Democratic Republic of Congo

Action Pour la Réconciliation, Paix et Développement (Action for Reconciliation, Peace, and Development) (ACREPADE)
To promote the right for Pygmies to own land in the villages of Penzele, Kalamba, and Bikoro of Equateur Province. ACREPADE will organize workshops in each of the villages to discuss the obstacles to indigenous land ownership and devise strategies to reach this objective. ACREPADE will also organize radio broadcasts throughout the state and community radio stations in Mbandaka to educate Equateur residents about the situation facing the indigenous people.

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
To enhance the capacity of worker organizations to defend worker and human rights in target sectors. The Solidarity Center will support the organization of three distinct technical groups that will prepare policy documents for a three-day national conference for 71 labor representatives and select academic, government, and civil society partners.

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
To promote worker and trade union participation in national and provincial governance and policy formulation. The Solidarity Center will support national and provincial union representatives, workers, and civil society partners to meet with government agencies to exchange views to devise and negotiate national and provincial policy and programs. They will also enhance the capacity of worker organizations to curb child, forced, and debt labor in the Katangan mining sector.

Association des Jeunes Femmes de Maniema - Association of Young Women in Maniema (AJFMa)
To promote peace and access to justice in the rural communities in southern Maniema. AJFMa will mobilize the Kasongo court to organize in situ trials in the villages of Rudika, Mulangabala, and Kirungu to bring the judiciary and the rural residents of southern Maniema closer together and provide women alternatives to the gender biased dispute resolution institutions found in rural Maniema.

Association Mwanga
To promote greater government accountability in the management of natural resources and respect for community interests in Maniema Province. Mwanga will advocate for an equitable and accountable system in the management of Maniema’s forests that respects the rights of Maniema’s rural communities

Association pour le Developpement des Initiatives Feminines (Association for the Development of Women’s Initiatives) (ADIF)
To oppose the practice of state predation on communities in Kailo, Pangi, and Kibombo territories of Maniema. ADIF will defend the rights of rural women against illegal taxation by local authorities and develop sustainable community-based women-led organizations to advocate for the respect of the rule of law in the local administrations.

Association pour les Victimes de la Répression en Afrique (Association for Victims of Oppression in Africa) (AVRA)
To promote accountability and respect for the rule of law in the customary tribunals in Kindu and Kailo. AVRA will help facilitate the development of mechanisms to formalize the working relationship and collaboration between the customary tribunals and the state criminal courts.

Baraza la Haki za Binadamu (Space for Human Rights) (BHB)
To promote accountability and responsibility in the Congolese national police force in Equateur province. BHB will inform rural communities of Lisala, Mbandaka, and Gemena about their rights; monitor and report police misconduct; and initiate legal action against police officers who consistently fail to comply with the law and abuse the rights of Congolese citizens.

Bureau Islamique pour les Droits de l’Homme (Islamic Office for Human Rights) (BIDH)
To promote greater participation of Maniema’s Muslim community in the democratic process. BIDH will begin with a three-day workshop for 25 participants to produce a common approach for the Muslim community in Maniema and organize a series of two-day meetings each quarter for 20 people to evaluate the state of the government institutions in Maniema and their responsiveness to Muslim concerns.

Centre des Droits de l’Homme et du Droit Humanitaire (Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law) (CDH)
To protect the freedom of expression for Congolese citizens. CDH will hold six seminars in Lubumbashi, Likasi, Kasumbalesa, Kolwezi, Kamina, and Kalemie on freedom of expression for all Congolese citizens and the right to objective information in the media.

Centre d’Etudes et de Formation Populaires pour les Droits de l’Homme (Study and Training Center for Human Rights) (CEFOP)
To promote citizen action to denounce sexual violence and press charges against perpetrators of sexual violence in a court of law. CEFOP will organize analysis sessions on the new laws on sexual violence in Eastern Kasai, Mbuji Mayi, and Mwene Ditu to promote greater legal protection for victims of sexual violence. The sessions will involve participants from the justice system, the media, religious organizations, women’s organizations, and health providers.

Centre d’Etudes Juridiques Appliquées (Center for Applied Legal Studies) (CEJA)
To promote accountability and respect for the rule of law in North Kivu Province. CEJA will provide legal assistance to victims of sexual violence to encourage greater trust in the justice system. CEJA will also continue its training course for paralegals with an emphasis on citizen checks and balances over government action, broadcast the radio show “Point of View,” publish its quarterly newsletter Racines, and distribute its human rights monitoring report.

