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Study and Action Group for a Well-Defined Development (GEAD), North Kivu

GEAD is registered as an NGO with the provincial government.

Location

Goma, North Kivu province
North Kivu province

Sectors of Intervention

Good governance; food security; community development; gender and justice; media; health; WASH; peace and reconciliation; microfinance

History

GEAD (Groupe d’études est d’actions pour un développement bien défini) was created in 1987. The organization works on community development and provides technical support to community organizations and local initiatives. GEAD has undertaken many of its own activities, including rehabilitation of health centers and construction of water points, but it also provides crucial training to many small, local NGOs in North Kivu. GEAD currently has four offices in North Kivu. Over the past decades, GEAD has worked with and received funding from several international organizations, including Oxfam GB, Oxfam Novib, and the Pooled Fund.

Mission

Promote community development in North Kivu while promoting community participation for program sustainability

Objectives

  • Improve the community’s living standard through various development initiatives
  • Inform and train the leaders of its member organizations
  • Promote peace and pacific cohabitation in the community
  • Promote the rights of the most vulnerable

Populations Served

GEAD serves the entire population of North Kivu, but focuses more on the most vulnerable, including women, children, and the elderly.

Programs

  • Capacity building: GEAD provides technical capacity support and training to 165 local initiatives.
  • Microcredit: GEAD has initiated a community cooperative for microcredit and savings. The starting capital was generated through membership fees.
  • Food security: GEAD has a community experimental field for the production of improved seeds. It disseminates seeds (and tools) to farmers and helps them incorporate the seeds into their farming for better agricultural productivity.
  • Building and rehabilitation of social infrastructure: GEAD constructs schools, health centers, and markets.
  • Public health: GEAD constructs water points and sensitizes the community about hygiene practices so as to reduce the rate of waterborne diseases in the community. GEAD also sensitizes the community about the prevention of HIV/AIDS.
  • Gender and development: GEAD believes in women’s potential and their critical role in community development; therefore it promotes women’s participation in all its activities.
  • Peace and reconciliation: GEAD works to reconcile communities in conflict and initiate activities that encourage pacific cohabitation.

Governance

The supreme governing body is the general assembly, which 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. GEAD has 17 permanent employees. Nine are based in Goma at the coordination office, and eight are in the three field offices in Walikale, Masisi, and Bobandana.

GEAD has an account with BCR in Gisenyi, Rwanda, and an account with the financial cooperative COOPEC IMARA in Goma. For financial, administrative, and personnel management, GEAD 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

  • Competent staff
  • Long history of successful project implementation
  • Visible community actions and impact
  • Has faith of major international donors

Needs

  • Financing to meet the demands for its services and assistance
  • The general assembly has not met since 2008.
  • Capacity building for staff on project management

Funders and Budget

GEAD’s annual budget is approximately $400,000. Funders include MONUSCO and the Pooled Fund.

Accomplishments

  • Distributed tools for the rehabilitation of the Hombo road (Masisi to Walikale)
  • Constructed water points at Bororo and Mubi in Walikale
  • Trained women to facilitate community mediation and conflict management
  • Coordinated the campaign “We Can” (2006–08) for the fight against sexual violence
  • Facilitated the capacity building of Oxfam Novib partners in eastern DRC, Rwanda, and Burundi
  • Provided assistance to elderly people after the 2002 volcanic eruption in Goma
  • Rehabilitated 27 health centers
  • Constructed six classrooms in Goma
  • Provided equipment and financial support to COOPED as a way of increasing its capital

Organizational Vision

Become a big organization in eastern DRC that is credible, effective, and independent in ensuring community empowerment for long-term sustainable development

Project Proposals

  • Food security for vulnerable populations: In Masisi and Walikale territories, GEAD will assist vulnerable populations, such as displaced people and returnees, with support for animal husbandry projects for improved food security and reduced malnutrition. Cost: $138,811
  • Institutional capacity building: GEAD will build the capacity of its staff and improve their technical and financial tools. GEAD will also restart its organizational newsletter and reestablish its office Internet connection. Cost: $26,500
  • Fighting gender-based violence: In Walikale and Rutshuru territories, GEAD will sensitize and train communities about gender-based violence, with a particular focus on sexual violence. It will also identify and work with survivors of gender-based violence and help them obtain legal assistance. Cost: $86,233

Contact

Jean-Pierre Bwira Lukoo, coordinator, +243.816.043.172, +243.990.878.064, and Muchanga Kiitsa, president, +243.994.122.754, geadcongo@yahoo.fr, bwilukoo@yahoo.fr

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