborated "CSO Involvement Net" to a broader public in the Northern African region.