The Center for Development Services (CDS) is an employee-owned development entrepreneurial venture that uses innovative approaches to mobilize technical and financial support for development endeavors in Egypt and the Middle East.
We identify practical and creative solutions for development-related problems, and build mechanisms which allow people and organizations to use their resources effectively to improve standards of living, human and organizational capabilities, health and the environment.
Through consulting, research, project implementation and cross-sector collaboration, CDS leverages its expertise in four program areas: natural resources and environment, health management and research, human capital development and partnership development. Our expertise guides communities and organizations towards sustainable development, enabling them to bring about a better future.
A leader in the field of development since 1990, the Center for Development Services (CDS) was established with the mission "to support people and organizations realize their full potential and foster self-determined, self-sustaining change."
CDS was established to venture new approaches and innovative strategies for development work in the Middle East, intermediate and reconcile needs and interests of the local development-related agencies with those of the international donor community.
Since then, it grew in relation with a large network of diverse donors, international agencies, UN-related organizations, local governmental and non-governmental agencies, and individuals in various communities. CDS has been recognized as the largest provider of Arabic-language development-related materials and a standard setting of development practice in the Middle East.
On the 17th of May 2006, the Center for Development Services was registered under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry under the registry number 18834 and incorporated in Cairo as a shareholding company.
The change in CDS identity is sought to assure that the organization is better able to prosper, grow, and make a greater contribution to development industry From its inception, the philosophy of the Center for Development Services has revolved around participation and towards linking participatory processes, tools and techniques to the practice of development in its entirety. The range of applications continues to be broad and varied, embracing work in fields of health, agriculture, education, environment, micro-finance, capacity building, institutional development, urban development and information technology.