S.D.A.-IRIBA stands for Services au Développement des Associations - Ishyirahamwe Rigamije Iterambere ry’Abishyizehamwe
SDA-IRIBA is a National NGO working for social transformation and development of rural areas in Rwanda. It concentrates its efforts in the southern province since its creation in 2000 but expects an extension of its interventions throughout the country depending on fund availability.
S.D.A.-IRIBA has been granted a legal personality by ministry decree no 069/11, published in official gazette no 4 on February 15th, 2004. It has authorization from RGB published in official gazette No 25 on June 22nd, 2015. TARGET GROUP S.D.A.-IRIBA targets extremely poor and vulnerable households in the domain of enhancing economic security; and all citizens and community organizations for the domain of citizen participation.
“We believe in a rural world developed, where everyone has a dignified and enviable life”.
“Working for a rural fair world, highly active, able to manage itself and take control of its destiny”.
S.D.A.-IRIBA identified 3 strategic domains for sustainable poverty alleviation:
1. Enhance economic security for extremely poor households: Economic security here, refers to access to productive assets and sustainable income generation that enable a household to meet basic needs, such as easy access to food, health services, clothes, and education so that household members should strongly engage in sustainable development by unlocking and developing their potential and social capital for sustainability.
Tracked indicators to ensure that livelihood is strengthened for a household:
- A household set out a mechanism for conflict resolution and prevention (Gender equity & family dialogue included),
- Household members are active for change to graduate out of extreme poverty; they are working by short-term and smart interlinked objectives; they are generating income from diverse Income Generating Activities; Self-confidence is increasing
- The household is sustainably and increasingly generating income.
- Capacity to meet basic needs (easy access to balanced food: at least 2/day, health services, clothes, and education) is increasing;
- The household has developed a strong social cohesion in the community and is taking advantage of it through 5 dimensions: Spirit of belonging, Inclusion, Participation, Recognition, and Social capital for sustainability.
- The household is active in its financial inclusion.
Result 2016: Through a partnership with CONCERN WWR, 1.929 households have graduated out of extreme poverty, with 593 households in Huye District, 547 households in Nyaruguru District, and 789 households in Nyamagabe District. (Final Evaluation Report on https://www.concern.net/where-we-work/africa/rwanda)
2. Good governance and citizen participation is understood as a way where peoples and groups of people are empowered in order to play an active role in decision-making that affects the community and to participate in the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of decisions made. Citizen participation is implemented in partnership with other 4 CSOs from Nyamagabe throughout “Initiative pour la Participation Citoyenne” with support from GIZ and Transparency International Rwanda through the GPSA project funded by World Bank.
It is facilitated through 4 dimensions:
- Information Peoples are honestly informed so that they are able to discuss and criticize.
- Dialogue: The Local Government involves people in defining priorities for programs and policies
- Consultation/Cooperation: What people propose is taken into account during the planning process.
- Participation in decision making, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation: Local Government decides, implements, monitors, and evaluates with the people.
Result 2016-2022: Through a partnership with GIZ, citizens from Nymagabe and Nyaruguru districts played and are playing an active role in districts, sectors, and cells performance contracts’ elaboration and implementation. Through the GPSA Project in Nyanza District in Collaboration with Transparency International Rwanda, farmers are actively participating in the District Annual Action Planning process and District Development Strategy elaboration in agriculture.
3. Internal Capacity Building.
Through this domain, continuous institutional capacity building of S.D.A.-IRIBA is being done to enable the organization to improve the impact of its interventions. Cross-cutting issues are Gender equity and the Environment.