Last week in Dubai, Maher Bushra and his organization Better Life Association for Comprehensive Development (BLACD) were awarded with a Best Practices Certificate in recognition of the important contribution BLACD has made to improving living standards in a local community. The certificate was specifically rewarded for his outstanding initiative entitled “Comprehensive Development of the Eastern Bank Area in the Minia Governorate, Egypt”.
The Dubai International Award for Best Practices was established by the later ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al Maktoum, to recognize best practices in social initiatives. Best Practices are those that can be held up to others as an example to improve public policy, increase existing knowledge on the topic and raise awareness of potential solutions to common social, economic and environmental problems.
The Better Life Association For Comprehensive Development was established in 2003, and currently works with marginalized communities in over 30 villages in the Minya governorate through a network of over 300 volunteers. Rather than focusing on one aspect of social development, BLACD is working to comprehensively improve the quality of life of marginalized communities by empowering them. Their strategy is to support democracy at the village level, improve the livelihood of fishermen, install water and sanitation and improve housing in poor villages, empowering women, and improving the situation of child labourers.