Arche d’Alliance (AA), South Kivu
AA is a registered NGO with the national and provincial governments.
Uvira, South Kivu province
Baraka, Uvira, Bukavu (South Kivu). AA is also active in North Kivu, Maniema, Mbuji-Mayi, and Kalemie.
Sectors of InterventionHuman rights; peace and conflict transformation; citizen education; sustainable development
In 1997, several people created AA (Arche d’Alliance, also known as Association depromotion de la paix et de défense des droits de la personne humaine en République Démocratique duCongo) to document human rights abuses committed by various armed actors in South Kivu. Fromthe beginning, AA created local committees to monitor and report on abuses, particularly cases oftorture and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). As AA documented more and more abuses, itextended its work to help survivors navigate the judicial system. AA further expanded to address localintra-community conflicts by creating local mediation committees, which serve as forums to addresslocal conflicts and as mechanisms to facilitate the reporting of human rights abuses. AA also works toeducate the community about human rights and its responsibility to ensure the rights of its members,along with related issues such as good governance. AA has worked with many international donors,including UNHCR, ICRC, Heartland Alliance, UNFPA, and MONUSCO.
MissionContribute to lasting peace through respect for human rights and to the realization of positive techniques of conflict transformation
Populations ServedVictims of human rights violations and vulnerable groups of people (e.g., youth, widows, orphans, the disabled)
- Monitoring human rights violations: AA focuses on identifying human rights violations, and sensitizing and training communities about their rights and the proper referral mechanisms when such rights have been abused. In addition, AA conducts a program to specifically identify and assist women and child survivors.
- Conflict mediation: AA is working through local committees and networks to monitor local conflicts and mediate them before they escalate or become part of broader conflict processes. AA carries out trainings for local communities and elected officials to help them monitor and mediate conflicts.
- Judicial accompaniment: To address persistent impunity for human rights abusers, AA initiated a program of accompaniment for victims. AA informs local communities and victims about the judicial process, and accompanies victims to report crimes and see cases through the courts.
- Education and capacity building: AA provides basic and advanced training for human rights activists, and builds or rehabilitates offices for its community partners.
The supreme governing authority is the general assembly, which meets once each yearand determines the organization’s annual programs and priorities. The assembly appoints a board ofdirectors of five members, which meets once a month and ensures execution of the organization’s programs.A control commission of three people conducts internal audits and investigations, and tracksprogress against the strategic and annual action plans.
AA has 108 permanent employees in six offices. The staff includes lawyers and professional trainers.AA has two bank accounts in Bujumbura (Burundi) and one account in Bukavu. For financial, administrative,and personnel management, AA has:
- A procedures manual with policies for financial management, hiring and personnel issues, and purchasing policies and procedures: YES
- A computerized accounting system: NO, but it tracks its finances using Excel
- 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
- Ability to mobilize international funding and fundraise
- Good collaboration and working relationships with state and nonstate partners
- Ablilty to reach and work in a vast part of South Kivu
- Strong, professional, motivated staff
- Access to local structures that facilitate conflict resolution and human rights monitoring
- Increased logistical resources to reach more areas
- Stronger and more qualified community personnel to manage the grassroots structures
- An increased level of funds that belong solely to AA
- More staff to reduce dependence on volunteers for community-based work
Funders and BudgetIn 2010, AA’s budget was $1,490,495. Funders include UNHCR, ICRC, Heartland Alliance, UNFPA, and MONUSCO.
- Created 34 local mediation committees (Comité de médiation communautaire, or CMC), which mediate local conflicts and report human rights abuses
- Created 14 women’s groups, which provide support and advice for income-generating activities
- Created community groups known as the Networks of Peace (Noyaux de paix), which work with paralegals to provide a legal framework for resolving local disputes
Organizational VisionA nation at peace where human rights are respected
- Supporting mediation and conciliation committees: AA seeks funds to support its 34 local mediation committees. AA will facilitate trainings to reinforce the capacities of these groups to identify and resolve conflicts, and to educate the community about HIV/AIDS. It will also work with local authorities with the overall goal of improving peace and stability in Uvira and Fizi territories. Cost: $85,000
- Ending impunity for sexual violence perpetrators: AA proposes to ensure the support and prosecution of perpetrators of sexual violence in Uvira and Fizi territories, and to provide financial assistance to women during the judicial process. Cost: $60,000
- Fighting against torture: AA seeks funds to provide free legal assistance to victims of torture in Uvira and Fizi territories. In addition, it will educate local communities and authorities about laws on torture, and improve the capacities of its CMCs to address this issue. Cost: $100,000