Our Programs

I. Research Program

The unit has become a leading source of evidence-based research and knowledge on Arab Social Responsibility, filling a knowledge gap left by the lack of proper documentation and analysis for the region.

Through careful planning and screening, the unit's research activities and programs respond to the challenges and issues facing this sector, all while building a solid infrastructure for its continued growth in parallel.

The efforts of our research arm consist of:

  • Providing a regional platform that encourages interaction between scholarly analysis and the experiences of practitioners, the Takaful Annual Conference. Based on the call for papers and the best paper selection by an interdisciplinary refereeing committee, vetted research papers are published annually through the Takaful Conference Proceedings Volume. Due to its growing visibility, Takaful has become an important regional platform for foundations, civil society organizations, the private sector, scholars, young researchers, and policymakers to exchange knowledge and experiences that advance policy and practice.

  • Developing original mapping studies and surveys on innovations and interventions of the institutionalized social investment and giving sector.

  • Endorsing policy discussion papers that present comparative research and address current or foreseen policy issues by providing recommendations to the policy debate and key stakeholders. Books, in-depth research, and case studies have significantly influenced the discourse by disseminating applied research, showcasing successful models, and providing practical advice from leading practitioners in the field on effective, socially responsible practices and trends.

  • Holding policy roundtables, workshops, and conferences to create awareness and stimulate policy debate. These roundtables also serve as a platform for the emergence and growth of a community of practice for foundations, social entrepreneurs, philanthropy and civic engagement scholars, and young researchers in the region.

The unit also aims to engage AUC students from all schools and departments to actively engage in its research activities. If you are interested in applying for an internship, kindly contact us through this email: gcresearch@aucegypt.edu.

II. Capacity Development Program

The program’s activities aim to increase philanthropists’ efficiency and effectiveness in dispensing their funds and managing their operations. The program achieves the later by:

  • Providing training based on identifying the market needs of civic society and filling the skills gap by providing the needed tools

  • Contributing to sustainable development and corporate social responsibility by providing technical assistance in formulating comprehensive CSR programs and supporting its implementation.

The center provides training and courses based on identifying civic society's market needs and filling the skills gap by providing the needed tools. The aim is to contribute to sustainable development and corporate social responsibility by providing technical assistance in formulating comprehensive CSR programs and supporting their implementation.  As well as increasing philanthropists’ efficiency and effectiveness in dispensing their funds and managing their operations. The center seeks to maximize the social impact by developing curriculums for the training and training the trainers.

III. Youth Leadership Program

A better future in the region is dependent on younger generations becoming leaders and professionals that exhibit determination, creativity, and responsibility to solve emerging
economic and social challenges. The center’s Civic Engagement programs prepare university students and fresh graduates, from all over the Arab world, by
Offering educational, curricular, co-curricular, and cultural programs and activities that develop the youth and foster their awareness of local and regional issues. It also prepares and encourages youth to be patriotic positive social change-makers and contributors to their local, national, and regional communities.

The main activities and programs of the unit are based on the experiential learning approach and are as follows;


To provide the youth with an opportunity to be employed in a non-profit organization for a period of time to allow them to work on their skills and knowledge through an intensive capacity-building program and a one-on-one customized mentorship program.


An annual national competition with a theme is launched for all the students of the Egyptian universities.

A Regional takes place every two years for the Arab universities on civic engagement.


Founded in 2008, the Ma’an University Alliance for Civic Engagement seeks to cultivate civic engagement on university campuses across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Ma’an is a regional affiliate of the International Talloires Network, and the Ma’an secretariat is currently based at the Gerhart Center. Ma’an has more than 13 university members across 8 MENA countries.

NACE ( networking Arab civic education) A platform that connects and enhances the diverse initiatives of Civic Education in the Arab Region to exchange knowledge and best practices. It networks individuals and institutions active in the field to help make their work stronger and more focused.

Community-Based Initiatives

10- 12 month programs equip Egyptian youth with the knowledge, skills, and on-ground experience to actively and positively participate in developing their societies and their own personal skills. Participants work together to develop ideas for initiatives in their communities and learn how to bring these ideas to life in teams to create a positive, sustainable social impact on a local level. They are trained in project management, leadership, team building, problem-solving, and using open-source technology in social innovation throughout a year.

Summer Camps

The John D. Gerhart center launched the “Engaged Generation” camp in the summer boot-camp framework initiated by the undergraduate studies department. These camps are an intensive, focused, short-term learning program that aims to equip learners with specific skills that have immediate relevance to career or academic goals. Teaching or training methods are experiential, hands-on, and dynamic, with real-world relevance, problem-based learning, teamwork, and individual development.

Over the course of two weeks, “the Engaged Generation” boot-camp aimed to promote and enhance the civic roles and social responsibilities of both children (aged 7– 12 years old) and AUC university students (youth) towards their society. The main aim of these camps is to promote civic engagement and endorse social responsibility among university students and children. This is achieved by building the capacity and qualifying the youth to transmit what they have learned to another target group, for boys and girls of 7-12 years old.

Alumni and volunteering activities

 To raise awareness of the difference between philanthropy and charity and boost the engagement of our alumni in different areas to build a sense of community and engagement among different segments of youth while participating in many activities.