CESE is an ecumenical organisation comprising churches that are joined in a commitment to affirm life, based on the ideal of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. CESE’s mission is to strengthen organisations of civil society, especially people’s organisations, that are working for political, economic and social transformation leading to structures in which democracy with justice prevails. CESE acts as an intermediary for funding, and promotes dialogue, networking and capacity building.
CESE’s main activity is the Small Projects Programme in which hundreds of small one-off grants are made each year to projects in a wide range of sectors and in all regions of the country. CESE also provides some larger-scale support for the work of organisations or networks and participates in capacity development initiatives.
In dialogue and networking CESE engages with agencies of international cooperation, churches, NGOs and people’s organisations.