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Center of Promotion for Economic and Social Support (CAPES), South Kivu

CAPES is a registered NGO with the provincial and national governments.

Location

Bukavu, South Kivu province
CAPES operates in seven health zones: Nyangezi, Kaziba, Luhwindja, Burhinyi, Walungu, Kabare, and Bunyakiri.

Sectors of Intervention

Small-business and community development; food security; education; microfinance

History

In September 1995, 13 founding members established CAPES (Centre d’appui pour lapromotion économique et sociale) in response to the needs of vulnerable groups in South Kivu.Specifically, CAPES sought to facilitate the search for constructive solutions to problems in education,economic development, health, and food security. Over the past 15 years, CAPES has evolvedand executed many projects and programs, the most impressive of which have been school constructionprojects undertaken in partnership with IRC and UNDP. CAPES has worked with differentfaith groups in South Kivu, and some of its most successful women’s reinsertion programs are withmosques in the province. Throughout the years of conflict in South Kivu, CAPES became moreinvolved with programs that focused on women who had experienced sexual violence. Specifically,CAPES helped these women reintegrate economically into their communities. Between 1998 and2002, when South Kivu was militarily occupied, CAPES did not receive any external funding andfunctioned solely on membership fees of $5 per month. At this time its activities focused on the areasthat were easily accessible from Bukavu. It worked with rural farmers in Kamisindi, Buriza, Bukavu,and Kabare, and supported the development of small businesses among displaced populations. Since2003, CAPES has worked with many international partners, including UNDP, UNOPS, UNICEF,IRC, and CORDAID.

Mission

Improve the quality of life of vulnerable populations—in particular women—in South Kivu

Objectives

  • Empower vulnerable groups to increase their socioeconomic conditions and improve their quality of life
  • Create small businesses and micro-enterprises for rural agricultural production
  • Rehabilitate the infrastructure utilized by the local community
  • Facilitate the socioeconomic reinsertion of marginalized groups
  • Participate in and promote the education of vulnerable groups

Populations Served

Vulnerable groups, especially women

Programs

  • Construction and rehabilitation of local infrastructure: CAPES builds or improves schools, hospitals, markets, and other social and economic infrastructure.
  • Microfinance: Through loans to support small-business enterprises, CAPES supports the socioeconomic reinsertion of marginalized and disenfranchised youths, women who have experienced sexual violence, and other vulnerable groups.
  • Income-generating activities and food processing: By constructing markets and installing mills and warehouses, CAPES is promoting the transformation of the population’s agricultural production to increase value and decrease waste caused by post-harvest loss of produce.
  • Support of rural farmers: CAPES supports local development initiatives that allow rural farmers to transform and store their products.

Governance

The supreme governing body is the general assembly, which meets once a year andselects the board of directors and the controls commission. The board of directors meets four times ayear to decide on and develop the strategic direction of the organization, budgets, and staff. CAPEShas 14 staff, including four community development experts, a hydraulics andconstruction expert, an economist, and an IT specialist.

CAPES has an account with BIC in Bukavu, and a cooperative account with COOPEC NYAWIRAin Bukavu. For financial, administrative, and personnel management, CAPES 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, but they also subcontract if the need arises

Strengths

  • Official recognition in national and provincial strategies
  • Good infrastructure (has its own office and logistical equipment)
  • Regular reporting and strategic meetings
  • Confidence of and repeat work with their partners

Needs

  • Computerized accounting system
  • More regular presence in the field, even when there is no external funding
  • Increased consistency of external funding

Funders and Budget

In 2010, CAPES’s budget was $360,000. Funders include UNDP (Pooled Fund), Management Systems International (MSI), and CORDAID Holland.

Accomplishments

  • Since its creation in 1995, has supported more than 2,776 income-generating activities, and has helped to create approximately 2,000 small businesses that continue to operate today
  • Over the last 15 years, has worked with more than 23 external grants for construction and social reinsertion of vulnerable members of the population
  • Has built two maternity wards and six schools, installed six mills, and built two markets and numerous warehouses to encourage the storage and protection of produce

Organizational Vision

Create a rural community that is responsible, empowered, and has a good quality of life. By 2020, CAPES aims to reach 100,000 households through its work.

Project Proposals

  • Electronic accounting system: CAPES would like to acquire accounting software, a computer and backup flash drives, and training for its staff. Cost: $2,000
  • Personnel training: CAPES would like to train staff to monitor and evaluate projects. Cost: $30,000
  • Constructing water and sanitation facilities: CAPES has developed a plan to install water and sanitation facilities at the schools, health centers, and markets it has already constructed. Cost: approximately $500,000

Contact

Emmanuel Lusambo, coordinator, +243.998.667.047, luscapes@yahoo.fr

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