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Embassy of Finland, Cairo: Development cooperation: Support to Civil Society


3 Abu El-Feda Street,13th floor
11211 Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt
Tel. +20 2 2736 3722, Fax. +20 2 2737 1376
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Support to Civil Society


Local Cooperation Fund (LCF) is a fund managed by the Embassy of Finland in Cairo and its purpose is to support local civil society initiatives in Egypt. The LCF Fund for Sudan has been closed down in 2017.           

LCF has been operating in the Embassy of Finland in Cairo since 2003. It is a flexible and demand-based development cooperation instrument of the Embassy and it complements the overall development cooperation work carried out in Egypt through the support of Finland in accordance with Finland’s development policy.

Objectives of the LCF

The objective of the fund is to complement other Finnish development efforts in the fields of

  • Promotion of human rights
  • Promotion of democratic and accountable society  (democracy support)
  • Promotion of sustainable management of natural resources and environmental protection.

The fund supports initiatives of local non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), non-profit companies and other non-profit institutions in Egypt.

LCF and Finnish Development Cooperation Principles

The Finnish development policy has given emphasis to human rights based approach to development which underlines the importance of empowerment, inclusion, and participation of the right holders as it strengthens the application of the principles of ownership, accountability, and transparency.

Moreover, gender equality, reduction of inequality and climate sustainability are cross-cutting themes in the Finnish development strategy and also relevant to the LCF. Integration of the cross-cutting objectives into development projects is essential.

The key to including these crosscutting objectives in a project is an inclusive dialogue among all partners and the target group, in the early phases of the project.

Applying for funding

More information on LCF scope of funding and application procedure, including application deadlines and concept note template, can be found in section LCF in Egypt .

Further Information:

Embassy of Finland

3, Abu El Feda Street, 13th Floor

Zamalek, Cairo

Tel: +20-(0)2-2736 3722


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Updated 10/12/2017

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