Democratic Republic of Congo
Action for Reconciliation, Peace and Development
To promote women's rights and strengthen civil society's capacity to defend fundamental rights in Equateur Province, ACREPADE will organize workshops on human rights, women's rights and elections. ACREPADE will also set up consultation groups to allow civil society activists and provincial authorities to work together on these issues.
Action Large des Femmes Avocates
To improve citizens' access to justice in Lubumbashi and their knowledge of their legal resources available to them. The women-run organization ALFA seeks first-time Endowment funding to strengthen its legal clinic, educate local citizens on better ways to access the judicial courts and their civil and human rights, and make justice issues a greater part of their lives through theatrical sketches aired on TV.
Aide et Action pour la Paix
To promote peaceful land management in North Kivu Province and greater inclusion of women in land management, AAP will organize workshops on gender equality and good land management, integrate a women's rights component to its training of youth peace forums, explain to civil society the importance of gender equality in applicable land law, and advocate for greater gender parity.
Alliance Féminine pour le Développement
To improve women's contribution to public affairs and strengthen civil society in Punia Territory, ALFED will hold two workshops to train community leaders and civil society activists on civic education and ways to improve their advocacy. Activists will organize in groups that will lead information sessions in their towns, ultimately reaching 16,000 people. ALFED will also hold dialogues with community and customary leaders to discuss democratic ideals, the electoral process, and civic responsibilities with an emphasis on women's rights.
Ambassade Chrétienne pour la Paix au Congo
To improve understanding of democratic principles and promote a culture of respect for democratic values in the Bas-Congo Province, ACPC will build the capacity of the community leaders and require them to instruct people in their respective communities. The training manual topics will focus on raising awareness on the importance of democracy and inspire the people of Bas Congo to uphold democratic values throughout the province.
Amis de Nelson Mandela pour la Defense des Droits de l'Homme
To increase the urban and rural populations' awareness of their civic and human rights and improve their relationship with state authorities, ANDMH will hold 144 tribunals of popular expression allowing the people to voice their concerns in public. ANDMH will also hold press conferences with key stakeholders.
Association des Femmes des Medias du Sud Kivu
To help increase women's representation and participation in rural radio stations in South Kivu Province and to improve the quality of work of female radio journalists there. AFEM will expand its work training female journalists and placing them in an internship program. AFEM will also lay the groundwork for a network of women journalists in South Kivu and produce radio shows.
Association des Jeunes Femmes du Maniema
To strengthen the justice system and raise citizen conscious on good governance in Kasongo Territory of Maniema Province, AJFMa will organize two mobile court sessions and four popular expression tribunals to educate citizens and increase dialogue between them and officials. AJFMa will also organize 15 citizen debates in Kasongo Territory and create additional good governance committees.
Association for the Development of Rural Population Initiatives
To improve the prison system in North Kivu Province, ASSODIP will hold workshops in Walikale and Kiwanja on prisoner rights and the law, continue its monitoring in prisons and cells, document abuses in those areas, and update its map of prisons. It will support community radio programming on prison conditions and maintain its lobbying campaign to improve prison conditions.
Association Paysanne pour le Développement Intégré au Sud-Kivu
To combat community conflicts in the High Plateau region of South Kivu and expand its radio coverage, APDIK will organize trainings course for its journalists and technicians, and train its radio club members on ways to use radio to promote community harmony. It will also develop its local news programming and purchase equipment for its newly expanded radio station.
Association pour le Developpement Communautaire des Femmes
To contribute to local good governance and transparency in Kahonda commune of Maniema Province, ADECOF will train chiefs on their new roles under the planned decentralization process and organize monthly meetings with neighborhood chiefs, police and local judges on their concerns with that process. It will also organize 24 information sessions with the local population ways to demand greater local government accountability under decentralization.
Bureau Islamique pour la Défense des Droits Humains (BIDH)
To break down cultural barriers to Muslim women's civic participation in Maniema Province and to mobilize Muslim women to contribute to political and decision-making processes. BIDH will conduct a brainstorming workshop with local leaders, organize various trainings, lobbying and advocacy campaigns, and produce radio programs that encourage acceptance and greater support for Muslim women's civic participation.
Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
To promote freedom of speech and reduce abuses to people's right to assembly during the post-electoral period, CDH will organize 15 workshops throughout Katanga Province on demonstrations and the proper role of security forces in maintaining order. Participants will then form observatory cells and report on abuses to those and other civic and human rights. CDH will also provide legal and social assistance to indigent victims of human rights abuses.
Centre d'Appui pour le Developpement Rural et Communautaire
To combat human rights abuses in Masisi Territory and contribute to citizen awareness of human rights, CADERCO will create 15 human rights monitoring committees in the territory and train its members who will then report regularly on abuses. CADERCO will also train committee members to explain the constitution to fellow citizens.
