Congo, Democratic Republic 2020

Campaigning for the Direct Election of Governors

Actions pour la Justice, le Developpement et les Droits Humains

$74,603

To fight against political corruption in provincial government institutions, the grantee will promote legislation aimed at reforming gubernatorial elections. In addition to training civil society actors on corruption monitoring techniques in seven major cities, the grantee will sponsor a major awareness campaign that will include a free concert and the nationwide broadcasting of a song dedicated to more transparent gubernatorial elections.

Engaging Marginalized Communities to Promote Government Accountability

Centre de Formation et d’Action pour le Developpement

$49,900

To engage marginalized groups in the decision-making process and promote government accountability.  The grantee will engage women, youth, and other marginalized groups in a workshop on local corruption issues and the promotion of peace.  The organization will then work to include these groups in the drafting of a local development plan that addresses accountability issues.  Finally, the grantee will build the capacity of marginalized groups to run in local and municipal elections.  

Engaging Youth in the Promotion of Human Rights

Karibu Jeunesse Nouvelle Bukavu

$43,500

To build the capacity of youth organizations to monitor and advocate for human rights.  The organization will conduct a baseline study of human rights violations over the past three years and establish a human rights monitoring center.  The grantee will then host a capacity-building workshop to train leaders of youth organizations on monitoring and promoting human rights in South Kivu.   Finally, the organization will host the sixth edition of the KJN Festival to engage youth of human rights monitoring and advocacy.  

Engaging Youth to Promote Political and Human Rights

Congo Peace Network

$66,000

To engage youth in the democratic process and promote non-violent advocacy for improving human and political rights in the country. The organization will support their nine youth democracy clubs in Maniema and Tshopo provinces.  The grantee will hold a series of workshops to build the capacity of youth to pressure the government to hold democratic elections and promote good governance.  Finally, the organization will host a series of meetings with local government officials to advocate for good governance and respect for human rights.  

Enhancing Citizen Input in the Planning and Execution of the National Budget

Observatoire de la Dépense Publique

$54,000

To strengthen civil society’s capacity to monitor the national budget allocation and expenditures, the grantee will assist key stakeholders in producing detailed analysis reports on previously approved national budgets. The grantee will also prompt the government to better incorporate citizen interests in the national budget planning process by unveiling a civil society roadmap, holding town hall meetings, and launching a major awareness and advocacy campaign on this issue.

Enhancing Citizen Oversight of Public Policies

Ligue des Electeurs

$46,000

To help citizens participate in the formulation, implementation, and monitoring of public policies, the grantee will establish citizen oversight groups in six provinces of the DRC. The grantee will supervise the production of several public policy reports, which will guide its meetings with relevant authorities in the targeted provinces. It will also sponsor radio programs focused on the content of the policy reports.

Enhancing Youth Civic Engagement in Kinshasa Province

Espace Inter Plate-Formes des Jeunes

$65,000

To promote youth involvement in oversight of government actions, the grantee will convene several town hall meetings on the need for participatory budgeting and citizen access to public information. The grantee will also supervise an awareness campaign, which will include the organization of a free concert aimed at stressing the importance of participatory governance and citizen oversight of government actions.

Instituting E-Governance and E-Participation in Kasai-Oriental Province

Collectif pour le Developpement Economique, Social et Culturel Integre

$55,000

To incorporate information and communication technology in citizen oversight of government actions, the grantee will release two mobile applications to help document cases of injustice and public sector mismanagement. In addition to publishing a monthly magazine on local governance, the grantee will train local authorities, academics, and civil society actors on parliamentary procedures and the monitoring of public finances.

