CED was formed in 1986 in response to a conviction that there was a need for professional engineers, and others, who were committed Christians with experience in developing countries to:
- Use their skills and resources in overseas development work within the framework of a professional association.
- Assist the poor in the developing nations to help themselves to overcome their poverty.
- Act as an agent for the Church in Britain to reach out to overseas neighbours in need by being associated both in prayer and financially with specific development opportunities
What do we do?
Our aim is to provide a quality professional engineering service through the skills of volunteer members in the UK. Because our overheads are very low we can offer our services at a minimum cost to overseas communities and development partners. We work to develop long-term relationships that enable our overseas partners to make a difference to the lives of the world’s most vulnerable communities, regardless of their race, colour, gender or religion. CED raises funds for its core activities of building and developing partnerships and exploring new initiatives. However, although we have funded some small projects with which members have been directly involved, CED is not a funding agency in its own right and does not directly fund projects for partners.
How do we operate?
When a project is identified, CED works with our partners and the local community to develop conceptual designs and ensure the ownership and engagement of the local community. The next stage involves preparing documentation that can be used to obtain quotations and seek finance. Once funding is in place the project is implemented by the local partner with support from CED, as far as possible using the recipient community to provide resources and labour.
Members are encouraged to participate in the work of CED as much as their circumstances allow. As and when appropriate, they may join groups to assist in individual projects: carrying out design work; checking calculations; conducting site visits to carry out feasibility studies or supervise work; or in supporting projects in whatever other way may be necessary.
Members can also help in the running of the organization by assisting with publicity, funding applications, project evaluation etc.
Members are encouraged to attend regional meetings. Currently we have three groups meeting in Inverness, Yorkshire and London.
CED is a member of the Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland (NIDOS).
We are keen on transparency and are registered with the International Aid Transparency Initiative
We you can view our most recent Annual Accounts by clicking here.