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Promotion of Democracy and Protection of Human Rights (PDH), North Kivu

PDH is a registered NGO with the national government.

Location

Goma, North Kivu province
PDH covers the whole of North Kivu province, with particular attention to the territories of Walikale, Masisi, Nyiragongo, Rutshuru, and Goma. In South Kivu, it works in the territory of Kalehe.

Sectors of Intervention

Human rights; democracy and governance

History

In 1995, a group of people from different countries, all of whom were living in Goma,formed PDH (Promotion de la démocratie et protection des droits humains) to address thedeterioration of human rights and the disappearing dream of democracy in DRC (then Zaire).Inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, PDH embarked upon a program of humanrights monitoring, training, and community education. PDH has become a leading voice for humanrights and democracy in the Kivus. It has worked with many international partners, including theNational Endowment for Democracy, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the U.S.Embassy in the DRC, UNDP, and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Mission

Reinforce the rule of law and promote the protection of human rights in the DRC and other African nations

Objectives

  • Promote human rights
  • Protect human values (love, life, dignity, truth, tolerance, justice, etc.)
  • Fight against all forms of discrimination (based on sex, religion, ethnicity, political opinion, race, etc.)
  • Promote public freedom and the restoration of democracy
  • Educate people about peace, democracy, and human rights
  • Facilitate the mediation of all forms of social conflict for pacific cohabitation

Populations Served

PDH serves the North Kivu community as a whole.

Programs

  • Legal assistance: PDH provides legal consultation and assistance at the courts for people who are illegally detained or otherwise victims of human rights violations.
  • Prison monitoring: PDH organizes regular visits to detention houses, prisons, and jails to evaluate the physical condition of the buildings, hygiene, and detainees’ health.
  • Training on human rights: PDH trains lawyers and the local authorities about various human rights subjects such as corruption and sexual violence. It also sensitizes and trains traditional chiefs and the police about human rights protection at the community level.
  • Training on peaceful cohabitation and democracy: PDH educates the general public and decision makers about democracy, elections, prevention of land conflicts, sexual violence, pacific cohabitation, and other topics.

Governance

The general assembly is the supreme governing body and meets on an annual basis. The general assembly selects the board of directors, which meets twice a year. The executive committee of the board is made up of nine people and meets monthly to plan and report on various projects and programs. A monitoring commission meets every trimester to conduct internal audits and evaluations. PDH also has commissions for lobbying, women and children, and democracy; these commissions oversee PDH’s work in these areas. PDH has nine staff; five are permanent employees and four are volunteers.

PDH has an account with BIC in Goma. For financial, administrative, and personnel management, PDH 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 it copies its manual records into Excel
  • 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 human resources
  • Transparency in its financial management
  • Strong sense of networking and collaboration with other stakeholders and partners
  • Always available to provide assistance to the most vulnerable

Needs

  • Its own means of transport and other IT equipment to make the organization more self-sufficient
  • More financial means to assist other vulnerable populations
  • Capacity building of its staff in finance, planning, and project management

Funders and Budget

For 2011, PDH expects its budget to be approximately $390,000. Funders include the National Endowment for Democracy, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and UNDP.

Accomplishments

  • Produces two radio programs that air on RTNC radio (Radio télévision nationale Congolaise) each week, covering subjects such as human rights, elections, democracy, and good governance
  • Provided legal assistance at the courts and tribunals to 726 widows who were about to lose their land and other properties after the death of their husbands
  • Facilitated numerous mediations to resolve local social conflicts
  • Provided legal assistance to 341 survivors of sexual violence

Organizational Vision

Participate in the development of a society that promotes human rights and democracy

Project Proposals

  • Supporting the electoral process: PDH aims to support the Congolese electoral process in Masisi, Nyiragongo, and Goma. PDH will do this through disseminating information about the process to the general population and local leaders, and encouraging a disillusioned electorate to vote to ensure their voices are heard. Cost: $80,000
  • Advocacy regarding land rights: PDH aims to address land issues around Goma, Nyiragongo, Masisi, and Rutshuru, where this is a serious and worrying issue. PDH will raise awareness of the importance of obtaining titles to property and educate the population on their rights as tenants or owners. PDH will use radio and community meetings to promote community conflict resolution of land disputes. Cost: $120,000

Contact

Jean Marie Kambere, +243.994.166.626, and Joseph Dunia, +243.813.136.899, pdhrdcongo_org@yahoo.fr, duniaruj@yahoo.fr

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