The Local Development Center (Cuba)

Local Development Center (CEDEL) - Cuba

The Local Development Centre is a member organisation of Cuba’s Ministry of Sciences, Technology and the Environment (CITMA). Their mission is to develop and promote research and programs dedicated to economic, social and environmental initiatives within the different municipalities of the island.

CEDEL helps the municipalities’ Popular Councils in their process of development. Composed of teams of multidisciplinary professionals (geographers, sociologists, architects, etc), CEDEL offers training in project management and supports locally elected officials to realise municipal development plans. As such, CEDEL helps to increase community-based autonomy, allowing people to take charge of their own development and improve their living conditions.