Social participation in
Civil Society's former experience and new opportunities
Abd El Razak Abo El Ela
Al-Shehab Institution for Comprehensive Development,
Background paper: WHO - World Conference on Social Determinants of Health, 19-21 October 2011,
Available online PDF [19p.] at: http://bit.ly/pv435n
“……This case study explores the experience of Al Shehab Institution for Comprehensive Development, a civil society organization which has been working since 2001 in one of the biggest urban informal settlements in Greater Cairo. The objective of the organization’s activities is to build and strengthen the capabilities of people so that they can actively participate in addressing their unfulfilled needs, and influence the shaping of policies that affect their local community and well being.
To change national social and economic policies and priorities will take time; to have an impact on people’s lives will taken even longer. Therefore, it is important to document the activities carried out by Al Shehab and identify and address the key constraints to social participation experienced by the people of Ezbet el Hagana.
This analysis also provides a guide on how to address social determinants of health and involve community members in different activities in order to promote among them the sense of inclusion, empowerment and the ability to have some control over measures that determine their health. It also provides an example of the important role of civil society groups in addressing health inequities and gaps within the country. The study highlights the vital role of other civil society organization actors such as the
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