Program of Action for the Development of a United Base (PADEBU), South Kivu

PADEBU is a registered NGO with the provincial government.


Bunyakiri, Kabare territory, South Kivu province

Sectors of Intervention

Food security; rehabilitation and construction; health


PADEBU (Programme d’actions pour le développement de bases unies) began in 2001 toaddress food security and infrastructure needs in Bunyakiri, a large village in Kabare territory. Educatedpeople in Bunyakiri were concerned about the lack of help for local farmers and associations, sothey created PADEBU to serve as a platform for various groups. It created a structure whereby membersand member associations paid $20 every two years. As the war in South Kivu intensified, however,PADEBU started to work on mediation and conflict resolution. Bunyakiri was badly affectedby war, and was occupied at different times by the RCD-Goma and Mai Mai rebel groups. PADEBUorganized local community leaders and rebels to dialogue in a process that mirrored the Inter-CongoleseDialogue happening at the national level. In 2004, PADEBU began to implement food security programs, distribution of nonfood items (NFIs), and rehabilitation and reconstruction of infrastructure.In 2007, PADEBU recognized that its work was unfocused, so it created an independent structurecalled Action pour la paix et la concorde (APC), which took on all of the mediation and conflicttransformation activities. PADEBU is focused on food security and the rehabilitation and constructionof infrastructure. PADEBU has worked with international donors such as Oxfam and UNDP. Ithas also implemented projects funded by the World Bank through the Congolese government.


Contribute to the promotion of agriculture, pastoral activities, and protection of the environment


  • Contribute to the well-being of the population of Bunyakiri through activities that increase and improve food production and availability
  • Contribute to the improved shelter of the population

Populations Served

The entire population of Bunyakiri and its surrounding health zones


  • Food security: PADEBU provides seeds and tools to local farmers through a rotating microcredit program that requires repayment in seeds. PADEBU runs a similar microcredit program with goats, and has worked with the National Service of Aquaculture (SENAQUA) to introduce a new race of tilapia into local fishponds. PADEBU has also introduced improved, disease-resistant strains of cassava (sawa-sawa and liyai) to local farmers. It also trains local farmers on methods to reduce soil erosion, and promotes the protection of forests.
  • Infrastructure: PADEBU rehabilitates schools, furnishes the classrooms, and establishes local committees of parents and students to maintain the new structures. PADEBU has also rehabilitated facilities at hospitals and health centers.
  • Health: PADEBU offers basic supplies and training to local health workers through community health structures (COSAs).
  • HIV/AIDS: HIV/AIDS is a cross-cutting issue, and all employees who work in the different programs, even technical staff, are trained in delivering a sensitization message on HIV/AIDS alongside their programmatic work.


The supreme governing body is the general assembly, which consists of representativesfrom the member organizations and other community members. The general assembly meets onceeach year and selects the board of directors. The board meets every two months and oversees theorganization’s work. The general assembly also selects a control commission, which conductsinternal audits and investigations. PADEBU has nine administrative and financial staff and 20 fieldagents, including agronomists, veterinarians, technicians, and community health workers.

PADEBU has bank accounts at Banque congolaise du développement commerciale, BIAC, and theCooperative of Nyawira. For financial, administrative, and personnel management, PADEBU 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


  • Has all its papers and operates legally
  • Is very active in the region and maintains three offices
  • Has good logistical resources for project implementation


  • More long-term funding to ensure stability and continuity of programs and staff
  • Increased competency of its board of directors. Currently the staff has greater competence than the board, which creates an awkward balance of power.
  • Ways to adequately monitor or maintain its membership system

Funders and Budget

For 2010, PADEBU’s budget was $1,570,000. Funders include Oxfam and UNDP.


  • Has contributed to increased food security in the Bunyakiri area. Through its own research, it reports that families in its area of operation now eat three meals per day, in contrast to one daily meal during the war years.
  • Built or rehabilitated six schools
  • In 2004, when PADEBU initiated a local version of the Inter-Congolese Dialogue, it became a model that was replicated by communities in Walungu territory.

Organizational Vision

Create a rural population with enough food to eat and safe shelter

Project Proposals

  • Food security and environmental protection: PADEBU seeks funds to organize a program that combines the goals of increasing food security and protecting the environment in four areas of North Kiivu and South Kivu (Uvira, Kalehe, Kabare, and Walikale). This project will include construction or rehabilitation of infrastructure (including roads, markets, and veterinary clinics), production of trees and shrubs to prevent erosion and facilitate reforestation, and organization of six networks of crop producers. Cost: $1,535,000 (for three years)
  • Electrification of Bunyakiri: PADEBU seeks money to construct a hydroelectric dam to provide power to the town of Bunyakiri. This project will have many social and economic benefits, and will also help protect the environment by reducing the need for people to cut trees for use as fuel. Cost: $1,475,458 (for three years)
  • Building institutional capacity: PADEBU seeks funds to organize meetings, pay its staff, and purchase equipment for and acquire Internet access at its office. Cost: $541,650 (for three years)


Oscar Kalimba, coordinator, +243.994.146.099

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