Ashoka Fellow
Saudi Arabia
Fellow Since 2007
Al Bidaya
This description of Saadya El Wafy's work was prepared when Saadya El Wafy was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
Saadya El Wafy is promoting development in squatter areas of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) that are often ignored. She convenes stakeholders in a framework of civil district councils and empowers communities to alleviate poverty. The first Saudi woman to found a community-based civil society organization in the country, Saadya is pioneering a new level of community mobilization towards development and a heightened awareness of poverty throughout the country.
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