Centre d'Etude et de Formation Populaire pour les Droits de l'Homme
To help improve the judicial system in the Kasai Orientale Province, CEFOP will document abuses by the judicial system, train investigators and provide judicial assistance to a limited number of victims. CEFOP staff will publish a report of illegal detention and organize exchange sessions on civilian and military legal matters. CEFOP will also create and maintain a website with information on human rights in Kasai-Orientale.
Centre d’Etudes et d’Encadrement pour la Participation au Développement Endogène
To reduce the effects of insecurity on citizens and promote greater civic engagement among youth in South Kivu. CEPDE will reinforce its five civic education clubs and create an additional ten in Bukavu and Uvira. It will also create a civic education network in five parts of South Kivu to connect the youth civic education clubs with the rest of the community and have them report on political activities and organize civic awareness activities.
Centre de Recherche sur L'Environnement, la Democratie et les Droits de l'Homme
To reduce cases of torture and arbitrary arrest in North Kivu Province, CREDDHO will produce reports based on research field trips on torture and illegal detention throughout the province. It will also follow and denounce cases of torture and illegal detention, organize lobbying panels composed of security officials and civil society to advocate against such abuses, and train and inform military and police on laws protecting human rights.
Centre Feminin de Formation et d'Information pour le Developpement
To reduce incidents of conflict in Kasai-Oriental Province and promote greater participation of women in conflict management, CEFIDE will train local men and women on conflict diagnosis, conflict mitigation, and advocacy techniques. In addition to this, CEFIDE will organize hundreds of community-based meetings to discuss the various conflicts. CEFIDE will also form advocacy committees to pressure authorities into including women in conflict resolution mechanisms.
Collectif des Femmes de l'Equateur
To advocate for a greater inclusion of women in decision-making and encourage their participation in politics in Equateur Province, COLFEQ will organize workshops and focus group discussions on these issues. COLFEQ will train 60 women leaders on participative governance and electoral communication. All stakeholders will discuss the inclusion of women in decision-making during the focus group meetings.
Collectif des Organizations des Jeunes Solidaires du Congo Kinshasa
To contribute to peaceful political expression in six Kinshasa universities, COJESKI will train 40 student leaders in advocacy and grassroots management. It will organize 21 popular expression tribunals to exchange opinions among students, their academic officials, and national authorities. Approximately 120 student delegates will be expected to present their grievances to the president of the National Assembly, the prime minister and the president.
Commission Diocesaine Justice et Paix (CDJP) Mbandaka
To strengthen citizen involvement in local governance and dialogue between citizens and officials in Bikoro Territory of Equateur Province, CDJP-Mbandaka will educate local authorities on new notions of local governance and organize monthly awareness campaigns to teach citizens about their potential role in local governance. CDJP-Mbandaka will bring both groups together for monthly dialogues and focus groups meetings only for traditional authorities.
Commission Diocesaine Justice et Paix - Boma
To increase the level of citizen participation in local government in the Bas-Fleuve district of Bas Congo Province, CDJP-Boma will instruct members of its local participative governance committees on human rights, local development and decentralization. CDJP will also organize 20 exchange sessions between the committee members and provincial authorities. CDJP staff is planning a total of 12 field trips to follow up on these meetings.
Compagnie Tam-Tam Théâtre
To promote nonviolent conflict resolution and mutual understanding among 20 communities in Kinshasa, Tam-Tam Theatre will train local residents to develop theatrical sketches portraying differences in their communities that lead to destructive behavior. Residents will then organize participative theater sessions performing the sketches and discussing the problems addressed and ways to resolve those problems.
Congo en Images
To advance awareness and citizen demand for good governance in Oriental Province. CIM will improve civic consciousness by empowering citizens with knowledge of their rights and responsibilities and building their capacity to defend those rights through discussion forums, developing further its citizen monitoring committees, conducting civic education trainings and producing assorted forms of awareness materials through paintings and video.
Groupe LOTUS will increase collaboration and understanding between local authorities and civil society and diminish violence against civil society activists and members of the opposition in Orientale Province. Group LOTUS will organize 12 roundtables with the participation of human rights activists, civilian and military authorities, and representatives of labor unions and independent press agencies.
International Republican Institute
To increase the role that women and youth play in Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) political processes by developing their capacity to take on leadership positions within parties and the greater political arena. By increasing their leadership skills, they will be better prepared to seek leadership in their political parties. IRI will conduct nine (9) trainings - skills workshops and leadership academies - over the course of a twelve (12) month period.
Jeunes Paysans en Action
To promote women leaders in the Lukaya district of Bas-Congo Province and encourage their participation in local government, JPA will a hold a forum for women (especially potential leaders), and organize workshops and public debates on women's issues. The workshops will train approximately 120 grassroots activists who will be responsible for raising awareness on the status of women and lobbying for a greater inclusion of women in decision-making.
Journalists for Human Rights
To build the capacity of Congolese youth to report on human rights and good governance in the media. JHR will build off the training-of-trainer and rights media workshops of its previous grant and apply them to developing young journalists and their awareness of rights and governance issues in their reporting. JHR will also add activities and events specifically tailored to youth, such as a short-form documentary production, student-organized debates, and a student journalism prize contest.
