CDAs are Community Development Associations that provide basic services to their communities on grass root level. In squatter communities around Cairo, CDAs play a major role in supporting and representing community members’ interests and problems regarding basic concerns such as access to health, education, housing, work, etc. They are usually the only existing structure within marginalized communities represent local concerns. However, they more than often lack the know-how, especially when it comes to democratic decision making structures, to speak up effectively for the interests of the community. CDAs are often small, unsustainable and in constant need of money.
Our overall objective is to provide effective community development structures for the most marginalized communities in Egypt. In communities that have a CDA, NHASD supports these associations in their work by giving workshops on participatory approach, legal aspects of community development and good governance to let them do their work more effectively. Also, NHASD works to create more support among the community for the CDA and the work it does.
In communities where there is no CDA at all, NHASD works together with the local community to set up one. Within the last years NHASD has successfully supported communities in the establishment of their own CDA.
Benefiting from our established networking structures with grass root organizations, NHASD is able to improve the quality and quantity of its service provision collaborating with CDA partners in advocating socio-economic, political and human rights.