Centre de Recherche sur l'Environnement, la Democratie, et les Droits de l'Homme (Research Center on the Environment, Democracy, and Human Rights) (CREDDHO)
To promote citizen participation in the monitoring of provincial and local government in North Kivu. CREDDHO will hold a four-day workshop on legislative lobbying and good governance monitoring in Kiwanja. CREDDHO will also collect draft resolutions affecting the social and economic interests of local constituents and organize brain-storming sessions with CREDDHO’s legal officers and two provincial parliament members for their possible endorsement within the provincial assembly.

Comité d’Action pour le Développement Intégral (Action Committee for Complete Development) (CADI)
To contribute to the reduction of illegal trade and taxation in markets and ports in South Kivu. CADI will organize a five-day training session on good governance in the management of markets, ports, borders, and roads with 100 participants from the towns of Uvira and Fizi territories, including Uvira, Kigongo, Runingu, Kiliba, Sange, Luvungi, Lubarika, Kahungwe, Makobola, Swima, Mboko, Braka, and Fizi.

Groupe Chrétien d’Appui aux Orphelins et personnes vulnérables pour la promotion de la paix (Christian Support Group for Orphans and Vulnerable Persons for Peace) (GAO)
To promote participation of young people and young adults in the democratization process. GAO will organize workshops on youth participation in community action and engagement in democratic processes and develop sustainable dialogue between young people in Bukavu’s poorest slum, Essence Major Vunga, and the five elected parliament members representing the city of Bukavu.

Groupe Lotus
To contribute to the reduction of violence in the rural areas of Oriental Province . Groupe Lotus will organize four-day workshops with 15 traditional authorities, 15 public administrators, 10 religious leaders, and 10 influential public figures in 12 urban and rural centers to discuss the recent amendments to the national land laws, the place traditional customs hold under the law, and strategies for conflict resolution by reconciling the differences between customary practice and national law.

Groupe Lufalanga
To promote nonviolent approaches to advocacy in Mangobo and Kabundu communes. Group Lufalanga will work with youth associations to develop organizational and advocacy skills to express the interests of their communities and avoid political manipulation.

Haki za Binadamu (HBM)
To stimulate greater government involvement in the enforcement of constitutional laws regulating transparent and responsible artisanal mining. HBM will advocate for greater controls in the development and regulation of artisanal mining cooperatives with environmental safeguards and better working conditions to protect the rights of miners who currently work in very dangerous and precarious conditions.

Jeunes Paysans en Action (JPA)
To promote participation and public discourse on political issues in rural communities in Bas Congo. JPA will organize an extensive information campaign on citizenship and civic duty throughout Kasangulu territory in Bas Congo. The campaign will include radio and television announcements, posters, and banners to mobilize the public; training sessions in secondary schools focusing on democracy, governance, and human rights; and discussion sessions in schools and villages throughout Kasangulu territory.

Les Amis de Nelson Mandela pour les Droits de l’Homme (Friends of Nelson Mandela) (ANMDH)
To promote public vigilance in the fight against arbitrary arrest and detention. ANMDH will conduct regular visits to jails and prisons to identify cases of arbitrary and illegal detentions and make them the object of lobbying efforts, press releases, interviews, and monthly reports. ANMDH will also organize local watchdog committees who will lobby authorities and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) for the timely payment of salaries for police and military personnel.

Ligue des Electeurs (League of Voters)
To reinforce the commitment of the Congolese government to create and support a national independent electoral commission. Ligue des Electeurs will mobilize public opinion and advocate for the creation of an independent national electoral commission.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)
To increase the information available in the Congo on citizens’ views on matters of national interest such as Congolese expectations of newly elected leaders, peaceful coexistence in a post-conflict environment, decentralization reform, and livelihood issues. NDI will conduct a series of focus groups on the attitudes, interests, and concerns of Congolese throughout the country. NDI will then work with local partners to disseminate the focus group results to political parties, civic groups, government authorities, and the international community.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)
To foster a common understanding of the status and role of the opposition within a democratic polity. NDI will organize a series of roundtable discussions in Kinshasa and the province of Bas-Congo for political party leaders to identify major concerns regarding the state of democracy. NDI will also organize workshops on dialogue in post-transition environments in Kinshasa, bringing together leadership of the National Assembly, presidential advisors and leaders of major political parties, and civic and religious bodies.

Organisation pour la Sédentarisation, l'Alphabétisation et la Promotion des Pygmées ( Organisation for the Sedentarization, Education, and Advancement of Pygmies) (OSAPY)
To contribute to the formal recognition of the Pygmy chiefdoms as interlocutors in the parliament of Oriental Province. OSAPY will build the capacity of Pygmy communities to gain access to the political decision-making process and lobby for legislative revisions. OSAPY will conduct a training workshop to enable Pygmy leaders to advocate for full application of the electoral law, granting them access to the national senate and a voice in the parliament of Oriental Province.