Maniema Liberte MALI
To help make community radio station MALI more self-sustainable and professional in its programming and to help bridge the information gap between rural and urban areas of Maniema Province. MALI will purchase new radio equipment and strengthen its ability to produce and broadcast relevant news to the populations of Kindu and three isolated territories of Maniema Province.
Mouvement Intellectuel pour le Changement
To strengthen civic engagement in the democratic process in North Kivu and encourage greater local government responsiveness, MIC will organize ten dialogues between provincial elected officials and citizens (especially youth) on the most pressing governance issues of the day. MIC will help create recommendations and points of consensus at the end of these four-hour dialogues and press government officials to respond to the recommendations.
To strengthen the capacity of local communities in Maniema Province to protect their land rights, Mwanga Association will gain legal recognition for its citizen-based forest protection committees. Mwanga association will also organize a march in the provincial capital on land rights, two press conferences, a three-day training seminar to improve their committees' understanding of land rights, and it will provide legal assistance to disenfranchised landowners.
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
The Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC's) political parties rely on regional and ethnic support rather than policy-based outreach. Electoral tensions recently added obstacles to political dialogue. NDI technical assistance would help parties develop policies on national issues while continuing to support interparty dialogue. The Institute would build parties' policy development capacity and foster peaceful dialogue through multiparty workshops, individualized technical assistance, and public forums.
Promotion de la Democratie et Protection des Droits Humains
To improve fairness and transparency in the land regime of North Kivu Province, PDH will conduct sensitization campaigns on land titles, organize land conflict mediation sessions, and work with authorities to reconcile the practice and enforcement of official and customary land laws. PDH will also provide legal help in 15 cases on land disputes.
Protection International - Bukavu
To strengthen human rights defenders' ability to prevent and respond to threats against themselves and their beneficiaries in North and South Kivu. Protection International will conduct nine follow-up trainings in North and South Kivu to draft tailored security plans for roughly 22 participants and their organizations per training.
To improve relations between the security services and local communities in South Kivu Province, Radio Maendeleo will organize debates between the population and security services on civil-military relations and produce several radio shows and publicity spots on security services in local communities. Based on the debates, it will organize a roundtable compiling recommendations from the debates and will produce a newsletter on insecurity in the province.
To increase the quality of independent radio and strengthen the skills of young journalists in North Kivu Province, Radio Mutaani will produce four locally-focused radio programs, develop its website, and organize a workshop and mentorship program for young journalists.
Réseau d'Education Civique au Congo
RECIC will promote good governance in urban Kinshasa and maximize citizen participation in the 2012-13 election cycle. RECIC will operate in three communes in Kinshasa and set up "synergy teams" that will engage the population and the authorities through a series of workshops, forums and tribunals of popular expression.
To facilitate a permanent dialogue and peaceful cohabitation between the population and the police, Securitas will organize four training seminars on the role of police in protecting citizens and ways for police to incorporate human rights in their work. It will also organize four public forums on human rights, and open a human rights resource center.
Societe Civile du Kasai Oriental
To increase the local population's input in decision-making, SOCIKOR will interview them during two major investigations. Information collected from the investigations will be compiled into a report. which in turn will be used by provincial authorities as they try to learn more about their constituents' needs.
Societe Civile pour les Droits de l'Homme
To pressure authorities into improving prison conditions in Bas-Congo Province, SCIPDHO will inspect five prisons, and present their findings at a press conference. SCIPDHO will provide legal assistance to 70 prisoners, and meet with the relevant provincial authorities to ensure the remaining prisoners receive proper treatment.
Solidarité pour la Promotion Sociale et la Paix
To train its grassroots structures in human rights monitoring and prepare the population in Kinshasa and North Kivu for local elections, SOPROP will produce and distribute a human rights training manual, organize training seminars, lead investigations in Kinshasa and North Kivu on corruption and human rights, and conduct an electoral sensitization campaign in North Kivu. SOPROP will also produce and distribute posters and booklets to raise awareness of basic principles for free and fair elections.
Solidarite-Echange pour le Developpement Integral
SEDI will strengthen its institutional capacity, improve the human rights monitoring and reporting procedures and increase awareness of democratic principles and civic duties among the people of Uvira and Fizi. SEDI will train six investigators in human rights reporting, conduct sensitization campaigns to reach out to the local population and publish quarterly reports to share with authorities.
Voice of the Voiceless
To contribute to the respect of human rights and the consolidation of democracy in the DRC and to educate civil society on human rights and democracy in four towns of Bandundu and Equateur Provinces. VSV will organize training sessions on human rights and democracy for civil society representatives in these four towns. It staff will also undertake 48 investigations on human rights abuses and produce a biannual bulletin on the human rights and democracy situation.
Grant descriptions are from the 2012 NED Annual Report.