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Learning Briefs | April 13, 2023

Learning from the Budikadidi Project in the DRC

Exploring Community Volunteer Incentive Structures

Since 2017, a CRS-led consortium has implemented the USAID-funded Resilience Food Security Activity (RFSA) in three health zones of the Kasaï Oriental Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Budikadidi (meaning “self-sufficiency” in Tshiluba) project works to sustainably improve household’s 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. Incentives serve as a means of motivating volunteers and are typically categorized as monetary (cash) or non-monetary (in-kind, intangible, and work tools). 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. As such, this study was designed to capture learning on the coherence, impact, and sustainability of Budikadidi incentive structures.