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Learning Briefs | April 13, 2023

Exploring Community Volunteer Incentive Structures

Learning from the Budikadidi Project in the DRC

In 2022, the DRC Budikadidi team launched a study to capture learning on the coherence, impact, and sustainability of the project’s incentive structures.

 Between 2017 and 2023, a CRS-led consortium implemented the USAID-funded Budikadidi Resilience Food Security Activity (RFSA) in the DRC’s Kasaï Oriental Province to sustainably improve household nutrition, food security, and economic well-being. Reaching over 400,000 community members across 491 villages, Budikadidi approaches are implemented through the leadership of numerous community volunteers. To motivate community volunteers, Budikadidi has promoted different incentive structures combining both monetary and non-monetary incentives to varying degrees of effectiveness. Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of Budikadidi incentive structures can inform future approaches to fairly motivate local volunteers and develop sustainable service delivery in local communities.