Our Projects

Enterprise and Local Economic Development

Small and micro enterprises in the area of business incubation, business plan development, microfinance, group development, mentoring, information sharing, market research, technology adoption, skills development opportunities and micro-credit

In 2007 CEDAR had a partnership with the University of Ibadan Distance Learning Centre (DLC) to mainstream Entrepreneurship into curriculum and act as a support centre for university students.


Some of the past researches undertaken by CEDAR include the following:-

  1. CIVICUS Civil Society Index (CSI), Community Sample Research (CSR) for ActionAid International Abuja. 2005-2006
  2. Rapid Assessment of the Impact of Liberalization and Foreign Private Investment in Agriculture for Food Security and Food Sovereignty in Nigeria: A Case Study of Zimbabwean Farmers in the Kwara Basin. Consultancy funded by HeinriBoell Foundation. 2005
  3. Community Empowerment Needs Assessment (CENA) and Skills Capacity Building sponsored by the World Bank Institute. 2003
  4. A Community Research and advocacy project on Poverty Knowledge and Policy Processes in Uganda and Nigeria in collaboration with Institute of Development Studies (IDS) Sussex funded by DfID. 2001-2002
  5. Capacity Building for Decentralised Development Research Project and Training. 1997

Specific Projects

Global Entrepreneurship Initiative.

The project involved Business Plan Development Training in Lagos, Ibadan between youths in Nigeria and USA, in collaboration with St Augustine University, North Carolina and Project Empowerment Initiative USA.

Capacity Strengthening for Food Processing Microenterprises in Nigeria is a Cost Sharing arrangement with Centre for Development of Enterprises, Belgium. It was a capacity building intervention based on findings of an action research for micro food processors in Bauchi, Akwa Ibom, Oyo, Ondo, Lagos, Ekiti and Osun States of Nigeria.

Some of the outputs include databases of agricultural machinery fabricators, producers and processors in the area of Cassava and Palm Oil as well as results of non-regulatory analysis of various food samples of the processors within our network. SOS Villages Family Strengthening Project in Oyo, Plateau, Lagos, Ogun and Kaduna States involved:-

  1. Entrepreneurship Training for Youths
  2. Financial Management Training
  3. Social Business Design and Monitoring
  4. Microfinance administration advisory
  5. CBO Governance and Systems Strengthening for CBOs and women’s groups

The Centre is the organiser of the 1st West African Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (WA-YES) in collaboration with Distance Learning Centre University of Ibadan and ADCOME Cameroon in September 2008. The Summit hosted over 300 existing and aspiring youth entrepreneurs from West Africa for activities and exhibitions in different enterprise sectors.