Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2004
This description of Salah Arafa's work was prepared when Salah Arafa was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
Salah Arafa pioneered the concept of community based participatory development in Egypt. With a focus on both rural squatter communities and on emerging desert communities (the future of Egypt), Salah’s Basaysa model combines local resources with rural civic engagement to promote social advancement and modernization while preventing the rural outflux from the villages to urban areas. Since the late 1980s, the Basaysa Village concept has been taught in schools and civil sector training courses as a model of rural development to be replicated.
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