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Community Development Centre is our partner in the Arua Refugee Camp Uganda.

CDC is a cultural and creative organisation that addresses specific needs and problems, it recognises that the only sustainable, scalable and transferable solutions for refugee issues are those that listen to the refugees. CDC are led and peopled by refugees only. CDC specifically, encourages people to understand their unique cultural practices, and to harness this knowledge and connection with their community in order to promote a peaceful coexistence in the region. Linking these to practical and productive ways in which their unique traditional heritage could be maintained.

CDC founders address problems such as the poor economic, social, environmental and health issues in the communities.

Other solutions that CDC have put in place are a direct partnership with the HumanTech Innovation Lab.

Origin of the creative and cultural organisation CDC was in 2014 in South Sudan.

Demonstrable experience of CDC includes the very successful current and ongoing work running pilot: Addressing Beautiful Arua Campaign with The ABA campaign brings globally recognisable addresses for the first time to 18,000 residents of the Arua Settlements, Uganda in Phase 1 (2019).

CDC are also currently focused on establishing the Access hubs which will be venues for remote jobs, skills, training and general extracurricular education planned to be part of the Access programmes launch in 2020.

Future programmes pending the Access hubs being ready with power and internet, are planned to include:

The main CDC stakeholders are rural and urban, women, children, young people, as well as men in the refugee and host communities of Arua district, Imvepi and Omugo Uganda and South Sudan. It is from these stakeholders that the concept for the Access Programmes and Access Hubs was born.

CDC networks include refugee and host communities in South Sudan and Uganda. Other partners and networks including creative partners / providers include:

There has been no financing needed to date for CDC, as the CDC Access Programmes (including the ABA Campaign with Access partner ) has been coordinated entirely through the refugee led CDC volunteers with the pro bono help of the HTiL members.

Social impact and contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs ) is reflected in all the CDC do, and how they respond to the community’s needs on the ground and advocate for the communities on the ground both in Sudan and in Uganda.

The main obstacle that proves to be a limiting factor in relation to moving forward with their planned Access programmes is the financial investment for the Access hubs; the internet ready, safe and secure spaces for these programmes to be delivered.

Action plan to deliver and grow the Access programmes centres around 36 venues identified and cleared as suitable to host, as Access hubs.

The items listed on NeedsList will launch the first pilot Access Hub for the hosting of the Access programmes in safe, secure, internet and power ready venues.

  • Innovation Lab Schools Overview:

  • Volunteer individuals contributing to Access Programmes alongside major International programmes

  • Rationale behind Access Programmes offered as regards children

  • Impact and Sustainability concepts for children are central to the Access Programme goal and are reflected also in the largest of our Access Programme partners.

The entire purpose of the CDC Access Hubs is to be self sustaining once they are physically able, such as with power and internet to network with the proven programme leaders who are RWA (ready willing and able) to begin the process of using the internet broadcast into safe, secure and civilised spaces for refugees to be given the tools of learning, creativity, training to help themselves.