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CEDEAL is characterized by contributing to the democratization of society, through the generation of knowledge and actions that contribute to overcoming situations of social exclusion and gender and ethnic inequalities, to promote an active civil society oriented to the exercise of human rights, the strengthening of a civic culture and the generation of local capacities.

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The future projection of CEDEAL is specified in being the institution that leads the way in promoting a pedagogy of difference and plurality that affects the development of integrative and mobilizing capacities of the various efforts and synergies of a social and cultural nature, political, economic and environmental that favor the improvement of the quality of life and sustainable human development of disadvantaged groups, preserving the principles of innovation, ethics, solidarity and equity.

Principles and values

The principles and corporate values guiding the work of CEDEAL, are included in the statutes and in the practice of its code of ethics, which promote the personal capacities and the institutional team based on human and professional quality consistent with the reason for being of the institution :



With fair and impartial treatment of people and groups that promote gender, generational, ethnic and social claims, seeking access to equal opportunities, respecting differences.



In spaces that stimulate and promote the personal and professional growth of the members, the technical-administrative team, and the groups involved in the institutional work.



To the autonomy of each person involved with the Institution and their capacity to generate ideas and proposals that respond to the institutional commitment in fulfillment of the mission.



Our commitment to support underprivileged sectors of Ecuadorian society, to achieve their sustainable human development.

We combine experience with realities in the constant search for new action processes that lead to achievements of social impact, and continuous institutional improvement.



All personal and institutional acts are governed by honesty, loyalty and transparency.

Institutional Services

Participatory management of social and environmental conflict resolution, sustainable management of natural resources, development plans, programs and sustainable projects for community development.

Design of compensatory and alternative education programs and processes, gender and human rights approaches.

Production of participatory methodologies for research, planning, project management, institutional and organizational strengthening, consensus building and cultural revitalization.


Training of local capacities of grassroots organizations, of women and young people in political, social, economic and cultural rights, in sexual and reproductive rights, and support in processes of proposal and advocacy for the enforceability of public policies.

Training for social actors and local governments in Public Policies, Legal Frameworks, Social Control Mechanisms; Territorial Management and Institutional Development.

Generation of alliances between various social actors through the operation of networks with a functional structure that promotes local and regional coordination.

Training and support for groups that generate productive initiatives; placement of credit under the approach of ethical and responsible entrepreneurship for its implementation.

Production of training and dissemination materials in texts and audiovisuals.

Design and preparation of projects, community monitoring systems, baselines; and evaluation of projects and programs.

Action Strategies


Encourage the construction of equity in society with the supportive participation of its actors, promoting gender equity, and the full enforcement of social, political, cultural, economic, environmental and diversity human rights.


Encourage the interweaving between knowledge generation, critical debate, strengthening of civil society and expansion of citizenship of women and of various ethnic groups, as key axes of institutional work, from a conception of rights that seeks to promote the development of deliberative capacities and citizen control.


Promote, conceive and develop educational processes, programs and projects for quality education and training that respond to local demand through the CEDEAL Occupational Center.


Strengthen, support and advise public and private capacities for the participation of social organizations and institutions in the processes of decentralization, local development, democracy and governance, with an orientation that promotes the social actor and autonomy of the partner organizations.


Promote and support local processes of conservation and sustainable use of natural resources through intervention, promotion and access to management by the populations, especially women.


Promote cooperation and convergence of efforts to propose, create and develop local networks and strategic alliances with public and private organizations and institutions to jointly promote sustainable human development, through participation or co-participation in projects and programs.


Design, manage and intervene efficiently and effectively with criteria of continuity over time, in programs and projects of formal and non-formal education, technical advice, generation and economic entrepreneurship, aimed at various sectors, promoting ethics in all its dimensions, the promotion of culture, respect for diversities, flexibility and adaptability of proposals to the needs and realities of the population, motivating creativity, tolerance, fostering dialogue and participation in intervention processes.


Participation in instances of dialogue with the government sector, especially with local governments seeking to achieve a greater degree of incidence in decision-making instances and public policies.


Promote active learning, continuous training of people and of the organization itself, through participation in events, self-training, and implementation in concrete work actions.


Promote the institutional culture and the development of research actions, systematization and production of written and audiovisual documents on topics related to the work areas.

