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Development League for Congo (LIDE), North Kivu

LIDE is a registered NGO with the provincial government.

Location

Butembo, North Kivu province
North Kivu and the Ituri district (in Orientale province). LIDE has also undertaken consultancies in South Kivu and Maniema.

Sectors of Intervention

Microfinance; food security; health; renewable energy; education

History

In 1990, a community activist in Butembo organized local intellectuals and concerned members of the community to examine how assistance could be provided for poor communities and unemployed youths. The result was the creation of LIDE (Ligue de développement au Congo). Between 1990 and 1995, LIDE mainly undertook road rehabilitation projects of the Zairian government. During this time, LIDE collaborated with the Catholic University of Graben to create an agricultural reference center to promote food security. It promoted mechanized agriculture as a way to improve agricultural production and spur rural development. In recent years, LIDE has promoted the development of MUSOs, mutual support groups in which people pool resources and periodically one person gets a grant to spend on personal and livelihood needs. LIDE self-funds some of its activities and receives other funding from the CCFD; to date, it has not worked with international donors.

Mission

Alleviate poverty through the promotion of MUSOs and the support of agro-pastoral production

Objectives

  • Support rural farmers in their agricultural projects
  • Initiate and support centers for seed multiplication and improved agricultural techniques
  • Train and systematize rural farmers in the use and management of MUSOs

Programs

  • MUSOs: LIDE organizes trainings to raise the population’s awareness about the benefits and uses of MUSOs; it also helps people form MUSOs.
  • Community fields: LIDE manages community fields where there are seed-multiplication activities to increase the volume and diversity of seeds available to local farmers. The harvests from these fields are used to fund LIDE and develop new microcredit schemes.
  • Pork rearing: LIDE supports pork rearing for food security.

Governance

The supreme governing body is the general assembly, which consists of 260 members and meets annually. It provides general guidance for LIDE and approves the budgets and strategies of the organization. The general assembly elects the board of directors, which is made up of five members who meet three times a year and closely monitor the operational activities of LIDE and develop strategy. The control commission is elected by the general assembly and meets quarterly to monitor and internally audit LIDE’s administrative and financial functioning. LIDE has 20 employees, 12 of whom manage LIDE’s work on MUSOs.

LIDE has a bank account with BIAC in Butembo. For financial, administrative, administrative, and personnel management, LIDE has:

  • A procedures manual with policies for financial management; hiring and personnel issues; and purchasing policies and procedures: YES, but it is currently being updated and improved
  • 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 technical expertise to undertake projects: YES

Strengths

  • LIDE’s beneficiaries participate heavily at all levels of project implementation and management.
  • LIDE has good relationships and collaborates well with local authorities.
  • Highly experienced and relevant staff

Needs

  • More staff to undertake increased activities to reach more communities
  • Opportunities to better document its work and publish results on MUSOs to inform similar efforts and promote development

Funders and Budget

In 2010, LIDE’s budget was $150,000. LIDE self-funds some of its activities and receives other funding from the CCFD.

Accomplishments

  • The installation of more than 1,500 MUSOs in North Kivu and Ituri
  • Through LIDE’s support, some MUSOs have grown quite large and include more than $15,000 in capital.

Project Proposals

  • Support for youths involved in MUSOs: LIDE will work with 150 facilitators of 15 MUSOs in North Kivu and Ituri to equip them with the tools to ensure effective management of these solidarity groups. Cost: $36,000 (over two years)
  • Support for self-sufficient youth groups: LIDE aims to contribute to the peace process through creating job opportunities and endorsing a spirit of collaboration and association among 40 youth groups based in Lubero and Beni territories. Eight hundred young people will be targeted and incorporated within the MUSO system, also supported by LIDE. Cost: $112,400 (over three years)
  • Women’s literacy for members of MUSOs: LIDE will build 15 literacy centers accessible to 3,600 women who are members of MUSOs in Lubero and Beni territories, thereby encouraging them to participate in the management of their organizations and claim economic agency. Cost: $161,700 (over three years)

Contact

Stanislas Mafika, coordinator, +243.998.386.684, lidelitembo@yahoo.fr

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