Comité Ecuménico para o Desenvolvimento Social (CEDES)

The Repatriation Resettlement and Rehabilitation Programme of the Christian Council of Mozambique, Lutheran World Federation and Caritas Mozambique was transformed into the Ecumenical Committee for Social Development (CEDES). This change coincided with the end of the process of repatriation and CEDES began focusing from 1998 onwards more on the reconstruction of social infrastructures such as schools, health posts and water facilities, which prior to the war had been non-existent or which during the war had been destroyed. During this period CEDES defined its Mission as: “To develop sustainable participatory and empowering community development, which contribute to improvements in their standards of living and when necessary to provide a rapid response in humanitarian situation of needs”.