The Pulse of Egypt’s Revolt
IDS Bulletin 43.1
Editor Tadros, M.
How do we explain the way in which change unfolded in the wake of the recent Egyptian uprisings? What can this tell us about the success or failure of related development policies? This IDS Bulletin contributes to our understanding of why and how the uprisings began, and their implications for development paradigms, concepts and practices.
In view of the politically volatile and dynamic situation on the ground, this issue neither provides an historical account of ongoing political struggles, nor does it assess impact or seek to predict outcomes. Rather, it analyses that moment when people revolted – when the tipping point was reached. The aim of this IDS Bulletin is to bring new empirical and conceptual insights on pathways of political and social change to an audience of development, area studies and democratisation academics, policy actors and practitioners who wish to interrogate the methodological and paradigmatic nuances of that rupture with the status quo.
The focus of this IDS Bulletin is, on the whole, Egypt, although many of the articles have strong resonances with Tunisia, Yemen and other countries in the region and beyond. The issue is distinctive in its engagement with the Egyptian revolt in its examination of the development theory, policy and practice nexus and in the selection of contributors on the basis of their positionality. Contributors are Egyptians who have one leg in activism and one leg in the policy-influencing arena, and whose perspectives are not commonly conveyed in mainstream academia. This is in effect one modest step to reverse the trend of bias in favour of the ‘experts’ from the West, to give the floor to local voices, not only academics but also activists and practitioners.
Introduction: The Pulse of the Arab Revolt
Precursors of the Egyptian Revolution
The Role of the Youth’s New Protest Movements in the January 25th Revolution
Yusery Ahmed Ezbawy
The Mubarak Regime’s Failed Youth Policies and the January Uprising
The Political Economy of the Egyptian and Arab Revolt
Omar S. Dahi
Accumulative Bad Governance
The January 25th Uprisings: Through or in Spite of Civil Society?
Ayman Abd el Wahab
Human Rights Organisations and the Egyptian Revolution
Mohamed Hussein El Naggar
The Islamist vs the Islamic in Welfare Outreach
The Jaded Gender and Development Paradigm of Egypt
Donors’ Responses to Arab Uprisings: Old Medicine in New Bottles?