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Action to Identify and Develop Efforts of Reconstruction (AIDER), Orientale

AIDER is a registered NGO with the provincial government.

Location

Dungu, Haut Uélé district, Orientale province
Dungu territory of Haut Uélé district

Sectors of Intervention

Food security; health; education; infrastructure; WASH; conservation; atrisk youth

History

AIDER (Action d’identification et de développement des efforts de reconstruction) was formed in 2002 to provide material assistance to people displaced by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), which was then active in the Dungu area. AIDER’s seven founding members contributed their own money and raised additional funds to self-finance their work, and this entrepreneurial spirit and self-reliance remain hallmarks of the organization. AIDER has since used its own funds to rehabilitate roads in and around Dungu town, and to conduct assessments of roads, water and sanitation needs, school conditions, and food security needs in various locations in and around Dungu.

Starting in 2005, AIDER became an implementing partner for Congolese government agencies and NGOs, as well as for international donors. With external funding, AIDER expanded its work, although its main focus remains in the areas of food security, education, infrastructure, and water and sanitation. In 2009, the Lord’s Resistance Army terrorized the Dungu area, forcing AIDER to cease operations for six months. AIDER regrouped and continued to execute projects using its own and external funding, including working with people affected by the LRA’s ongoing activities in and around Dungu. AIDER has worked with many international donors, including UNICEF, UNHCR, Mercy Corps, and FAO.

Mission

Promote community involvement in actions for development, reconstruction, environmental protection, health, and education

Objectives

  • Identify and promote concrete solutions to the problems posed by underdevelopment, conflict, and the challenges of reconstruction
  • Prevent the spread of AIDS through public education, as part of a broader reconstruction of health systems
  • Promote actions to protect and reconstruct the environment as part of development activities

Populations Served

AIDER serves the entire population of Dungu territory, with special attention to specific groups depending on the nature of a particular project. For example, AIDER has conducted targeted HIV/AIDS education for young people and “kumba kumba” who are transporters of palm oil.

Programs

  • Food security: In recent years, AIDER has conducted several distributions of seeds and related agricultural trainings to households in the Dungu area, with the goal of increasing food security.
  • Education: In the last few years, AIDER has constructed benches for classrooms, built two recreational centers for at-risk youths, and conducted educational outreach on HIV/AIDS to more than 6,500 youths.
  • Infrastructure and logistics: AIDER’s early activities in this area involved using its own funds to restore round points (traffic circles) and rehabilitate some roads. In recent years, it has worked with international donors on road rehabilitation and on construction projects in the UN’s Interagency Compound at Dungu.
  • WASH: AIDER has captured alluvial water sources and constructed a well, in cooperation with international donors; it has also conducted a water and sanitation evaluation using its own funds.

Governance

AIDER has a general assembly, which consists of the seven founding members; three are women and four are men. The general assembly, which meets twice each year, discusses the organization’s programs and evaluates work plans and annual reports. A board of directors meets monthly and coordinates the organization’s work with the general director, who is appointed by the general assembly. The general director oversees the organization’s programs and finances, working closely with the program director, who is focused on AIDER’s six programs. AIDER has 42 people at its disposal, but the actual number employed at any time depends on the availability of funds. Its staff includes engineers, construction technicians, agronomists, trainers, and project managers.

AIDER has an account with BIC in Bunia, but keeps money locally with a priest at the Catholic parish. For financial, administrative, and personnel management, AIDER has:

  • A procedures manual with policies for financial management; hiring and personnel issues; and purchasing policies and procedures: YES, but it needs to be strengthened
  • A computerized accounting system: NO
  • 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

  • Qualified staff, including technicians and engineers
  • Uses its own money to fund projects such as the 2010 rapid evaluation at Nambia and road rehabilitation
  • Has a good relationship with security forces, which give it protection during road construction projects, and with many local and international organizations

Needs

  • Financing to realize its projects and retain its staff; several staff have left for jobs at international organizations, which pay more and pay regularly
  • Its own compound, where it could have an office and properly store its road construction equipment; AIDER is currently renting an office and storing its equipment at the IOM compound
  • Internet access in its office

Funders and Budget

For 2010, AIDER’s budget was $320,000. Partners include Caritas, FAO, CESVI, UNICEF, UNHCR, IOM, and Mercy Corps. AIDER also funded several of its projects using monthly contributions from its 31 members and money it earns through the sale of bricks made by its members.

Accomplishments

  • Distributed seeds and farming tools to 604 households in Bunga (65 kilometers or 40 miles southeast of Dungu) in 2010
  • Conducted educational training on HIV/AIDS for 6,500 youths in Dungu and Doruma in 2010
  • Rehabilitated many roads in and around Dungu, sometimes using its own funds, from 2004–11
  • Self-financed evaluations of water and sanitation needs at Ngilima and Iveka in 2009, and of education and food security needs at Nambia in 2010

Organizational Vision

Improve the quality and conditions of life for people in Dungu territory

Project Proposals

  • Capacity building: AIDER would like to organize trainings in finance and administration for its staff; acquire a motorbike and office equipment, including computers and a printer; and construct and furnish its own office. Cost: $30,700, including a $10,450 local contribution
  • Rehabilitating a primary school: AIDER would like to rehabilitate the Kumbatayo primary school in the town of Nambia (Niangara territory), which the LRA has repeatedly attacked during the last two years. AIDER would fix the school’s two buildings and furnish the classrooms for the school’s 292 students. Cost: $67,906

Contact

Lidwine Kangonyesi Payte, +243.810.235.823, aider_asbl@yahoo.fr, and Henriette Namiko Zibakpio, +243.822.642.990

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