Centre’s mission is to fight poverty and exclusion by strengthening the development capacities of disadvantaged communities, through support for initiatives to promote peace, human rights and equity, to mobilize resources and to encourage the pooling of know-how. It is committed to combining skills, humanism and voluntary service; to fostering populations’ capacity to control their own social and economic development; to contributing to the building of democracy; to promoting equity and gender equality; to providing humanitarian aid to disasterstricken communities; to giving priority to partnerships and strategic alliances.
CECI conducts development schemes in over 35 countries throughout the world. The Centre has supported over 500 organizations in the South, and implemented 150 large-scale projects. It employs some 2,000 volunteers and Canadian aid personnel working with local partners. CECI works in partnership with local organizations in order to enhance the work of civil society. It also collaborates with bilateral and multilateral cooperation agencies, regional banks, public bodies, private firms, institutional donors, charitable and specialized foundations and international NGOs. Acting in support of local initiatives in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Americas, including Canada, CECI uses its expertise in economic development, human rights, citizenship and democracy, social development, humanitarian action and reconstruction to help disadvantaged partners and populations. It makes its expertise available through its training, study and advisory Centre (CFEC), which provides technical and methodological back-up in specific areas. In the sphere of social development, in the light of the results of the World Summit for Social Development (Copenhagen, Denmark, 1995), CECI has developed an approach which takes the form of involving local non-profit organizations specializing in education or health care as value added in relation to government services. In recent years, CECI has conducted projects in this field in nine countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean as well as in Canada. CECI works actively in the field of human rights and democratic development, and its strategy for equitable development is to associate and mutually strengthen economic development, social development and the development of democracy. In this field, large-scale projects have been conducted in 13 countries of the South. Economic development and the fight against poverty represent one of the major facets of the range of activities conducted by CECI, which seeks to provide the maximum number of people with opportunities for taking a direct part in the production of goods and services for which there is a solvent demand.
CECI has organized over 750 training sessions, seminars or symposia, and workshops in developing countries. Some 20 studies and specialized publications have also been produced.