Who founded CDC and why?
Community Development Centre – CDC was initially established in January 2014 in South Sudan. The organisation was founded by young people from Yei River State (also known as Former Central Equatorial State), South Sudan. These young people decided to take the initiative to address their concerns about the deteriorating unique cultural practices of their community. For example, the fading cultural practices relating to marriage rites, birth, naming, kinship, death, cultural diversity, the communal ownership of properties, indigenous languages and ancient dialects, traditional foods and the observance of positive norms among others.
CDC is working to raise a cultural self awareness amongst the communities in South Sudan as their indigenous cultural practices are vitally important to the resilience of their communities. As with all communities around the world, unique cultural practices bind and unite the community.
Specifically, CDC encourages people to
- understand their unique cultural practices
- to harness this knowledge and connection with their community in order to promote a peaceful coexistence in the region
- to retain the spirit of togetherness in these divergent south Sudanese communities.
- linking these to practical and productive ways in which their unique traditional heritage could be maintained.
The CDC founders also raised concerns about poor economic, social, environmental and health issues in the communities. Highlighting the high rates of unemployment that resulted from illiteracy and marginalisation of communities.
Since then CDC has successfully grown into an international network and established a substantial presence in South Sudan, Uganda and is currently expanding into the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ambitiously they continue to work and plan to build strong and resilient communities in Africa.
To what and to whom is the Community Development Centre committed?
CDC is committed to working for the welfare of communities in Arua District (including Rhino Refugee Camp, Omogo and Imvepi refugee settlements) as well as the local Ugandan and South Sudan host communities in the district. Navigating poverty mitigation and the development of marginalised segments of communities.
CDC aims to achieve this through empowerment initiatives, capacity building, educational programs and the promotion of social, environmental, cultural, and health values. While at all times maintaining a prudent utilisation of life-supporting resources.
Who are included as stakeholders?
In particular we focus on situations relevant to the disadvantaged rural and urban, women, children, young people, as well as men in the communities
The organisation works with stakeholders at regional and international levels. The main stakeholders associated with this not for profit include the Yei Resource Community Centre, Network for African Youths for Development NAYD, and the South Sudan Older People’s Organisation.
Finding ever better ways (like MyInform) of communicating with all stakeholders appropriately, through transparent data on issues that emerge from the community itself, is crucial to CDC. Engaging external and local stakeholders to address community needs, specifically as defined from the ground up, is the role of CDC.
Pictures of work with CEDED (The Centre for Democracy and Development)
one of our close partners and stakeholders.
For more information on CDC:
– CDC Team