Organisations involved in the Egyptian political scene have a natural interest in experience sharing, organizational inputs, and know-how from international parties and organisations. On the other hand, the Social Democratic Party of Denmark is eager to get more insight into their Egyptian partner’s experiences gained before, during and after the revolution, especially concerning leadership and policy trainings.
The Danish Social Democratic Party (SDP) established the partnership with the Egyptian Observatory for Training and Consultancy in March 2015 and the current project will run until the summer of 2017.
The Danish Social Democratic Party was formed in 1871 on a social democratic ideology. With 47 of 179 seats, the Social democrats is the largest party in Parliament, but still lost the governing power at the Danish parliamentary elections in June 2015. The party leader is Mette Frederiksen, who replaced outgoing Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, in the wake of 2015 elections.
The Observatory was established in June 2014 as an organization that believes in defending the principles of democracy and human rights as a basis for developing a just political system, ensuring good governance and peaceful resolutions to crisis and political conflict. Among other things, they work on supporting democratic transition and build the capacity of youth active in political parties and civil society organisations.
Through DIPD, the party also collaborates with the Swazi Democratic Party (SWADEPA) in Swaziland and Ghana’s National Democratic Congress (NDC).
In collaboration with the Observatory, SDP will support the training of party members in policy development and political leadership. Being one of the oldest parties in the Danish parliament, SDP has almost 150 years of experience in organizing political activists and creating coherent policies. At the same time, the aforementioned focus address some of the key challenges of most Egyptian parties today.