The Egyptian Association for Comprehensive Development (EACD) is a non-governmental organization that seeks to develop the capacity of individuals most in need, particularly women, children and young people in rural communities and slums. EACD implements its development programs from the perspective of the people’s rights in the fields of education, economics, health and environment, within the framework of citizenship, effective participation, respect of human rights and the participation of all parties concerned.
EACD give attention to three target groups in the development process:
Women and women’s rights are a major concern of EACD. In all of its programs, the association grants a distinctive place to women by giving them opportunities to express themselves and to represent their communities so that they can play a positive and effective role in society.
Children represent the next generation and are the hope for a better future. Unfortunately, poverty in Egypt still affects 40 percent of families and thousands of children are thus born in such conditions. At a young age, many of them suffer from malnutrition and subsequently from lifelong health problems. Poverty forces children to look for work and drop out of school. In the rural areas of Egypt, many adolescent girls are discouraged from finishing school and are forced into early marriages.
Youth represents almost half of the Egyptian population and therefore could play a great role in Egypt’s global development. The EACD utilizes their abilities in several activities, such as educational programs, international youth camps, conferences and social and cultural meetings.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.