The Centre for Enterprise Development and Action Research (CEDAR) was established as a “help” centre for interested individuals and organizations, to respond to the causes and consequences of the alarming rate of poverty and unemployment in African economies.

The idea of the Centre was developed in 1995 out of the field experiences of the founder, Olusade Taiwo, (a female development researcher). This was further validated during a Stakeholders’ Brainstorming Seminar in September 1996, when the views of different stakeholders were sought and the Centre was formally launched.

CEDAR was later registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission in Nigeria as an organisation Limited by Guarantee in 2003.