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Maniema Freedom (MALI), Maniema

MALI is registered as an NGO with the provincial government.

Location

Kindu, Maniema province
The entire Maniema province

Sectors of Intervention

Human rights; the environment and natural resources; peace and justice; media; gender equality; sexual and gender-based violence

History

In 1997, right after the first DRC war, ten people working in the humanitarian and human rights sectors in Maniema started MALI (Maniema liberté). Their goal was to sensitize local communities and political leaders about human rights, with the hope of influencing the course of events in post-Mobutu Maniema. The organization struggled after 1998, when war returned to Maniema. Among the challenges it faced were conflicts with local authorities, lack of funding, and problems working in an insecure environment. In 2001, MALI obtained funding from the National Endowment for Democracy, which revived the group and enabled it to expand its activities. With these funds, MALI established the first radio station in Kindu since before the war. MALI still runs the station—Radio MALI—and works on peace and justice issues, good governance, and sustainable management of local natural resources. MALI has field offices for its radio station in Kasongo, Kabambare, Lubutu, and Punia.

Mission

Promote and defend human rights in Maniema province, promote the protection of natural resources, and inform and empower local populations to protect human rights

Objectives

  • Train and inform the population on their rights and responsibilities, and sensitize the community about various legal issues that affect their lives
  • Monitor and speak out about the violation of human rights in Maniema
  • Use the media as a means of communication and community expression
  • Sensitize local authorities and communities about the environment and conservation

Populations Served

MALI targets the community of Maniema as a whole but pays special attention to leaders and decision makers at all levels.

Programs

  • Radio MALI: MALI’s radio station provides community news as well as several programs focusing on human rights, legal issues, and sexual and gender-based violence.
  • Networking for environmental protection: MALI coordinates a network of groups in Maniema working on environmental protection.
  • Public health: MALI uses its radio station and public meetings to sensitize the community about HIV/AIDS, sexual violence, and other public health issues.

Governance

The supreme governing body is the general assembly, which meets every year in March. The general assembly sets the overall programs and goals for MALI, and appoints the board of directors. The board meets every three months and closely monitors MALI’s financial, administrative, and programmatic functioning. The board has a monitoring committee that meets every month, reviews MALI’s operations, and conducts MALI’s annual internal audit. MALI has 13 permanent employees and several volunteers, including students from the University of Kindu.

MALI has a bank account in Goma at BIC and in Kindu at COOPEC IMARA. For financial, administrative, and personnel management, MALI 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

  • Very competent employees
  • A functioning radio station
  • A good reputation in Maniema; known for its skillful handling of sensitive human rights issues

Needs

  • More diverse and greater funding to sustain its programs and the radio station
  • Funds and training to create a magazine
  • Solar panels to provide auxiliary power to the radio station

Funders and Budget

MALI’s annual budget is approximately $200,000. Funders include Oxfam Novib, the National Endowment for Democracy, and MONUSCO.

Accomplishments

  • Creation and maintenance of a community radio station in Kindu
  • Monitoring and publicizing of human rights, especially with respect to women and children
  • Coordination of environmental groups in Maniema
  • Rehabilitation and/or construction of several structures for human rights and legal groups

Organizational Vision

MALI believes in the emergence of a human society that is free from all sorts of human rights violations, and a democratic society where there is freedom of expression and equal chances for all.

Project Proposals

  • Environmental protection: MALI would like to organize a campaign to improve environmental protection and natural resource management in Maniema. It would coordinate the efforts of various environment-focused groups in Maniema and involve the provincial ministry of environment so as to increase the likelihood of success. Cost: $150,000
  • Improving Radio MALI: MALI seeks funds to acquire and/or rehabilitate its radio station’s equipment, and to create and publish an accompanying magazine. Cost: $186,000
  • Institutional capacity building: MALI would like to provide its staff and volunteers with training in financial and administrative management, as well as technical aspects of running a radio station. Cost: $64,500

Contact

Paul Kasongo Ngoy, +243.999.145.386, maliinfo@yahoo.fr

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