Early History

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.


To empower people irrespective of their social status to make informed decisions that can enable them to effectively combat unemployment and poverty as well as influence related policy at different levels of society.


The centre has a vision to become a leading organisation that can effectively tackle causes and consequences associated with unemployment and poverty in Africa.

Structure and Legal Status

The Centre is registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission as an organisation Limited by Guarantee under the Law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. CEDAR is governed by a Board of Directors and a group of local and international professional Advisors.

The Programme Staff is made up of:-

  • Programme Officers and Associates
  • Part Time Project Assistants
  • Local and International Volunteers and Interns
  • Zonal and Country Representatives.

The Centre also engages a pool of expert multi-disciplinary associates that are committed to human development.

Where We Work

With Head Office in Ibadan, Nigeria, CEDAR undertakes programme activities through Focal Points in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria and collaborates through country representatives in some African countries (Benin Republic, Togo, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Cameroon, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya) as well as in the U.S.A and U.K.

The centre had also been a practicum site for the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, Missouri, USA and also had an online Entrepreneurship Training Exchange partnership with Project Empowerment International and St Augustine’s College, North Carolina.