Welcome to CEDEP: The Centre For The Development Of People.

CEDEP is a registered human rights organisation dedicated to addressing the needs, improving the lives, and providing support for some of Malawi's most neglected minority groups through civic education, training, capacity building, networking and research.

We believe that improving he welfare of minority groups, including prisoners, sex workers, and those in same-sex relationships, is crucial to the health and well-being of all peoples.

To learn more, please visit our Programmes page.


Latest News: CEDEP wins a new award and published its first book!

The Nyasa Times' inaugural Democracy and Human Rights Awards includes CEDEP!

The grouping of 91 nongovernmental and civil society organisations all work toward the promotion, protection of human rights and good governance in Malawi. CEDEP has been honoured for its work to address the needs and challenges of minority groups – such as gays, lesbians and sex workers – in Malawi, in the context of human rights, health and social development.

To read the full article, please see our Media page.

CEDEP in association with South Africa's 'Gay And Lesbian Memory in Action' has published a groundbreaking new book entitled Queer Malawi: Untold Stories.

Collecting the stories of twelve gay and lesbian Malawians, interviewed anonymously, Queer Malawi aims to inspire compassion and support for the rights of African LGBTI people to live freely and harmoniously alongside their heterosexual counterparts in Malawi and beyond her borders.

The book arrives just as the Malawian parliament has criminalised sex between women and a majority of UN members, many African, voted to remove LGBT people from among the vulnerable populations they seek to protect.

At a time when LGBT people across Southern Africa are facing tremendous challenges, CEDEP is working to give voice to this underrepresented and misunderstood population.

To learn more about Queer Malawi: Untold Stories, please visit our MEDIA page.

CEDEP develops healthier people living better lives.

  •  Inclusion of men who have sex with men (MSM) in the national HIV prevention action frame work 2009-2013.

  • Host of a national conference for 70 participants attended where a task force was formed to push for the health and human rights of Malawi's most at-risk populations.

  • Evaluation of the HIV prevalence, determinants of HIV infection, and Human Rights Contexts of men who have sex with men (MSM) in Malawi.

  • Dissemination of the MSM HIV sero-prevalence research results at the Malawi National annual HIV/AIDS Research and Best Practices Dissemination Conference and International Aids Conference in Mexico in 2008.

  • Publication of the MSM HIV sero-prevalence study in a reputable science journal called Plos One which can  be accessed here.

  • 350 MSM were better informed of the modes of HIV/AIDS and STIs transmission and means of prevention.

  • 20 Peer Educators trained on HIV/AIDS and their roles as peer educators.