details

Regional Board of National Development Organizations–Maniema (CRONGD), Maniema

CRONGD Maniema is a member of the national CRONGD association and a registered NGO with the national government.

Location

Kindu, Maniema province
The entire Maniema province

Sectors of Intervention

Human rights and good governance; food security; community development; gender and justice; media; environmental protection; health and WASH

History

In 1990, UNDP helped community-based organizations in Maniema establish CRONGD (Conseil régional des organisations national de développement) Maniema as a branch of the national CNONGD (Conseil national des organisations national de développement) association. CRONGD is an umbrella organization for local groups working in many humanitarian and development sectors.  It helps these groups to interact, share information and ideas, and lobby in support of their activities. CRONGD also helps facilitate trainings for the member groups on technical skills and financial and administrative management. CRONGD had 58 members until five years ago, when it expelled 14 members who did not comply with its guidelines for membership; therefore, it currently has 44 active members. CRONGD has worked with many international partners, including Oxfam Novib, UNDP, GIZ (formerly GTZ), and Swiss Cooperation (Coopération Suisse). CRONGD has also received technical assistance from the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa and Christian Aid.

Mission

Develop a forum of exchange and collaboration for community-based organizations, which enables those groups to improve their management, operations, and impact

Objectives

  • Inform and train the leaders of the member organizations
  • Facilitate the exchange of experience and information among members
  • Lobby and advocate for more support and attention to the work done by the platform and its members
  • Facilitate and contribute to the development of an effective civil society
  • Promote gender equality

Populations Served

CRONGD primarily serves community-based organizations, but indirectly serves the entire population of Maniema.

Programs

  • Training and information sharing: CRONGD builds the capacities of its members and facilitates a forum for information sharing among its members.
  • Social infrastructure: CRONGD takes an active role in constructing and rehabilitating schools and hospitals. CRONGD has also helped rehabilitate roads to improve farmers’ access to markets.
  • Lobbying and advocacy: CRONGD represents local organizations before the provincial government. It uses this opportunity to advocate on behalf of all local organizations and to influence government policy.
  • Good governance: CRONGD collaborates and works with local governments and monitors government actions on governance, the budget, and human rights protection.
  • Agriculture and farming: CRONGD provides technical assistance to farmers, including those outside its member network. It also works with farmers on transporting goods to market.
  • Civic education: CRONGD uses the radio to educate the community about its civic rights and responsibilities.
  • Peace and reconciliation: CRONGD works to reconcile communities in conflict and to initiate activities that encourage pacific cohabitation.
  • Gender and justice: CRONGD promotes gender equality, inclusion of gender considerations in development processes, and the emergence of women leaders.

Governance

Although CRONGD is part of the national platform known as CNONGD, CRONGD at the provincial level remains independent. The supreme governing body is the general assembly, which consists of representatives of the member groups, meets annually, and deals with the major internal operations and external relations of the organization. The general assembly selects the board of directors, which meets every three months and closely monitors the organization’s operations. The board hires CRONGD’s executive secretary, but all other staff is hired in a transparent and competitive process. CRONGD has 15 permanent employees and two volunteers. 
CRONGD has a bank account with BIC in Goma and with the financial cooperative COOPEC IMARA in Kindu. For financial, administrative, and personnel management, CRONGD has:
  • A procedures manual with policies for financial management; hiring and personnel issues; and purchasing policies and procedures: YES
  • A computerized accounting system: YES
  • A clearly defined accounting process: YES
  • Clear procedures for management of payroll, petty cash, procurement, and disbursements: YES
  • Staff with the technical expertise to undertake projects: YES

Strengths

  • Effective partnerships with government officials and agencies
  • Capable of mobilizing community action for quick lobbying
  • Competent staff

Needs

  • Financing to meet the demands for its services and assistance
  • Greater integration of youths and youth issues into its work
  • A newer, bigger office and new office equipment
  • Capacity building for staff on project, administrative, and financial management

Funders and Budget

CRONGD’s annual budget is approximately $300,000. Funders include Oxfam Novib and UNDP.

Accomplishments

  • Led the way to include gender in development processes in Maniema
  • Opened a community library in Kindu
  • Facilitated the disarmament of combatants
  • Opened the first cybercafe in Kindu (currently not functioning)
  • Built 16 water sources and nine schools
  • Advocated to the government to incorporate funding for local NGOs into the provincial budget; this is meant to be effective in 2011
  • Participated in the creation of an effective civil society in Maniema

Organizational Vision

Be the main organization coordinating and supporting the work of community-based organizations in Maniema province

Project Proposals

  • Promoting democracy, decentralization, and good governance: CRONGD proposes to conduct a series of trainings for provincial and local government officials, military and police officials, religious leaders, and local and customary leaders about the laws and processes for decentralization and good governance, as well as for local and national elections. Cost: $100,000
  • Reinforcing local farming structures: CRONGD proposes to organize 15,000 peasant farmers in northern Maniema into 500 networks of 30 people each. This area has few organized social structures and is neglected by international funders. CRONGD will provide the groups with training and support to promote good governance at the local level and to exchange information about best practices, in order to improve their socioeconomic conditions. Cost: $100,000
  • Institutional capacity building: CRONGD will organize trainings to improve the financial, administrative, and project management of its member organizations. In addition, CRONGD will purchase office equipment and means of transport to better enable it to undertake its work. Cost: $100,000

Contact

Denis Luganu, executive secretary, +243.993.825.004, crongdmaniema@yahoo.fr

Return to List