Group of Action and Support for Indigenous Development (GRAADE), North Kivu

GRAADE is a registered NGO with the provincial government.


Walikale, North Kivu province
Walikale territory

Sectors of Intervention

Food security; at-risk youth; child protection; gender and justice; good governance; pacific cohabitation


In 1998, a group of youths in Eliba village (Walikale territory) created GRAADE (Groupe d’actions et d’appui pour un développement endogène) to promote rural development. Concerned about the abject poverty in this village, these youths sought input from villagers about ways to improve their lives. GRAADE has evolved over time to build schools and hospitals and assist vulnerable populations, but all its work is informed by a desire to promote social and economic development in rural areas. Reflecting its roots as a group started by youths, GRAADE has undertaken many programs to help youths, especially orphans and other vulnerable children. GRAADE has worked with many international donors, including IMC, FAO, ICRC, UNICEF, and UNDP.


Promote human rights through social change and community development works


  • Promote child protection
  • Promote and ensure food security for community well-being
  • Promote human rights and ensure protection of the rights of women and vulnerable populations
  • Promote good governance and peace building
  • Construct and rehabilitate social infrastructures of public interest

Populations Served

GRAADE works with the general population and local leaders, but specifically targets women, children, and vulnerable populations.


  • Child protection: GRAADE identifies orphans, inserts them into host families, and tries to link them to members of their original families. It also educates the public about child protection issues.
  • Rapid response: GRAADE implements rapid-response projects to assist young people and children in difficulty. These include child soldiers, children working in mining, young female survivors of sexual violence, unaccompanied children, orphans, and rejected children. GRAADE sensitizes the community to take responsibility for these youths and works to empower them and help them lead better lives.
  • Food security: GRAADE disseminates seeds and tools to local farming associations, provides them with technical support and advice, and operates food-processing machines to help improve farmers’ profits. All these activities are undertaken with the intent of increasing food security in Walikale.
  • Good governance: GRAADE has created local groups that monitor local governance, human rights, and democratic decision-making. GRAADE also trains these groups to lobby and to effectively communicate their findings and concerns to local authorities.
  • Gender and justice: GRAADE encourages women to initiate local development activities and provides survivors of sexual violence with psychosocial assistance and referrals forlegal help.
  • Construction: GRAADE rehabilitates and constructs social structures such as schools and hospitals.


The supreme governing body is the general assembly, which meets every year and appoints the board of directors. The board meets every three months to analyze the organization’s operations. The monitoring commission meets twice every year and conducts internal audits and evaluations. The organization has ten staff.

GRAADE has a bank account at BIC in Goma and another account with COOPEC IMARA in Walikale. For financial, administrative, and personnel management, GRAADE has:

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


  • Visible actions with impact in the community
  • On good terms with the local authority
  • Competent and motivated staff


  • Capacity building for the staff on project and financial management, and monitoring and evaluation of projects
  • Institutional support and funding for other programs
  • Construction of a secure office

Funders and Budget

For 2011, GRAADE’s budget is $430,000. Funders include IMC, UNICEF, FAO, and Caritas.


  • Identified, documented, and reunited 835 former child soldiers and 720 other vulnerable children with their families
  • Recruited, trained, and supported 277 families to host orphans and other vulnerable children
  • Provided professional training for 581 youths and helped 193 children return to school
  • Trained more than 150 people about child protection issues
  • Constructed three schools

Organizational Vision

Become a well-established and visible organization working for the protection of the most vulnerable and promote community development actions

Project Proposals

  • Institutional capacity building: From its Walikale base, GRAADE will organize trainings to build the capacity of its office staff and field workers in project management, lobbying, and financial management. Cost: $36,610
  • Constructing a community center: GRAADE will construct a community center where it will provide professional training courses for young survivors of war and conflict in Walikale territory. Cost: $290,115


Zenon Kabaka, coordinator, +243.810.808.311,,

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