About CED

What are we about?

CED came into being 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

We’re still keen on professionalism, on helping people who are poor because of the injustices of our world and in everything being aware that we do it because Jesus cares. We respect the beliefs of others and though we want to introduce them to Jesus, would see it as contrary to his teaching to oblige people to listen to our message as a condition of receiving help.

What do we do?

CED offers a quality professional engineering service at minimum cost to overseas communities and development agencies to enable them to address some of the underlying causes of poverty and ill-health.

CED policy is to establish partnerships with local communities and promote self-help with the maximum use of local resources of manpower and materials.

CED does not have projects of its own; it always helps local communities or organisations with their own projects, provided they are considered viable.

CED raises funds for its core activities of building and developing partnerships and exploring new initiatives. CED is not a funding agency in its own right and therefore cannot directly fund projects. However CED can, and often does, assist with fund-raising documentation and offer fund-raising advice.

How do we operate?

Although it is a charity, CED is a company limited by guarantee with around 70 members and many supporters. It has no office; there are no paid staff. Nevertheless our members, all part time, provide a professional service. On occasions when work is particularly demanding members will receive basic remuneration and  at times consultants are employed.
When a project is identified, CED works with our partners to obtain finance. Once funding is in place the project is carried out with responsibility pushed as far as possible to the recipient community to ensure their ownership of the result.
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.
In addition members may help in the running of the organization by assisting with publicity, funding applications, project evaluation etc.
Some groups meet virtually rather than physically and we aim to make good use of Skype, email and the website forum to keep in touch.
Members are also encouraged to attend regional meetings. Currently we have two Regional Groups, meeting in Glasgow and London. We aim to start more groups as and when there are sufficient members living in any one geographical area.
The CED Board meets quarterly to discuss progress of the projects and deal with various house-keeping matters.
CED aims to keep overheads as low as possible. We have a part-time paid administrator and also employ a part-time engineer in Uganda. Other project staff are employed if necessary. Most members give their time freely but can be reimbursed for lost earnings if they travel overseas for a site visit. No Board members are paid.
Each year we combine an Open Day with our AGM. Anyone interested in the work of CED is welcome to attend. For details please see the News page and Get Involved.

CED is a member of the Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland. (NIDOS)