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Action of Community Farmers for Integral Development (ACPDI), North Kivu

ACPDI is a registered NGO with the provincial government.

Location

Butembo, North Kivu province
Lubero territory and Butembo town

Sectors of Intervention

Food security; health; youth training; environment protection; microcredit

History

Created in November 2003 by a group of farmers in Lubero territory, ACPDI (Actions des communautés paysannes pour le développement intégré) set out to promote community voices in the development agenda. These farmers had ideas about addressing issues of local importance, but lacked the agency to turn their ideas into action. The founding members of ACPDI enumerated a variety of concerns that shaped their work, including the need for drinking water, the need to increase agricultural production, the desire to have their children go to school, and the need to fight against sexual violence and the spread of HIV/AIDS. From humble beginnings, ACPDI grew in scope and size, and has worked with international funders, including AAA, World Vision, Reach Italia, and the European Commission.

Mission

Promote community initiative and individuals in order to improve the community development process

Objectives

  • Educate farmers about improved agricultural techniques for better yields
  • Promote the processing of agricultural products for improved revenue
  • Promote public health in the community
  • Initiate and engage in environmental protection activities
  • Initiate and promote community development activities for self-empowerment

Populations Served

Farmers and their families, youths, and women

Programs

  • Food security: ACPDI organizes local committees and helps them create community farms. At these farms, ACPDI educates farmers about ways to improve their yields and provides them with improved seeds.
  • Microfinance: ACPDI gives rabbits to committee members and requires them to pay back in kind; the new rabbits are then given away to continue this unique program of microfinance.
  • Professional training: ACPDI identifies and selects vulnerable youths in the community and ensures their training, according to their capacity, in either carpentry or sewing. ACPDI runs four training centers, at Alimbongo, Kisthombiro, Mbingi, and Butembo.

Governance

The supreme governing body is the general assembly, which meets every year and selects the board of directors. The board meets twice per year to monitor the organization’s work and review employee performance. The board has responsibility for hiring staff and takes an active role in the organization’s activities. ACPDI has seven permanent staff and 20 volunteers who work in different field bases in Lubero territory.

ACPDI has an account at BIC in Butembo. For financial, administrative, and personnel management, ACPDI has:

  • A procedures manual with policies for financial management; hiring and personnel issues; and purchasing policies and procedures: YES
  • A computerized accounting system: NO, but tracks finances using Excel
  • A clearly defined accounting process: YES
  • Clear procedures for management of payroll, petty cash, procurement, and disbursements: YES
  • Staff with the technical expertise needed for its programs: YES

Strengths

  • Competent and qualified staff
  • Visible actions in the community with effective impacts
  • Donors’ trust

Needs

  • Capacity building for the staff
  • Greater financial means for implementation of programs
  • New office equipment

Funders and Budget

For 2010, ACPDI’s budget was $363,459. Funders include AAA, FAO, World Vision, Reach Italia, ECHO, and the Congolese Ministry of Agriculture.

Accomplishments

  • Assisted 1,800 households with seeds, training on improved agricultural practices, and/or rabbits
  • Distributed cassava tubers to 3,000 households
  • Established seven mills to process food: two in Kitchombiro and five in Kirumba
  • Received one farm tractor and two harrows from the provincial government, which it uses to help its members and community associations
  • Built two storehouses for agricultural products at Kaseye and Katondi

Organizational Vision

Expand its activities in other operational areas in order to ensure food security for its members, and multiply professional training opportunities for youths

Project Proposals

  • Establishing counseling houses: In Lubero territory, ACPDI will establish counseling houses where it will counsel survivors of sexual violence, facilitate economic and legal assistance for these survivors, and organize community meetings for education on HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Cost: $132,000
  • Socioeconomic reinsertion: ACPDI will ensure the socioeconomic integration of young and single mothers, ex-combatants, and at-risk youths while sensitizing them to fight against various forms of gender-based violence. ACPDI will also educate the community about peace and reconciliation. Cost: $90,192
  • Human rights, gender education, and agro-pastoral assistance: ACPDI will train the community and key people about fundamental human rights. It will also train peer educators about the prevention of HIV/AIDS and sexual violence, and the importance of family planning and nutrition. Finally, ACPDI will disseminate improved seeds to local farmers. Cost: $420,000

Contact

Kachelewa Paluku, coordinator, +243.994.374.596, +243.810.062.195, acpdi2005@yahoo.fr

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