In January 2008, the Centre for Reconstruction and Development formerly known as Centre for Rural Reconstruction and Environment was restructured and reconstituted as a social and economic development non-governmental organisation. CREDEV was founded by the president, Mbuti Mboyam after 20 years of development work, particularly on rural infrastructure development with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Cameroon.
He developed community water supplies, rural infrastructure and worked on other poverty reduction programmes with rural communities. He discovered that though rural people live in abject poverty, but they have lots of untapped potentials to change their livelihoods. This was due to limited access to resources to develop their initiatives into realistic beneficial projects. CREDEV for these reasons was founded to support poor disadvantaged and vulnerable communities from a technical perspective to facilitate and consolidate their development. CREDEV promotes social and economic development with focus on rural water supplies, rural infrastructure development, agriculture, rights issues and environmental protection.