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Last Update 03 Apr 2017
Kingdom Saudi Arabia adopted the local community development since (1380 AH) and before the establishment of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, and that was hold by the Ministry of Education, when a social development center in Dir'iyah was established as an experimental center. After its establishment, a civil committee was formed and a cooperative association was established, and a youth gathering was formed which acted as the nucleus of a club there, Also a Girl House was established which later became a school for girls. These achievements were considered good indicators of the success of the experiment.
In (1381 AH) the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs was established, which has taken upon itself the expansion of the project by establishing a number of centers in urban and rural areas alike. Then the social development center in Dir'iyah became a center for development and training for the preparation of cadres working in the centers. Development in its general and overall concept is a conscious process directed to the formulation of an integrated civilized and social building where the community confirms its identity, subjectivity, and creativity. Development in the light of this concept is mainly based on the principle of positive collective participation starting from planning and decision-making through implementation and assume responsibilities and ending at utilization of returns and output of development projects and programs.
The social development centers, in the light of what is stated in the executive rules of Social Development Centers Regulation issued by the Cabinet resolution no. 161 on 11/5/1428 AH, are considered social institutions based on convincing citizens with the needs of their communities to grow and develop, and involving them in examining their needs and problems, and planning the necessary reform programs and their participation materially and morally in the implementation of these programs.
Regulation of social development centers was issued by the Cabinet resolution No. 161, on 11/5/1428 AH, and the executive rules issued by His Excellency the Minister resolution No. 77713, on 03/09/1428 AH, which were effective as of this date.
Out of the awareness of the officials of the Ministry of Social Affairs and direct directives from the Minister, social development centers in the Kingdom reached (41) employing more than (502) committees for social development including 62 new committees that have not started yet.
Social Development Agency also recently launched a number of development initiatives (2.1), namely:
1. Guidance (Ershad) initiative: Seeks to achieve family stability by dealing with family problems in the bud.
2. Guide me (Delony) initiative: Seeks to help citizens to gain access to social services available in the community.
3. Support (Saned) initiative: Seeks to conduct social survey of the less developed areas and neighborhoods, and submit their needs and their inhabitants to the competent authorities.
4. Rehabilitation (Ta’heel) Initiative: Seeks to rehabilitate prospective spouses and introduce them to the basics of dealing between the couple.
5.My neighbor (Gary) initiative: Seeks to achieve greater social cohesion among neighbors in light of urban expansion in the cities.
6. Accommodation (Deafa) initiative: Seeks to create specialized human cadres to follow up the children's accommodation centers.
7. Social leadership (Ra’eda Egtema’ia) initiative: Seeks to achieve social awareness, education and social support for families in their homes.
8. Productive (Entagy) initiative: Seeks to activate the productive family programs and assist them in marketing their products.
Development initiatives (2):
1. Charity (Ihsan) initiative: Seeks to support divorced women to achieve psychological and social stability for them and their children.
2. Matching (Tawfiq) initiative: Seeks to achieve conciliation process between those who wish to marry in a scientific and sophisticated manner and legal restraint.
3. Daytime (Naharya) initiative: Seeks to provide day care and rehabilitation for children with autism and disabilities and support their families psychologically and socially.
4. Cosmetics (Tagmeel) initiative: Seeks to provide girls with the skills and mastery of cosmetics and hairdressing.
5. Skill (Maharah) initiative: Seeks to provide the individual with basic skills of simple professional needs such as: carpentry, plumbing, electricity, simple mechanics and maintenance of mobile phones.
6. My craft (Herfaty) initiative: Seeks to provide women with a craft and develop their professional skills and refine their production capacity and sustainable competitiveness.
7. Hobby (Hewaya) initiative: Seeks to provide young men and women with hobbies and refine and develop it practically.
Social Development Centers:
The centers are based on the participation of families in recording their needs, and their participation financially, morally and humanly in the implementation of various social, cultural, training, entertainment, sports and developmental programs that contribute to meet the needs of the local community and the development and achievement of its security and safety.
Civil Social development Committees:
Committees supervised by the social development centers and are working to urge families and encourage them to composite these committees to study the general needs of their regions and communities, and work to meet them through various development programs proposed by the committees, and contributed by the members of the community financially and morally.
Social Development Centers sorted by foundation date:
Social Development Center in Dir'iyah
Social Development Center in Buraydah
Social Development Center in Wadi Fatima
Social Development Center in Wadi Al-Ahsa
Social Development Center in Al Alaa
Social Development Center in Makkah
Social Development Center in Riyadh
Social Development Center in Al-Qatif
Social Development Center in Onizah
Social Development Center in Al-Madinah
Social Development Center in Jazan
Social Development Center in Ha’il
Social Development Center in Tandha (Khamis Mushayt)
Social Development Center in Al-Qurayyat
Social Development Center in Turbah
Social Development Center in Al-Aflaj
Social Development Center in Dumat
Social Development Center in Al-Qouz
Social Development Center in Al-Ayis
Social Development Center in Al-Dalam
Social Development Center in Barahrah
Social Development Center in Rawdat Sadir
Social Development Center in Sharorah
Social Development Center in Al-Haridah
Social Development Center in Najran
Social Development Center in Badr
Social Development Center in Shaqra’
Social Development Center in Hafr Al-Batin
Social Development Center in Al-Wagh
Social Development Center in Bishah
Social Development Center in Tabuk
Social Development Center in Arar
Social Development Center in Al-Quwaiiyah
Social Development Center in Tai’f
Social Development Center in Afif
Social Development Center in Wadi Al- Dawaser
Social Development Center in Dammam
Social Development Center in Jeddah
Social Development Center in Al-Duwadimi
Social Development Center in Al-Baha
Social Development Center in Abha
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