Instituting Open Government in the Barumbu and Ngaba Municipalities

Collectif 24

$49,165

To modernize the administration of two municipalities, the grantee will publish a guide on open government best practices, organize participatory governance trainings and symposiums, and contribute to the formulation of municipal action plans. In addition to introducing innovative mechanisms for strengthening citizen oversight of the municipal administrations, the grantee will ensure citizen access to public information by creating two websites for this purpose

Mobilizing Communities for Greater Government Accountability in Kinshasa and Kwango

Conference Episcopale Nationale du Congo

$77,071

Project to increase good governance, accountability and responsibility in government, and improve the quality of representation at the national and provincial levels, the grantee will promote dialogue and exchanges between deputies and their constituents around community issues with a view to finding a solution and improving the living conditions of citizens in the provinces of Kinshasa and Kwango. 

Monitoring Human Rights and Government Action in Former Orientale Province

Groupe Lotus

$59,817

To enhance relations between civil society and government officials. The grantee will hold several trainings, roundtables, forums, and town hall meetings with the participation of both groups. In addition to investigating human rights abuses during and after the electoral period, the grantee will frequently publish a pamphlet and special reports on the human rights situation. It will also air radio programs on the latest democratic challenges, and engage local authorities through regular meetings.

Preventing Human Rights Abuses and Protecting Civilians

Solidarite sans Frontiere

$70,000

To improve the capacity of local officials and security forces to protect the population of North Kivu. The grantee will engage the local population and security forces to promote collaboration on protecting civilians in rural areas.  The group will coordinate local protection committees in the targeted areas to monitor activities of armed groups in North Kivu and report human rights abuses.  Finally, the organization will regularly release reports on human rights violations and armed group activity.    

Promoting Accountability and Good Governance in the Provincial Assembly

Centre d’Appui a l’Education et au Developpement Communautaire

$48,500

To engage provincial assembly deputies in good governance best practices and to promote collaboration between deputies and Congolese civil society. The grantee will host a series of trainings designed to promote and augment collaboration between elected officials and CSOs.  Topics discussed will include communication, advocacy and lobbying, and unified messaging.  The grantee will also organize public forums to promote interaction and dialogue between citizens and their elected officials. A series of radio programs will inform citizens of updates in the electoral process.

Promoting Citizen Participation and Government Accountability in the Budgeting Process

Centre de Recherche sur l’Environnement, la Democratie et les Droits de l’Homme

$48,000

To promote active citizenship and promote government accountability in the budgeting process, the organization will host a series of workshops with CSOs and government officials on transparency in the local budgeting process.  The grantee will assist newly formed local governments with completing a needs assessment and support citizen participation in the drafting and implementation of a community development plan.  

Promoting Citizen Participation in Pro-poor Budgeting in the Province of Kwilu

Oeuvres Communautaires pour l’Auto-Promotion

$56,085

To improve the socio-economic and financial governance of the province of Kwilu by promoting the practices of transparency and accountability. The grantee will encourage citizens to influence the implementation of policies and pro-poor programs in Kwilu. In addition to holding a workshop to analyze Kwilu’s budget for 2021 and 2022, the organization will lead a field study on financial governance and monitoring control with financial experts.

Promoting Freedom of Expression for Journalists

Journalistes pour la Promotion de la Democratie et des Droits Humains

$49,000

To strengthen the capacity of journalists to report objectively on human rights and governance issues.  The grantee will establish three journalist training centers in Goma, Bukavu, and Uvira and train over 120 journalism students on covering governance and human rights issues in the DRC.  They will hold a series of meetings and workshops to engage journalists and local officials on the importance of freedom of the press.  Finally, the organization will continue publishing articles on the political situation and democratic principles on their website.

Promoting Good Governance and Respect for Human Rights in the Post-Election Period

La Voix des Sans-Voix pour les droits de l’homme

$70,230

To prevent human rights violations in five provinces, the grantee will collect citizen grievances at town hall meetings and establish local human rights monitoring committees in the targeted localities. The grantee will publish its findings on human rights abuses, and observe the trials of pro-democracy activists. Lastly, the grantee will help citizens hold newly elected officials accountable for their actions through symposiums focused on campaign promises.