Lines of action

To comply with its lines of action, CEDEAL articulates its working method around four axes: targeting, synergies, comprehensiveness and generation of social capital. Gender and cultural equity are transversal axes.

It has a team of female and male professionals specialized in matters of institutional interest, both at the plant level and as external advisers / consultants.

Promotion and defense of Human Rights, with emphasis on the special rights of women and peoples.


Promotion of sexual and reproductive rights.


Local development with a gender perspective to strengthen planning and management capacities of local governments.


Organizational Development and local capacities.


Education for the promotion of citizen participation, police incidence and social control.


Alternative and compensatory education.


Protection, conservation and mitigation of the environment.


Social and Political Participation Area

Encourage citizen participation, promote the rights of people, especially women, and contribute to the improvement of their living conditions and their families.


Lines of action:

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National Training Program on Rights and Citizenship , promotes educational processes, strengthening of collective actions, organizational advice for political advocacy and improvement of the management of social organizations and local governments.

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Program for Strengthening and Social Participation of Women, promotes organizational development, access and articulation to decision-making spaces for advocacy on public policies with gender equality, and the promotion of a culture of citizen participation and social responsibility and exercise of rights.


Local Development and Governance Program, with emphasis on education, training, technical advice to improve institutional capacities for planning, management of local governments, promoting citizen participation, strengthening spaces and mechanisms aimed at social control.

Economic Generation Area

Promote Economic Rights with the generation of training actions for production processes, alternative marketing networks, technological innovations, and solidarity savings and credit spaces.

Lines of action:

Economic Entrepreneurship Program, favors the promotion, dissemination and exercise of the economic rights of populations; entrepreneurial processes, organization of savings and credit systems, self-generation of employment, and productive business activities.

Ecological Agriculture and Environmental Conservation Program, seeks to improve the living conditions of the populations of marginal urban and rural neighborhoods, with the implementation of clean production processes that generate food security, increase the income level and support the environment.

Cultural and Educational Intervention Area

Promotion of Social and Cultural Rights with the implementation of educational programs that provide a knowledge base, strategic tools for problem solving, the promotion of proposals, the development of skills and aptitudes for development in the social environment as active people , participatory and authentic.

Lines of action:

Compensatory Education-Functional Literacy Program, for the insertion in the formal educational system of adult women and men, promoting the recognition and appreciation of cultural diversity, with pertinent educational proposals and based on ancestral knowledge.

Education Program for the experience and exercise of sexual and reproductive rights, promotes responses that seek to increase levels of responsibility for a satisfactory and dignified coexistence among human beings, through education and socialization of experiences that favor the construction joint proposals against sexuality, STIs, HIV / AIDS and adolescent pregnancy, with the general population, with young men and women from rural and marginal urban communities

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Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Promote responses that seek to increase the levels of responsibility for a satisfactory and dignified coexistence among human beings, through education and socialization of experiences that favor the joint construction of propositions against sexuality, STIs, HIV / AIDS and the early pregnancy, with the general population, and of rural and marginal urban communities.

Active participation of groups of women and young people in general in the identification of problems; formulation and execution of projects, formation of promotion teams, evaluation of results.

Identification and interaction with institutional actors, collectives and groups involved in the community.

Strengthening of public policies related to Sexual and Reproductive Rights and the eradication of gender violence.

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Establishment of strategic alliances with groups and institutions to leverage the processes underway.

Formation and strengthening of groups / networks for prevention.

Research and Publications Area


The workspaces are a laboratory and source of data and knowledge about the social, political and economic realities of population groups, being also a key element within the institutional work as a framework of orientation and reference for the implementation of institutional interventions.


The institutional work experience has been developed with men and women, fulfilling the institutional mandate, positive action is exercised working with groups of diverse women. Without abandoning the efforts started, the experience of institutional work has focused on mixed community groups and women, and their grassroots organizations, considering targeting under the criteria of gender, ethnic and social inequalities. The strategy is oriented to the promotion and vindication of their special rights together with the groups, in such a way as to influence the integral improvement, the valuation and public presence and, the generation of relationships with the organizations and local governments present in the space. territorial of their actions.

The action of CEDEAL in its institutional trajectory reaches an approximate number of:





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Geographic Work Area

  • Pichincha Province

  • Esmeraldas Province

  • Carchi Province

  • Imbabura Province

  • Cotopaxi Province

  • Manabi Province

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