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Technical Council for Rural Development (COTEDER), North Kivu

COTEDER is a registered NGO with the provincial government.

Location

Butembo, North Kivu province
Beni, Lubero, Masisi, Rutshuru, and Goma

Sectors of Intervention

Food security; organizational capacity building

History

COTEDER (Conseil technique pour le développement rural) was created in 1986 by a group of rural development experts who sought to increase the capacities of community-based organizations working on rural development. It has engaged in a variety of activities, including rehabilitation of roads to facilitate market access, extension of microcredit, and establishment of demonstration garden plots where COTEDER uses improved seeds and shows farmers better garden management techniques. COTEDER has worked with national and international partners, including CCFD and VECO Belgium.

Mission

Accompany the peasants’ movement for self-promotion and development in North Kivu

Objectives

  • Increase and diversify agricultural products
  • Build the capacity of peasants so they can be aware of their rights and duties
  • Enhance the institutional and technical capacities of local organizations
  • Promote the socioeconomic development of women

Populations Served

Community-based organizations and farmers

Programs

  • Agricultural activities: COTEDER has an experimental field where it grows and multiplies seeds and distributes them to peasants’ groups. It also rehabilitates roads to facilitate the transport of crops from farms to markets.
  • Women’s promotion: COTEDER invests in the emergence of female leadership and works to train, facilitate, and support the development of women. As part of this program, COTEDER participates in the campaign “All the Girls to School.”
  • Capacity building: COTEDER facilitates the capacity building of local groups through training, coaching, exchange visits, and technical support.

Governance

The supreme governing body is the general assembly, which meets once a year. The general assembly selects the management board, which meets every three months to oversee COTEDER’s operations. A monitoring and evaluation committee meets every six months, reports to the general assembly, and conducts an annual internal audit of COTEDER finances. COTEDER has 13 staff, including facilitators and agricultural engineers.

COTEDER has an account at BIAC in Butembo and with the financial cooperative ADEC in Butembo. For financial, administrative, and personnel management, COTEDER has:

  • A procedures manual with policies for financial management; hiring and personnel issues; and purchasing policies and procedures: YES
  • A computerized accounting system: NO
  • 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

  • Strong, dedicated staff with extensive experience
  • Community trust as a result of the organization’s maturity
  • Office space with quality equipment
  • Proven ability to successfully implement projects
  • Good terms with government officials

Needs

  • Training for staff
  • Finance for its programs

Funders and Budget

For 2011, COTEDER’s budget is $150,000. Funders include VECO Belgium and CCFD.

Accomplishments

  • Rehabilitated the roads from Kabasha to Ngumo, and from Matembo to Vutumbe-Makima
  • Established three demonstration garden plots
  • Created a community syndicate for the promotion of peasants’ rights
  • Created a women’s support fund that facilitates their access to microcredit
  • Plants and produces rice to supplement its budget

Organizational Vision

Improve the organization’s work, become more visible, and empower farmers

Project Proposals

  • Establish a palm oil–processing plant: COTEDER seeks funds to establish a plant to process palm crops into palm oil, which will increase the profits for local farmers. COTEDER will establish the plant in the town of Mbumbi (Beni territory), purchase a generator and fuel to run the plant, and train women and youths to manage the machine and the operation. This project will create an industry in the town, generate local employment, and improve the socioeconomic conditions of the area’s residents. Cost: $58,800
  • Training veterinary aides: COTEDER will organize trainings for 500 people to learn basic veterinary skills. COTEDER will train people in five localities in Beni and Lubero territories, and expects the result to improve animal health in the region, with a resultant socioeconomic benefit for households that keep animals. Cost: $12,000
  • Rehabilitating a road to provide market access: The locality of Vutumbe has become isolated due to the poor condition of roads in the area. This has had a negative impact on the population, which has difficulty getting its produce and animals to market, and also limits access to consumer goods, which are sold at a high price in town due to the rough roads. COTEDER proposes to rehabilitate the road between Vutumbe and Makima to help local farmers and animal keepers. Cost: $84,000

Contact

Roland Mukata, executive secretary, +243.998.385.738, cotederform@gmail.com, rolandmukata@gmail.com

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