On September 30th 2014, the Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas (PDP) successfully conducted its first workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility in the Fairmont Hotel in Cairo. The purpose of the full day event was to identify possibilities for the private sector to involve in the improvement of informal areas in the Greater Cairo Region (CGR) and hence, attracted participants from civil society organisations, educational institutions, district authorities as well as representatives from the profit-making sector with an interest in socially responsible business. “With this workshop we aimed to widen the circle of stakeholders engaged in community development in order to facilitate innovative, inclusive urban upgrading that is coherent with existing initiatives,” said Michael Heathcote, Head of Component Civil Society/Fund Management, PDP. “We hope that it can bring about more efficient and sustainable urban development in the Greater Cairo Region.”
Following morning information sessions on opportunities in corporate social responsibility approaches and collaboration with the PDP, all participants were then facilitated in an afternoon networking session, to encourage information sharing between representatives from different sectors holding interests in specific themes, such as health, climate change, waste management or transportation.