Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP)
CEDEP works to ensure that all people, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity, enjoy their rights without discrimination. CEDEP was formed by members of the LGBT community and at its inception in 2007, it was the first organisation working with LGBT rights in Malawi. CEDEP is still the only LGBT organisation in Malawi of some weight and works in 14 out of Malawi’s 28 districts.
As a LGBT+ organisation CEDEP has strong relations to the MSM target group and has managed to bring the MSM community together through numerous empowerment projects.
Even if transgender people and sex workers were not initially part of the CEDEP’s target group, its broad human rights perspective and experience with marginalised populations, has led to the addition of those groups as well.
CEDEP has strong skills within political advocacy. CEDEP has worked closely with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Justice in collecting data on MSM – and uses a strong network within the political sphere to put pressure on relevant authorities whenever cases of human rights violations related to sexual orientation are brought to light.
CEDEP’s efforts, in several instances with the encouragement of and support by The Danish AIDS Foundation, have led to the inclusion of provisions of non-discriminatory services to KPs in Malawi’s HIV and AIDS Policy.
CEDEP also works to create awareness and build tolerance in law enforcement to ensure that LGBTI people are not unlawfully arrested or discriminated against. CEDEP has strong competences within advocacy, documentation, gender identity and sexual orientation, counselling, HIV/AIDS and mobilisation of vulnerable populations.
CEDEP has carved out a position as a political factor in Malawi and it has been instrumental in ensuring the rights of marginalised populations.
CEDEP is member of a number of networks, including Sex Workers Association of Malawi. CEDEP was the first and is still the only significant LGBTI organisation in Malawi.