Action Committee for Integral Development (CADI), South Kivu

CADI is a registered NGO with the provincial government.


Uvira, South Kivu province
Mainly Uvira territory, but also parts of Fizi territory

Sectors of Intervention

Human rights; peace; good governance; sustainable development


Formed in 1986, CADI (Comité d’action pour le développement intégral) was formedto address human rights violations during the Mobutu era. CADI initially helped the ruralpopulation around Uvira raise various concerns and violations with government authorities. CADIadvised communities and accompanied representatives to government offices and courts. Four yearsafter the start of the organization, CADI’s activities stopped growing, and it reached a plateau withits lobbying activities. At this point it shifted toward educating the communities with which it wasworking on their roles and responsibilities as members of society. CADI also started to conduct humanrights trainings in rural areas. CADI next began to train local paralegals and work with communitiesto take charge of their own protection and denounce abuses in rural areas. By 1990, the activitiesof CADI had moved throughout the whole of the Uvira territory, and in 1992, at the request ofthe population of Fizi, the organization’s activities moved into Fizi territory. CADI has created 24village development committees (VDCs), which carry out local human rights monitoring and advocacy.CADI recently expanded its work to include projects on food security and microcredit. CADIhas worked with international funders such as Voisins sans frontières (VSF), Louvain Développement(LD), and Action Aid.


Defend and promote human rights


  • Contribute to community development and tackle ignorance of the law
  • Fight against injustice, exclusion, and poverty in all forms
  • Promote freedom, real equality, and the empowerment of the population
  • Promote active participation of the population in their communities and societies
  • Promote the exchange of ideas between civil society and government in economic, social, and political life
  • Promote commitment to the sustainable development of the country

Populations Served

All people, regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, gender, or age


  • Training and dissemination of information: CADI conducts community trainings on human rights, peace and reconciliation, democracy and good governance, HIV/AIDS, and sustainable development. It creates and distributes literature, and uses radio broadcasts to improve the range of its message. CADI also works with local authorities to reinforce their capacities and knowledge of the law and human rights.
  • Gender: This program promotes gender equality and participation of women in leadership and decision-making processes. It targets local leaders, faith-based institutions, women’s committees, and schools with seminars and participatory trainings and workshops.
  • Social research: CADI carries out research and collects data on social inequalities and human rights violations.
  • Village development committees: CADI mobilizes and organizes local communities to monitor human rights and promote peace and reconciliation. CADI also involves representatives from these committees in its management structure.


The supreme governing authority is the general assembly, which meets once a yearand consists of 50 members (26 women and 24 men). The general assembly selects a board of directors,which meets every three months and includes members of the general assembly and the VDCs,which are part of CADI’s network. The board produces a strategic plan and creates action plans forspecific projects and programs. The board also appoints a control committee, which conducts internalaudits and investigations. CADI has 15 permanent staff, five of whom have university degrees.

CADI has one bank account in Burundi and two accounts with the cooperatives Kalundu andMECREGO in Uvira. For financial, administrative, and personnel management, CADI has:

  • A procedures manual with policies for financial management, hiring and personnel issues, and purchasing policies and procedures: YES
  • 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


  • Acceptance by local communities, which actively participate in CADI’s programs
  • Competent and well-trained staff
  • Networks of village-level committees that ensure CADI meets community needs and involves community views in its planning and decision-making


  • Increased financial means
  • Better organization of the general assembly
  • Training in financial and project management
  • Office space that is not rented

Funders and Budget

In 2010, CADI’s budget was $102,465. Its funders are VSF, LD, and Action Aid. CADI also collects membership fees ($5 and up, depending on means) from 140 members.


  • Formed 24 VDCs (22 in Uvira territory and two in Fizi territory), with a membership of 6,050 individuals
  • Contributed to the establishment of a system that monitors human rights violations and a system of judicial assistance for victims of human rights abuses in Uvira and Fizi territories
  • Helped 184 people with legal assistance related to human rights violations
  • Between 2007 and 2010, implemented a public information campaign on good governance and, in particular, the decentralization effort of the country, and how this would affect taxation of the population

Organizational Vision

Create a society without injustice or poverty

Project Proposals

  • Legal assistance for sexual violence survivors: CADI seeks funds to enable it to provide free legal counseling and representation to 100 survivors of sexual violence in the territories of Fizi and Uvira. Cost: $10,400
  • Public education about security sector reform, impunity, and corruption: CADI will organize trainings for the general population (civil society and local leaders) and the authorities (judicial authorities, intelligence agents, police, army, and customary chiefs) about security sector reform, impunity, and corruption. Cost: $17,830
  • Building institutional capacity: CADI seeks funds to provide trainings for its staff and supporters to increase its administrative and financial management. This project would also enable CADI to acquire material resources, including office equipment and informational materials. Cost: $45,340


Majaliwa Kanazi, president of the board, +243.997.738.565,

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