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Action for the Integral Development of Kisangani and the Congolese Central Basin (ADIKIS), Orientale

ADIKIS is a registered NGO with the national government.

Location

Kisangani, Orientale province
Kisangani and its environs

Sectors of Intervention

Environmental conservation; food security; education; small-business development

History

ADIKIS (Actions pour le développement intégral de Kisangani et de la cuvette centrale congolaise) was founded in 2002 by several professors on the science faculty at the University of Kisangani. The professors saw a serious need in the Kisangani area for education of local communities in order to protect forest resources. Also, food security was a serious problem among the local population, due partly to the war and partly to local cultivation practices. ADIKIS has created a unique program of activities that promote better forest management while addressing the social and economic needs of local communities. For example, ADIKIS started a brick-making program that created local jobs while also reducing the need of local populations to use wood for construction of their dwellings. ADIKIS has also organized associations in the areas where it works, through which it implements its programs. ADIKIS has constructed schools, created demonstration garden plots, undertaken reforestation efforts, and improved water sources. ADIKIS has worked with several international donors, including CTB, Rotary International, and numerous local development and environmental groups and individuals in Belgium.

Mission

Educate people about the importance of rational and sustainable management of forest resources

Objectives

  • Strengthen the capacities of people to practice settled agriculture and thereby meet their food and economic needs while protecting the forest and the environment in general
  • Provide local populations with economic opportunities that will enable forest and environmental protection

Populations Served

Rural populations around Kisangani

Programs

  • Community education: At community meetings organized by ADIKIS, university professors and/or students provide seminars on agriculture, environmental conservation, and management of forest resources.
  • Microcredit for small business: ADIKIS provides small loans of roughly $50 to $150 to people in its association to help them start small businesses that also help the environment.
  • Community development: To help implement its projects and ensure local community involvement and support, ADIKIS has created farming associations and village committees, which are partners in all of ADIKIS’s work. Representatives from the associations and committees also participate in the governance of ADIKIS.
  • School construction: ADIKIS has built three schools, which feature environmental education as well as a standard curriculum. Students actively plant trees and maintain plots of a variety of food crops. ADIKIS currently plans to build a secondary school for the graduates of its primary schools.
  • Improvement of water sources: In its project in the village of Masako, ADIKIS has funded the improvement of water sources.

Governance

The supreme governing body is the general assembly, which meets twice each year. Themembers include many academic and scientific staff from the university, plus representatives of thevillage associations with which ADIKIS works. The general assembly selects a steering committee,which functions the same as a board of directors and staff. ADIKIS does not have any staff; thesteering committee oversees all organizational work, and members of the farming associations andvillage committees implement projects.

ADIKIS does not have its own bank account, but uses an account for the University of Kisangani.For financial, administrative, and personnel management, ADIKIS has:

  • A procedures manual with policies for financial management; hiring and personnel issues; and purchasing policies and procedures: NO
  • A computerized accounting system: NO
  • A clearly defined accounting process: YES, but it needs to be strengthened
  • Clear procedures for management of payroll, petty cash, procurement, and disbursements: YES, but they need to be improved
  • Staff with the technical expertise to undertake projects: YES

Strengths

  • Ties to the University of Kisangani, which brings ADIKIS credibility, visibility, and qualified staff and student interns
  • A strong reputation with international donors, scientists, and academics. ADIKIS has collaborated with European scientists on several research projects in the Kisangani area.
  • Leaders have a vision to promote forest conservation while addressing food security.

Needs

  • Organizational restructuring
  • Own office in Kisangani
  • Staff who work full-time for ADIKIS
  • Financial means to achieve goals and realize programs

Funders and Budget

ADIKIS’s annual budget is approximately $500,000. Funders include CTB, Asbl Kisangani (Friends of Kisangani, located in Limbourg, Belgium), Rotary International, Rotary Limbourg, the Secular Society for Development Cooperation, and individual supporters.

Accomplishments

  • Created four community organizations that cooperatively work with ADIKIS to design and implement projects
  • Organized training seminars on techniques for farming, animal husbandry, fish farming, responsible timber harvesting, and nutrition
  • Established a community library and donated books

Organizational Vision

Protect the forest and promote local livelihoods in the Kisangani area and all the forested areas of central Africa

Project Proposals

  • Construction of brick buildings at Masako: ADIKIS has constructed a school at Masako, a village 14 kilometers (9 miles) north of Kisangani, but seeks funds to construct improved houses for 20 households there. ADIKIS would like to purchase two brick-making machines for the village, which will be used to make bricks for the houses, thereby improving social infrastructure while reducing local demand for timber for construction. Cost: $60,425

Contact

Professor Dhed’a Djaïlo, +243.998.609.315, benoitdheda@yahoo.fr

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