With UNAIDS (since August 1997)
Persons living with HIV/AIDS project (PLWHA).This national programme aims to promote positive attitudes to HIV/AIDS by identifying and strengthening associations of persons living with HIV/AIDS(PLWHAs) in Ghana, towards a national network of PLWHAs.
CEDEP examines the rights and responsibilities of PLWHAs and how a non discriminatory and supportive environment for PLWHAs can be created. The programme also seeks to strengthen the position of PLWHAs in policy making on HIV/AIDS through training in human rights and linking with other organisations in Ghana and Africa, as well as supporting PLWHAs in income generating activities.
With USAID/Learnlink (from 1998).
CEDEP established a pilot Community Learning Centre (CLC) in Kumasi with funding from USAID that aims to bring the Internet closer to ordinary people and make it more accessible as a source of information and learning.
With the Ministry of Education/World Bank (1996-1998). Schooling Improvement Fund Facilitation.
CEDEP worked in three districts to facilitate this pilot SIF programme, which aimed to encourage greater community participation in improving teaching and learning in local schools.
With the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development/GTZ (Since 1995) Programme for Rural Action.
CEDEP works with the PRA and its other partners to design and execute training for District Assembly members and extension training for District departments. This included training in participatory decentralised bottom-up, decision-making, planing and implementation process aimed at building capacity for community governance.
With the National Development Planning Commission and UNDP
Poverty Reduction Programme (Since 1997)
CEDEP facilitates this programme in Juaboso Bia District, one of five deprived districts in the country selected for this pilot programme. CEDEP organised an initial sensitisation programme to examine perceptions of poverty, followed by participatory poverty assessment and a series of workshops: with women from five communities and master artisans on basic management/entrepreneurial akills; with chiefs and opinion leaders and develop proposal skills ; and in PRA techniques for selected members of the district implementation committees. CEDEP has a member staff working in the district itself to support the process.
With Save the Children Fund, UK (Since 1995)
CEDEP is one of three Ghanaian NGOs responsible for co-ordinating the Family Reproductive Health Programmes which is also a national programme. CEDEP is working with five community based NGOs in the Ashanti, Eastern and Brong Ahafo tegions. CEDEP has provided training and on-going support to help strengthen the capacity of these NGOs which provide reproductive health services.
With the International Foundation for Election Systems
(IFES) (Since Feb 1998) Enhancing Civil Society's Effectiveness at the Local Level (ECSCELL).
CEDEP works with IFES and its partners to design the content of , prepare training manuals for and carry out the first phase of a series of workshops in 6 districts in the three northern regions as part of this USAID-funded initiative. Its aim is to promote increased awareness among leaders of civil society organisations, district assembly officials and heads of decentralised departments of their roles and responsibilities and their relationship with each other.
With the Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre , Accra (Since 1997)
Research into gender based violence in Ghana.
As one of the partners in a research study to assess the incidence and prevalence of gender based violence in Ghana, CEDEP played a lead role by participating in the steering committee that designed the research, provided PRA training for the researchers, and joined members of other NGOs in Ghana to make up the team that conducted the research.
With Ashanti Region Susu Collectors Cooperative Society
(ARSCCS) and DOEN (Since 1998)
CEDEP is working with the ARSCCS on a two-year programme of institutional strengthening funded by DOEN, the Dutch National Lottery Fund. The programme focuses particularly on developing a skilled and sustainable secretariat, stream-lining the systems and procedures of the organisations, training members in book-keeping and financial management and developing a strategic plan for the future.
With MOH/Danida (Since 1994) NGO Support Programme.
CEDEP coordinates this programme of Ghana-Denmark Health Sector Support Projrct in the Upper West Region, strengthening the capacity of selected NGOs to facilitate community activities that promote good health in the broadest sense. This includes training in project management, organising credit and revolving funds and helping groups identify their needs and decide on courses of action. In 1998 CEDEP helped to strengthen sub-district level structures (Area/Zonal councils and Unit Committes)
With Voluntary Service Overseas, JOCV and German Development Service Volunteers Orientations
CEDEP has run two and three week courses for volunteers from these agencies for several years. CEDEP facilitate sessions on Ghanaian languages, the political economy of Ghana, Ghanaian cooking , working with communities, and understanding Ghanaian culture.