Officially launched by Alternatives in Kinshasa in March 2003, the Civil Society Internet Portal in DRC remains today the virtual meeting place for
Congolese civil society organizations. It offers the benefits of a dynamic Internet
presence to all civil society networks and organizations, and at the same
time helps develop civil society organizations, their actions and their
In DRC, AIDS affects a large portion of the population at a rate of 5%. With an average of 173,000 new cases each year, this number will probably continue to grow. Several aggravating factors, such as the war and mass displacement, have likely contributed to the spread of HIV and other STDs. Hospitals are currently overrun with HIV patients. At the Kisangani hospital, 68% of its patients are expected to die of AIDS, compared to 75% at the hospital in Kikwit.
Classified among the poorest nations of the world for several years now, since 1993 Burundi has faced an armed conflict that has severely affected all sectors of society. Other unfavourable factors have contributed to the despairs of poverty, including movement of refugees, recurring droughts and a severe malaria epidemic.
Alternatives and its partners have developed a rehabilitation project in the provinces of Kayanza, Muramvya, Bururi and Bujumbura.
This project was created by Alternatives in collaboration with ADRA, the Angola Development Coalition and local NGOs.
The project was born out of a post-civil war context, characterized by high inflation, immobilized businesses, excessively high unemployment rates and mass exoduses from rural regions due to violence and instability. The public social support system was being thinly distributed, which caused increased violence in cities. In short, the country was struggling to recover from fifteen years of conflict.
The prolonged war in Angola has seriously impacted the quality of school conditions, on both academic and material levels, which in turn affects human development potential, social dialogue and the power of Angolan democratic institutions. Fleeing combat zones and in constant pursuit of safety, over the past years parents and teachers have struggled to provide schooling for their children.
The Union des groupes d'étude et d'action pour le développement de Fizi-Itombwe (UGEAFI) works toward improving living conditions for habitants of the regions of Bibokoboko, Mutambala and Minembwe through socioeconomic and cultural programs. It is involved in the development of agriculture, increasing the marketing capacities of autonomous cooperatives, and promoting socio-educational organizations and the peace process in the region it serves.
Promotion et appui aux initiatives féminines (PAIF) is an NGO created in 1992 that works principally in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, in North and South Kivu. It focuses mainly on the areas of microcredit, sociocultural rights and political rights for women, and works primarily to foster dialogue between women and men, but also with policy-makers. PAIF also collaborates with other local NGOs in the CIVIK program for civil society in Kivu.
Le Forum social sénégalais is the Senegalese version of the World Social Forum. It aims to draw attention to specific issues in Senegal, and more broadly the Senegambia region and West Africa. Its efforts have also led to its selection as the host city of Dakar WSF 2011.
In 2002, Alternatives was involved in the creation of the popular research and education group Research & Education in Development, mainly through developing a portal for research and networking on South African social movements. Using the content management system Drupal, the portal enables the social science research community to publish material, exchange points of view and stay on top of social movements in Southern Africa.