About us

Established in 1982, SDC is a developmental organization that focuses on strengthening and empowering Arab communities in various aspects.

Our mission

We strive towards developing an Arab community that is aware, capable, and engaged in change processes to improve quality of life.

Our vision

Arab community that is aware, engaged, and capable to change its reality.

Our guiding principles

  • Get everyone involved
  • Encourage working together
  • Inspire envisioning
  • Facilitate learning
  • Encourage leadership
  • Build on strengths
  • Recognize complexity
  • Build relationships that last
  • Celebrate success

Our organizational values

  • We believe in innovation and transformation
  • We believe in humans intrinsic virtuous
  • Equality
  • Respect of diversity
  • Solidarity

Theory Of Change

SDC’s theory of change is motivated by our convictions and our extended experience of over 38 years working with the Arab society in Haifa. We believe that proper investment in organizing communities around issues of their interest, enhancing awareness to their role in social responsibility, and strengthening their capacities, leads to community groups that are aware, capable and engaged in social change processes to improve the quality of their life

Our theory of change is based on the following assumptions

If the organized groups and SDC monitor and track actions and impact, holding those who do not comply accountable publicly and systematically, then an accountability mechanism has been produced through civic actors who are aware, engaged, and able to influence change.
If local communities’ groups are organized, then they become a collective force with higher potential to influence change in conditions and policies that effect their life.
If SDC proactively upgrades and sustain its capacities, knowledge, procedures, experience, then it will be able to deliver its programs and to create high impact.
If organized groups have increased their awareness and capabilities, analyzed and identified deficiencies, and inquired about inequities and discriminatory policies and practices related to their rights, then they become groups engaged in civic actions (lobby, advocacy, dialogue) to claim their rights.

SDC’s Approach to Social Change

Our theory of change implies that if it materializes, it will ultimately contribute to a society that enjoys more equality and a better quality of life Inspired by our theory of change in encouraging local communities to come together, engage, take social responsibility and collective actions, introduce solutions to common problems (legal, economic, social, environmental and cultural), and lobby and advocate to attain their rights as equal citizens, our approach to working with communities focuses on 7 major interconnected elements as illustrated below.

SDC’s Approach to Social Change

Organize community groups and encourage them to participate constructively in social change.
Develop and strengthen their collective capabilities. Accompany with guidance and resources.
Reconsider concepts and update the existing Knowledge.
Groups conduct context analysis Identify gaps in rights and equality.
Groups plan their lobby and dialogue avenues To claim rights.
Monitor and track impact and apply and hold accountable when there is no compliance.
Reflect, Evaluate Analyze Impact, And Document lessons.

Theory Of Change

SDC’s strategy for 2020 – 2023 constitutes of 4 major programmes that are considered pathways to change. Each programme has various activities that are designed to enhance the achieving of goals and thus to enrich and validate SDC’s theory of change.

Our theory of change is based on the following assumptions

SDC’s 4 core programs provide a general framework for the period of 2020-2023. Each program targets a different segment of society in a way that enables SDC to utilize the existing social capital and local wisdom and to employ it in addressing the needs of the Arab community in Haifa for greater equality and quality of life. In doing so, SDC follows an inclusive approach by engaging youth, elderly, women, children, people with special needs and other vulnerable segments of society in the process of strengthening social responsibility and mobilizing social change.

Haifa A Shared City

A right-based community organizing and mobilizing for advocacy and lobby work in issues related to civil rights of Arabs in Haifa.
Strategic Goal
Arab civic groups in Haifa are organized and capable of claiming their rights from the municipal authorities in Haifa in specific thematic areas such as urban planning, education, distributive justice.
Expected Outcomes
Haifa has a strong lobby of Arabs who are organized, aware and able to seek their rights from the municipality. Reflected by 30% of the issues advocated for by SDC’s organized community groups have been discussed officially at the Haifa Mayor’s Office
Intended Impact
  • Improved social and physical living environment for Arab
  • Haifa municipalities and their agencies are open for change with regard to equal rights.
  • organizing civic groups/communities around issues of civil rights violations by the municipality of Haifa.
  • Establish spaces (physical and virtual) for rights-based-public dialogue and exchange.
  • Advocacy and lobby the authorities for equality in various aspects.
  • Follow up through accountability actions – communities and authorities.
  • Closing the loop and cultivation of learning – event.

Act for Change

A project that targets Arab youth in Haifa to transform them into active voices in social change.
Strategic Goal
Haifa schools’ students/youth acquire and practice knowledge about progressive life skills education, refected in their social change initiatives.
Expected Outcomes
Arab youth in Haifa schools ages 10-14 acquire new life skills refected in their change-oriented initiatives including creativity, critical thinking.
Intended Impact
Arab youth in Haifa voice their opinions, take initiatives and participate in social development processes.
  • Needs assessment/Survey existing life skills that are being implemented in Arab schools
  • Establish a pool of professionals based on relevant needs
  • Introduce schools to innovative life-skills knowledge through existing and new resources and tools
  • Engage school students in the new learning experience
  • Encourage adjustments in the curriculum based on innovation and change
  • Sustain through handing over to relevant authorities
  • Monitor, document and advocate the municipality to adopt the complementary A4C program

Social Fabric

Address and strengthen the fragile social fabric of Arabs in Haifa with focus on elderly and vulnerable segments of society to participate in social weaving.
Strategic Goal
Repair social fabric by decreasing divisions and exclusions of vulnerable groups and engage them in the change process.
Expected Outcomes
Social solidarity in the Arab community in Haifa is promoted at the level of individuals, families, and institutions contributing to societal cohesion through community partnership, collective efforts, and enhancing volunteerism and giving.
Intended Impact
Arab society in Haifa embraces the inclusion, of the vulnerable social segments and ensures their integration in the change process.
  • Develop a program of social weaving activities that be delivered by the social weavers – check on the poor, visits to poor families.
  • Proactively outreach to and engage vulnerable groups in a framework that deepens collectivism.
  • Conduct legal-awareness workshops for families at risk, or vulnerable communities in need to learn more about their rights and opportunities within the law that may improve the quality of their life.
  • Sustain SDC’s legacy by holding an annual commemoration day to honor a specific theme- reading day, women’s day, family day, nonviolence day, etc.
  • Celebrate successes – 40 years to SDC.
  • To establish and activate Hussain Ighbaria Social Solidarity Trust.

SDC Organizational Development

Capacitate the SDC so it can shift to impact orientation, harvest outcomes, and create high impact. This project targets SDC members, staff, and board Annual-implementation-plans will include monitoring activities at the outputs and outcome levels to ensure that the directions have taken indeed contribute to the theory of change. Assumptions will be monitored, revisited, and validated annually.
Strategic Goal
Sustainability of SDC as a critical civil society actor and agent of change in Haifa.
Expected Outcomes

The effectiveness of the SDC and its ability as a crucial civil society actor in influencing change in Haifa is boosted through organizational development and sustainability of the physical and non-physical legacy of the SDC.

Intended Impact
SDC is able to create high impact in the quality of life of Arabs in Haifa.
  • Established a friendly and relevant beneficiaries feedback mechanism and tools.
  • Improve the decision-making structure, including documentation of agendas and decisions.
  • Improve the internal communication mechanisms and tools.
  • Ensure no less than bi-monthly meetings for the full team.
  • Revise and update job descriptions and develop a periodical performance appraisals system.
  • Develop a Monitoring and Evaluation system including tools, forms, and activities.
  • Develop fundraising strategy that targets less dependency on one major donor.
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