CEDAS Trust was incorporated, and endowed in Harare, Zimbabwe on September 17th, 2002 by Hans P. Binswanger-Mkhize, its Chairman. Its objective is to “develop and assist with the scaling up of community, livelihood and enterprise development for stigmatized people in sub-Saharan Africa”. Stigmatized groups in Africa include adults and children living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA); orphans; commercial sex workers; albinos, and people with disabilities, and many more.
The CEDAS Board of Trustees, consisting of six Zimbabwe nationals, a doctor, an HIV and AIDS activist, a teacher, a lawyer, a chartered accountant, and a businessman, and two Swiss nationals, the chairman and his daughter, who is also a medical doctor. The majority of the Board members are HIV positive, which provides them special insights into their target group.
CEDAS USA is a Nonprofit Organization recognized by the US Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt 401 (c) corporation. It raises resources for CEDAS Trust Zimbabwe and for similar programs in Southern Africa. It has its own board chaired by Ingrid Binswanger.