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Vision and Mission

he CSD envisions a region of modern, sustainable and prosperous communities.

The mission of the CSD is to guide sustainable development efforts in Egypt, the region and beyond by providing holistic academic programs, applied interdisciplinary research and community services for improving lives and livelihoods while safeguarding natural resources for the future generations to come.

Main Dimensions


In support of its mission, the CSD strategy has three main dimensions: education, research and community services. These pillars are built on a sound foundation that consists of different kinds of resources, strong networks and high motivation.

  • Education – The CSD works on bringing different AUC bodies together to develop academic programs in the area of sustainable development, in collaboration with national and international institutions. Furthermore, education for sustainable development is delivered beyond the campus, through public lectures, discussions or school programs.
  • Research – The CSD focuses on urgent topics in its immediate surroundings, especially research problems that require an interdisciplinary approach. Since these that cannot be covered by one school or center alone and need coordination between different researchers and/or AUC bodies, the CSD seeks collaboration within and outside of AUC and brings different parties together.
  • Community services – The CSD concentrates on involving AUC in large national projects that can have a wide impact on the Egyptian community and enable researchers and students to implement their research results and have direct links to the real world. Student initiatives and pilot projects developed at the grassroots level will also be supported by the CSD.


Historical background

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.

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. 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 wastewater and garbage.

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.


Contact US

Center for Sustainable Development
The American University in Cairo
AUC Avenue, P.O. Box 74
Research Centers Building, Room 2005 (entrance from Gate 1)
New Cairo 11835, Egypt
tel 20.2.2615.3072