Our Capacity Development program aims to strengthen social impact through building leadership capacity and providing tailored peer learning and support services.

The program achieves the later by:

  • Developing curriculums for the training and training the trainers 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.

  • Increasing philanthropists’ efficiency and effectiveness in dispensing their funds and managing their operations.

Gerhart Center’s research program has become a leading hub of evidence-based research and knowledge on Social Responsibility in the Arab world and Africa. The research activities and programs of the center serve as a neutral platform and a knowledge hub for academics, practitioners, and communities concerned with social impact. The program develops and disseminates rigorous researches that fill relevant knowledge gaps in the social impact space and congregate diverse voices through different convening activities.


  • 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

  • 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

  • Webinar Series: Gerhart Center launched the “ Gerhart Center Webinar Series” with the aim of discussing concepts that are currently not mainstream and may (or perhaps should) become mainstream. The series features distinguished speakers on a variety of topics across development and related fields

The center’s Youth Empowerment program prepares university students and fresh graduates, from all over the Arab world, by offering educational, curricular, co-curricular, and cultural initiatives 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. All activities and youth empowerment programs offered by the center are based on the experiential learning approach and social constructivism pedagogy which includes the following:


To provide youth with the knowledge, skills, values, and on-ground experience to actively and positively participate in the development of their communities.

University-Based National and Regional Competitions

The competitions seek to acknowledge the efforts and amplify the voices of civil society leaders, providing them with a platform to share their endeavors with specialists in the field. It encourages the exchange of best practices, offers experience in overcoming challenges, and bolsters youth potential through civic engagement.  The finalist universities have the opportunity to present their projects and compete for a grant to help them implement innovative solutions and guarantee sustainability for their civic engagement venture.

Youth Community-Based Civic Engagement Initiatives

The main objective of the community-based initiatives is to 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 innovative ideas and learn how to bring these ideas to life in teams to create a positive and sustainable social impact on a local level. Throughout a year, they get trained on project management, leadership, team building, problem-solving, and using open-source technology in social innovation.


These camps are intensive, focused, short-term learning programs that aim 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.

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.

Maan Alliance of Arab Universities for Civic Engagement

Founded in 2008, the Ma’an Alliance of Arab Universities 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 John D. Gerhart Center. Ma’an encompasses 13 university members across 8 MENA countries, while outreach plans aspire to expand the regional network of Arab universities. By collaborating with the alliance, universities encourage their students to be more than mere employable individuals, but real agents of social transformation with both academic tools and a spirit of social responsibility