Description of Organisation (purpose, main goals, values):
Al Mahrousa Center for Publishing, Press Services and Information played an important role over the past three decades in enriching the political, human rights advocacy and cultural realms between different political groups. A Mahrousa Center has played a pivotal role in the social movement in Egyptian civil society by advancing democratic and progressive values and and civil rights. Since its establishment in 1986, Al Mahrousa has successfully pioneered and established the biggest news archive of Egyptian and Arab newspapers. This news archive is the biggest in the Arab countries. The archive has a thematic index to facilitate research processes. In turn, this has paved the way for Al Mahroussa Center to establish its political research unit in the early 1990s. This research unit produced large volumes of research on, for examples, the status of democracy in Egypt and the Arab countries; Egyptian foreign policy (with namely Iran, Turkey, EU, the U.S. and Israel); terrorism in Egypt and in Arab countries; political Islam and the new social movements. Accordingly, Al Mahroussa Center took part in several important initiatives regionally and internationally with civil society actors since it is recognized as a significant specialized research unit on democratic transformation.
Al Mahrousa Center participated in the establishment of the Euro-Mediterranean Civil Forum which brings together many civil society organizations from Arab and European countries discussing different facets of the future of the Mediterranean region. Similarly, Al Mahroussa Center o-founded the Egyptian Social Forum with a number of Egyptian civil society organizations. Moreover, Al Mahroussa Center participated with renowned Egyptian NGOs in monitoring the parliamentary elections which took place in the years of 1995, 2000, 2005 (and the presidential elections in that year) and 2006. Al Mahroussa monitored the elections to monitor and document the performance of the media, analyze the candidates’ political programs and the level of the interference of the security apparatuses in the electoral process. Al Mahrousa’s research unit processed documented information. By the same token, Al Mahroussa provided international academic institutions and civil society organizations with reports and research derivatives on perspectives on democratic transformation in Egypt and the political situation in Egypt and the Arab countries; for instance Al Mahroussa was approached by Stanford University (namely Dr. Joel Beinin) and The University of Tokyo (namely Dr. Korita Youshka) and the library of King Fahd’s University (namely Dr. Mohamed Al-Kashma’eey).