Cestas is an Ngo recognized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and it is an association of social promotion for development education’s activities recognized by the Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy.

It is recognized by Emilia-Romagna and the Marche Regions as institution of postgraduated education and vocational training. It is a founding member of Coonger (Coordination of NGOs in Emilia-Romagna Region) and Solidarity Marche (Coordination of cooperation and international solidarity organizations of the Marche Region). It is a member of the European network Action for Global Health, the Italian Observatory on AIDS and the States General of the Italian cooperation.

Since 2007 is part of the International network of research and training on perinatal health (Retinsap).

Cestas collaborates with the Ministries of Health of Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Lebanon, Namibia, Pakistan, Peru, Venezuela and Yemen.

Among the main donors there are the Inter-American Development Bank, the Italian decentralized Cooperation, the Andean Development Corporation, the Italian Ecuadorian Fund, the Global Fund, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Social Development of Chile and the European Union.