Asociación para el Desarrollo de El Salvador (CRIPDES) brings together over 300 local authorities in rural areas in seven of the country's fourteen provinces. The organization was established in 1984, during the civil war, to work with refugees and eventually with the refugees who returned to the country after the peace agreement. In recent years, CRIPDES has made efforts to promote the interests of the rural population, especially related to the protection of natural resources and access to land and infrastructure. They are very active partners in national associations. The work of women's rights and gender equality is high on their agenda.
Norwegian People's Aid started working with CRIPDES on the repatriation of refugees during the eighties and nineties. The cooperation was resumed in 2004.