Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Something about Centre for the Development of People (Cedep)

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 defends gay couple's marriage.

Tiwomge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza were arrested after publicly declaring their love for one another in an engagement ceremony in Blantyre on Saturday 26 December. They have been charged with gross indecency according to Section 156 of Malawi's penal code.

CEDEP director Gift Trapense defended them in The Daily TImes saying, " Unless the suspects were caught in the act, the law cannot take charge against them in the absence of evidence that they are involved in a sexual act. what these two people have done is expression of their legal rights. It is another way of testing our law which is silent on such matters. Here are two individuals who are expressing their sexual orientation as human beings. Therefore I do not see any reason why the government should intrude in such an issue."

To voice your support for Chimbalanga and Monjeza, please visit our Contact page.

CEDEP administrator Dunker Kamba has been arrested on charges that CEDEP's HIV education materials are pornographic. Such an accusation can only be retaliation for CEDEP's support of Chimbalanga and Molanje. Mr. Kamba is expected to appear in court on 6 January, and your support is very much appreciated. To contribute to the defense fund for these three men, please visit our Donate 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.

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