Promoting Good Governance, Democracy, and Human Rights in North Kivu

Association d’Appui aux Initiatives de la Paix et le Developpement

$40,000

To build the capacity of the farmer population to promote good governance, democracy, and human rights in North Kivu. The organization will assist their network of human rights monitors to document human rights violations in Rutshuru and Lubero.  The group will hold a series of workshops and town halls to engage local authorities with the local population to better protect human rights.  Finally, the grantee will monitor prison conditions and produce regular reports on human rights violations to increase awareness of the situation.  

Promoting Good Local Governance and Citizen Participation in South Kivu

Femmes Artisanes de la Paix

$47,500

To engage citizens and local leaders in promoting good governance and transparency in South Kivu. The grantee will host a series of workshops with key stakeholders to raise awareness and combat corruption in local government, public service delivery, and infrastructure projects.  The organization will engage newly formed local governments to adopt rules and regulations to improve transparency in their institutions.  Finally, the grantee will organize marches and engage with social movements to raise awareness of the problem on International Anti-Corruption Day.   

Promoting Greater Transparency and Accountability in the Provincial and Municipal Government Institutions of Kinshasa Province

Conseil Provincial des Organisations Non Gouvernementales de Developpement de Kinshasa

$46,200

To promote greater transparency and accountability in the provincial and municipal government institutions of Kinshasa. The grantee will organize practical capacity building training sessions on participatory governance, transparency, accountability, citizen participation, and budget analysis for community members and provincial, municipal, and local actors. In addition, the organization will hold corruption awareness campaigns and conduct advocacy activities with provincial government officials and decision makers. 

Promoting Local Government Accountability in Kinshasa and Kikwit

Reseau d’Education Civique au Congo

$68,755

To enhance local governance in six municipalities, the grantee will implement new citizen oversight mechanisms and facilitate dialogue between constituents and local authorities. In addition to organizing town hall and community assessment meetings, and conducting anti-corruption awareness sessions in the targeted localities, the grantee will produce a spot, as well as radio or television programs, promoting the core principles of open government.

Promoting Non-Violence, Democracy, and Entrepreneurship for Congolese Youth

Africa Reconciled

$41,000

To prevent youth from joining armed groups by promoting non-violence, democracy, and entrepreneurship in the eastern DRC.  The organization will host a series of trainings on non-violence, democracy, and entrepreneurship for 150 vulnerable youth in six key communities in North and South Kivu.  The organization will provide modest financing to implement business plans as a source of income rather than violence.  Finally, the grantee will lobby government officials to address obstacles to youth employment, entrepreneurship, and participation in local decision-making.   

Promoting Peace and Social Cohesion amongst Congolese Youth

Benevolat pour l’Enfance

$50,000

To engage Congolese youth in the consolidation of peace and social cohesion building in the eastern DRC. The organization will host a series of capacity-building trainings for youth leaders on advocacy techniques.  The grantee will continue engagement with Youth Committees for Peace and Social Cohesion who will advocate for peace and development in their communities rather than violence.  Finally, the organization will support a series of advocacy actions by the youth clubs.  

Promoting Transparency and Peaceful Cooperation in the Management of Mining Revenues in Haut-Katanga and Lualaba

Centre des Droits de l’Homme et du Droit Humanitaire

$40,000

To establish a framework for the participatory management of mining royalties in Haut-Katanga and Lualaba, the grantee will a hold a training for local stakeholders, before establishing multiple committees that will closely monitor and document the actions of mining companies, and ensure their compliance with the disbursement of royalties. The grantee will also organize forums aimed to discussing the impact of the mining industry on local development.

Protecting the Rights of Local Communities Affected by the Mining Industry in Kasai-Oriental

Centre d’Etudes et de Formation Populaire pour les Droits de l’Homme

$76,000

To protect local communities from the neglect of the diamond mining industry in Kasai-Oriental, the grantee will conduct a series of working sessions that will culminate in a report on socioeconomic and human rights in diamond mining localities. In addition to training local stakeholders and enrolling them in community coalitions, the grantee will supervise investigations into abuses, provide legal aid to victims, and undertake numerous advocacy initiatives.

