Association for the Support of the Women of Maniema (APEF), Maniema
APEF is a registered NGO with the provincial government.
Kindu, Maniema province
Maniema province, especially in Kindu town, and Kasongo and Pangi territories
Sectors of InterventionHealth; education; agriculture and livestock; human rights; microfinance and microcredit
In 2004, a group of women in Kindu created APEF (Association pour l’encadrement de lafemme du Maniema) to address the problems faced by women after the repeated conflicts of 1996–2003 in Maniema. These problems included severe economic hardship and various forms of violenceperpetrated on women and girls. APEF sought to comprehensively address the needs of women inManiema and initiated programs to educate women about family planning and HIV/AIDS; to improvethe literacy of adult women and single mothers; to provide seeds, tools, and animals to women; to promotethe rights of women and children; and to finance small businesses for women. APEF started withan office in Kindu but later established offices in the towns of Kipaka, Kunda, and Kalima. APEF hasworked with many national and international partners, including the FCP from KfW, GIZ (formerlyGTZ), FAO, UNICEF, the provincial health division, the provincial department of agriculture, and theprovincial division of gender, family, and children.
MissionAccompany women during the process of self-development and help them know their rights in society.
- Promote the participation of women in the economic, social, and cultural activities of their communities and Maniema province
- Promote the socioeconomic status of women
- Fight against the violation of women’s rights
- Facilitate peace and the reconciliation of communities in conflict
- Facilitate and promote public health
- Invest in agro-pastoral activities
Populations ServedAPEF primarily serves the women of Maniema province.
- Public health: APEF works with health centers and supports them with trainings, medicines, and sensitization on women’s issues.
- Agriculture: APEF trains and provides agro-pastoral supplies (tools and seeds) to women’s community-based organizations.
- Small business: APEF gives technical assistance and small loans to women’s groups.
- Gender and justice: APEF educates, trains, and assists women about their rights, and helps survivors of human rights violations and sexual violence to obtain legal assistance and justice.
The supreme governing body is the general assembly, which meets once a year. Thegeneral assembly selects the management board, which meets every six months to oversee APEF’s operations.A monitoring committee meets every three months, reports to the general assembly, and conductsan annual internal audit of APEF’s finances. APEF has six permanent staff, including counselors.
APEF has a bank account at Rawbank in Kinshasa and with the financial cooperative COOPECIMARA in Kindu. For financial, administrative, and personnel management, APEF 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
- A strong, dedicated staff with extensive experience
- Proven ability to successfully implement projects
- Well respected in the community and on good terms with government officials
- Means of transportation, such as motorbikes
- A steady power supply through a generator or solar panels
- Office equipment, such as computers, printers, and photocopiers
- Financing for its programs
Funders and BudgetIn 2010, APEF’s budget was $720,000. Funders include the Fund for the Consolidation of Peace (FCP), GIZ (formerly GTZ), and FAO.
- Provided psychological care for 475 women survivors of sexual violence
- Enabled medical care for 253 women survivors of sexual violence
- Established four teaching centers with programs for single mothers and other women in literacy, tailoring, and sewing
- Funded construction of three warehouses/markets in Kunda, Kipaka, and Kalima
- Funded construction of a barn in Kipaka
- Manages 78 hectares (193 acres) of fields for food crops
- Conducted many training sessions for women on HIV/AIDS and other public health issues
- Distributed free mosquito nets impregnated with insecticide to women
Organizational VisionAPEF would like to expand its activities to the entire Maniema province, including putting a literacy center for women in all of Maniema’s major towns.
- Institutional capacity building: APEF seeks to increase the capacities of the staff in its four offices for administrative and program management. This project would also enable APEF to purchase office equipment, including computers and printers. Cost: $37,400