Act for Gender (AFG), North Kivu
AFG is a registered NGO with the provincial government.
Beni, North Kivu province
Beni and Lubero territories
Sectors of InterventionWASH; food security; good governance; microfinance; health; peace building
In 2007, a group of people created Act for Gender (AFG) to address local needs in a context of political insecurity and food insecurity. The group was initially focused on the situation of farmers in Kyanzaba, a town in Beni territory where the population was malnourished and lived in extreme poverty. AFG sought to help Kyanzaba and other communities come up with ideas to help their economic and social situations, and to protect human rights and promote public health. AFG promotes equal participation by men and women in its own work, and in its work with local communities. AFG has worked with international funders and partners, including the Norwegian Refugee Council and UNDP/OCHA (Pooled Fund).
MissionPromote gender equity and awareness, and address the needs of vulnerable populations
- Promote gender in every aspect of life and engage in advocacy on behalf of vulnerable members of the population
- Carry out multisectoral evaluations of areas deemed humanitarian crisis spots
- Provide judicial and legal assistance and psychosocial support to victims of harassment, and provide assistance with food and nonfood items for IDPs and persons with disabilities
- Organize a rotating microcredit loan
- Improve access to better seeds, tools, and training for improved agricultural techniques
- Multisectoral evaluations: AFG carries out multisectoral evaluations to identify the needs of IDPs, returnees, and other vulnerable groups. It conducts this work with the RRMP (Rapid Response to Population Movement) program coordinated by UNICEF and OCHA.
- Distribution of nonfood items: AFG works in collaboration with local health zones to distribute mosquito nets to combat malaria among vulnerable groups, particularly pregnant women.
- Microcredit: AFG has started a microcredit cooperative to improve quality of life at the family level.
AFG’s supreme governing body is the general assembly, which is composed of 18 members and meets annually. The general assembly provides guidance to the organization and approves budgets and strategic plans. The general assembly elects the board of directors, which is composed of five members, meets every quarter, monitors AFG’s operations, and develops the strategy for these operations. The control commission is also elected by the general assembly and is responsible for internal financial and system audits and controls. AFG has 19 employees.
AFG has an account at BIC in Beni and a cooperative account at CREDEF in Beni. For financial, administrative, and personnel management, AFG has:
- A procedures manual with policies for financial management; hiring and personnel issues; and purchasing policies and procedures: YES
- A computerized accounting system: YES
- A clearly defined accounting process: YES
- Clear procedures for management of payroll, petty cash, procurement and disbursements: YES
- Staff with technical expertise to undertake projects: YES
- Qualified staff with successful project implementation experience
- Founding members who regularly contribute financially
- A particularly strong relationship with the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization
- More financial means and multiyear grants to increase its self-sufficiency
- Rehabilitation of 11 water points in Kalinda (Beni territory) to assist 4,745 people living there
Funders and BudgetFor 2010, AFG’s budget was $72,000. Funders include UNDP (Pooled Fund money); AFG gets seeds and other nonmonetary assistance from FAO.
- Conducted five multisectoral and sectoral evaluations in Mbutaba, Bulongo, Mutwanga, Eringeti, and Rugetsi
- Distributed agricultural supplies (seeds and tools) in Mangina, Kyanzaba, Mbutaba, and Mabuku
- Worked in collaboration with PPSSP to distribute repellent-impregnated mosquito nets in Bulongo, Mwenda, Mutwanga, Kisima, Lume, and Kyanzaba
- Runs demonstration fields and fisheries in Kyanzaba
- Creating fish farms: AFG will work with local farmers to establish fish farms. It will identify suitable sites, help farmers construct fish ponds, provide them with fish, and ensure technical and follow-up support to increase local consumption of protein. Cost: $93,715
- Planting trees: In Lubero and Beni towns, AFG will plant trees and sensitize the local communities to fight against climate change through tree planting. AFG will ensure the provision of seeds and technical support to community members, who will raise seedlings and plant trees. Cost: $143,060
- WASH: In southern Lubero and northern Beni territories, AFG will sensitize communities about hygiene and waterborne diseases, construct water points, and build latrines. Cost: $325,124