About Daftar Ahwal



Daftar Ahwal Center for Archiving, Documentation and Research


Daftar Ahwal is an independent research center for archiving, documentation, statistics and studies, registered according to the Egyptian law, which is considered as a Fact Tank working on producing open databases and analyzing Big Data around political incidents and data-driven social research in Egypt without any policy position or advocacy. We have no relation with any political, ideological, religious or personal opinions or affiliations

Our Vision

A society with more peace, justice, humanitarian and participatory values, where accountability, transparency and right-to-know are applied for every citizen

Our Mission

Creating an alternative open knowledge in a professional, unbiased, accurate and objective way as possible, raising societal awareness around political and social issues, extending “collective memory” bridges between the past and present time inside Egyptian consciousness, strengthening means of institutional and societal communication and participation, supporting freedom of information and transparency and pushing forward course of transitional justice

Target Groups

  • The public

  • Decision Makers and Officials

  • Researchers, Academics and research centers

  • NGOs, rights groups, advocacy initiatives and activists in the public sphere

  • Political parties, movements and those who are interested in political and social issues in Egypt

  • Archivists and those who are interested in archiving, statistics, Big Data and digital means of expression

  • Journalism and media outlets (Print, Broadcast or Digital)

Our Long-term Objectives

Enriching the digital informative content and creating an alternative open knowledge for the public (academia, Human Rights, journalism, development, culture, art, religious and political activism) so that they can make use of it in their different activities and contexts
Supporting societal participation and carrying voices of marginalized classes, through putting all individuals and groups on one map with the same scale and open door in front of all people to record, publish and save their memories and personal participations in the context of the public sphere inside a collective archive
Extending “collective memory” bridges between the past and present time inside Egyptian consciousness, by rebuilding new narratives about old and ongoing incidents “History from below” in a social context
Promoting archival culture, quantitative analysis, open data and ways of building coherent and accurate databases
Informing the public and circles of decision makers with information for understanding the whole reality and encountering challenges
Creating new cadres of youth with awareness and faith in change inside society, which are capable of performing different tasks and enhancing their skills and experience inside a harmonic teamwork
Acquiring experience of securing databases and archives with saving privacy and causing no harm
Developing our current old tools used in archiving, analyzing big data and managing documents and visuals

Our Outputs

Open databases for the public, using an accurate and coherent informative and statistical structure with transparent standards, where each information is referred with sources, around political and social issues and their effect on citizens during a certain time

Periodic publications in form of comprehensive reports and statistical analysis with methodology and information gathering mechanism
Fixed and animated visuals which are creative, simple and easy for the user to preview and understand
Research papers and realistic analysis related to fact-based information
Open archive for collective memory including documents, information, testimonies, written, audible and visual materials and other types of “Grey Literature”, related to political and social issues

Unbiased collective narratives with no personal opinion depending on databases and archives
Workshops about archiving, statistics, Big Data Analysis and management of information systems
Services of archiving, counting, digitalizing and managing data and documents for institutions, NGOs, working groups and individuals active in society


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