Strengthening Citizens’ Capacity to Promote Security and Justice Sector Reform

Reseau pour la Reforme du Secteur de Securite et de Justice

$79,856

To strengthen civil society’s capacity to monitor the government‘s work on security and justice sector reform, the grantee will organize several community forums awareness sessions and forums and university conferences across the DRC. The grantee will also publish multiple reports containing citizen opinions and civil society policy recommendations and meet with numerous authorities devoted to this issue.

Strengthening Civil Society Oversight of Local Government in Kongo Central Province

Initiative pour le Developpement Local

$35,000

To strengthen civil society’s role in the oversight of local government in three cities of Kongo Central Province, the grantee will first conduct trainings on key notions of decentralization and public finance, and then establish a network of civil society leaders responsible for proposing policy reforms to the municipal and provincial administrations. The grantee will also convene a major forum on durable policy solutions for Kongo Central Province.

Strengthening Civil Society’s Capacity to Promote Sweeping Democratic Reforms

Agir pour des Elections Transparentes et Apaisees

$99,460

To instill a culture of accountability and civic duty into national legislative institutions, the grantee will empower a group of newly elected members of parliament through a customized training and mentorship program. Beyond conducting a major awareness campaign on democratic governance and credible elections, the grantee will establish multiple task forces responsible for formulating and pushing a series of reforms that will help consolidate democracy in the DRC.

Strengthening the Capacity of Independent Media

Observatoire de la Liberte de la Presse en Afrique

$65,820

To defend press freedom throughout the national territory, the grantee will investigate abuses against independent journalists, publish statements on its website, and monitor the trials of journalists. It will provide free legal aid, and maintain an emergency line for journalists in danger. It will convene a roundtable on labor rights for journalists and forums on independent media’s contribution to citizen oversight of government actions.  

Strengthening the Rule of Law and Providing Legal Assistance

DR Congo Bridges to Justice

$48,000

To promote respect for the rule of law in the DRC and to provide pro-bono legal assistance to detainees.  The grantee will host a roundtable with justice sector officials to draft recommendations for improving due process rights.  The organization will provide pro-bono legal assistance to at least 100 detainees.  Finally, the grantee will conduct right awareness events at six prisons in South Kivu and work to strengthen the organization’s Women Lawyers Network.  

Strengthening Women’s Political Participation in Kinshasa’s Tshangu District

Ligue des Femmes pour le Developpement et l’Education a la Democratie

$54,915

To promote women and young girls’ leadership and participation in civic, community and political life in Tshangu District. The grantee will hold civic awareness round tables and capacity building trainings on women’s leadership and political participation in democratic governance. It will host experience sharing panels, mentoring, and coaching sessions to allow young women to learn from experienced women leaders and promote networking. The grantee will also create radio programs to give a voice to women.

Supporting Citizen Movements’ Advocacy Actions

Initiative Congolaise pour la Justice et la Paix

$48,000

To support citizen movements to conduct advocacy and civic education in communities across South Kivu.  The organization will host a capacity-building workshop for citizen movements’ leaders and provide financing to conduct civic education projects in their communities.  The grantee will host meetings between elected officials and youth leaders to engage in public policy and present citizen’s concerns to officials.  Finally, the organization will produce regular human rights reports and broadcast radio programs on human rights and civic education.

Supporting Non-Violent Advocacy by Women’s Groups

Actions et Initiatives de Developpement pour la Protection de la Femme et de l’Enfant

$65,000

To build the capacity of women’s groups in the DRC to advocate for their rights.  The organization will expand and train the existing network of women’s groups to take non-violent actions to improve respect for women’s rights in the country. The group will host a large gender forum to discuss ways to increase rights for women.  Finally, grantee will engage security forces in an effort to improve protections for women and children.