CEDE is a pro-democracy NGO and a peace and conflict think-tank which was established in 1994 by former president Amos Sawyer. CEDE organises and sponsors training sessions, seminars and conferences on issues related to democracy promotion, peace-building, human rights and sustainable development. It also provides consultancy services at all levels of government on the creation of democratic institutions. The Centre operates a Peace-Building and Security Programme. Notable activities have included a national conference on reconciliation and healing, a seminar on Liberia’s transition to democracy, a post-election roundtable, and a roundtable bringing together representatives of security agencies and the media. CEDE has been engaged in peace-building community activities, promoting disarmament before the elections and national reconciliation thereafter.