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About the Center for Sustainable Development

The Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) was established in 2012 to help Egypt face the challenges of sustainability. It links and integrates different parties as part of an ambitious and comprehensive movement for sustainable development. The work of the CSD is facilitated by a wide network of partners, students, supporters and enablers that are national and international actors, and represent a wide range of sectors including universities, NGOs, private companies and public authorities.

The CSD is unique in its integration of all the AUC schools and research bodies to develop innovative, creative and achievable green solutions for the challenges facing the sustainable development of Egypt and the region. The interconnected nature of the "sustainability challenge" is at the heart of the CSD’s work. The CSD is driven by the urge to better understand, communicate and solve the complex problems associated with the developmental process in Egypt and the wider region.

Although Egypt’s economy was progressing after 2005, millions of Egyptians did not feel any improvement in their lives. They rather felt that the poor were getting poorer, the rich were hoarding more money and the middle class was disappearing from the society. This situation pushed many Egyptians to participate in the revolution of January 25, 2011. They were looking for a better life, freedom and equality. This popular uprising was further proof that development that, at its core, focuses solely on economic progress and neglects people and the environment cannot be sustainable. This type of development has increased water, air and soil pollution, caused numerous health problems, led to widening income and wealth gaps, and endangered our resources, as does the careless disposal of waste water and trash.

Egyptians have been suffering for decades from unsustainable development practices that, in an effort to improve the economy, have caused enormous damage to society and the environment. Egypt, like many other countries, has a growing demand for sustainable development. Only sustainable development will enable Egyptians to attain a better quality of life and meet their current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.