In late 2014, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter announced that Swiss musician Bastian Baker would become a project ambassador for the Democracy Without Borders initiative. From 7–12 February 2016, the musician travelled to Cairo and Aswan. In Cairo he performed with Egyptian popstar Hany Adel before travelling on to Aswan where he lent support to the SDC co-funded Nile Project's efforts to encourage a sustainable ecosystem through music and academic training, and by taking part in a musical exchange with the artists.
"When Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter told me about the Nile Project, I was immediately convinced. It's an exciting idea that music can play a role in the development of people and regions around the world. I'm happy and proud to work with the Nile Project," said Baker.
The Swiss musician also visited SDC youth employment and water management projects in the region and talked to young people involved in the projects.
Media release, 11.02.2016