Promotion de la Democratie et Protection des Droits Humains (Democracy and Human Rights Protection) (PDH)
To promote improved working conditions for judicial officials. PDH will organize a seminar for 60 judges and court officials on efforts underway to fight against corruption and obstacles to fair and speedy justice within the judicial system of North Kivu. PDH will also broadcast messages on corruption in the courts twice a month over state-run radio RTNC-Goma.

Promotion et Appui aux Initiatives Feminines (Promotion and Support for Women’s Initiatives) (PAIF)
To encourage women to participate in decision-making processes. PAIF will organize field visits to monitor human rights violations and lobby local village chiefs for the rights of women to participate in decision making. PAIF will also hold four three-day workshops on the future for women in politics in the aftermath of the 2006 and 2007 elections.

Radio Canal Revelation (RCR)
To promote the participation of rural communities in the democratic process and social reconstruction of Iturian society. RCR will generate a dynamic exchange on the link between rural development and justice, and afford rural residents an opportunity to record local debates about democracy issues at the local level for broadcast to a larger audience.

Radio Maendeleo
To improve public understanding of democracy and human rights issues. Radio Maendeleo will broadcast at least one civic education program a month focusing on elections, human rights, and local governance from one of its 50 radio clubs for a total of 50 broadcasts per year and host a training workshop for journalists and radio club activists on strategies for covering human rights and good governance issues.

Radio Nyota ya Asubuyi - Morning Star Radio (RNA)
To promote good governance and strong and responsible citizen participation in favor of the rule of law in northern Maniema. RNA will use its radio programming and radio listening clubs to educate local residents about their duties and rights as citizens while also shedding light on the exploitative practices of the provincial mining industry, logging companies, and local administrators.

Solidarité Pour la Promotion Sociale et la Paix (SOPROP)
To promote government-constituent dialogue and action in response to continued violations of human rights. SOPROP will organize fourteen training sessions for elected officials and community leaders to create seven joint Commissions for Good Governance and help public officials follow through on agreed upon objectives. SOPROP will continue to investigate and document human rights abuse and will also help to establish Citizen Justice Police Commissions to respond to human rights violations.

Solidarite pour l'Eclosion de la Democratie au Congo - Solidarity for the Emergence of Democracy in Congo (SEDC)
To promote participation of young people and young adults in the democratization process. SEDC will design and implement civic education and political advocacy programs to empower young people in the Kisangani commune of Mangobo, which is known for violent gang activity.

Synergie pour l’Assistance Juridique (Synergy for Legal Assistance) (SAJ)
To promote greater government action to end the culture of impunity, especially for victims of sexual violence in North Kivu. SAJ will organize five training sessions for court officials to ensure that they have a clear understanding of their duties and responsibilities in regards to Congo’s newly adopted law on sexual violence. SAJ will also meet regularly with the community-based groups to monitor and report on cases of sexual violence in North Kivu.

Umoja Wa Wanawake Wakulima (UWAKI – Maniema)
To reduce the practice of predatory taxation on farming communities in Kailo, Pangi, Kasongo, and Kabambare territories of Maniema Province. UWAKI will work with local business associations to mobilize rural women to oppose the illegal taxation of local market activities in southern and western Maniema.

Union of Religious and Secular Development Associations of Kimbanseke (UACDK)
To increase the cooperation between local representatives of political parties and community leaders in the interests of Kimbanseke Commune. UACDK will work with community, religious, and youth leaders; local heads of political parties; and representatives of other civil society groups to analyze causes of intolerance and develop a strategy for concrete action.

Unité de Production des Programmes d’Education Civique (Unit for the Production of Civic Education Programs) (UPEC)
To encourage citizen engagement among disillusioned voters, especially young people. UPEC will produce educational radio and television programming involving political actors in the newly elected national and provincial government in Kinshasa. The themes of the programs will include tolerance and fair play in politics. UPEC will also include a special series on public participation in the decision-making process in the management of the municipal infrastructure.

Voix du Handicapé pour les Droits de l'Homme - Voice of the Handicapped for Human Rights (VHDH)
To promote the rights of the handicapped against discrimination in the workplace and when seeking employment. VHDH will investigate working conditions in the public and private sector and lobby the Minister of Labor to incorporate the group’s findings in her decision making on handicapped legislation and policies concerning the workplace.