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RDC: Formation sur les droits numériques pour Avocats : Appel à candidatures

Rudi International organise une formation pour avocat(e)s à Goma du 31 mars au 1er avril, ainsi qu’une conférence le 2 avril. La formation porte, entre autres, sur les aspects du droit lié au numérique, la sécurité de données et la conférence comptera pour la 3e édition de HakiConf, qui est la « Conférence sur les droits de l’homme à l’ère du numérique en RDC ».

Vous pouvez suivre cet extrait vidéo pour l’édition 2018 et 2019 de cette conférence.

La formation résultera en la constitution de la première cohorte du « Réseau des Avocats Congolais sur les droits numériques » qui travailleront avec Rudi International dans ses activités de formation, de plaidoyer et de recherche sur le numérique et les droits numériques en particulier, en RDC et en Afrique.

Nous recherchons des avocats inscrits au Barreau (en majorité de femmes avocates) basées dans les villes de Goma (8), Bukavu (4), Lubumbashi (1), Kinshasa (2) qui devront être disponibles à voyager sur Goma (les frais seront couverts) et ainsi prendre part à la formation ainsi qu’à la conférence.

Compte tenu du nombre limité de places à pourvoir, la sélection sera rigoureuse et Rudi International se réserve le droit de rejeter certaines candidatures.

Conditions de sélection :

  • Avoir une expertise ou un intérêt avéré sur les questions du numérique ;
  • Être disposé à faire le déplacement sur Goma pour un total de près de 5 jours (dépendamment de la fréquence de vols) ;
  • Une fois sélectionné, il faudra présenter une lettre de recommandation du Cabinet ou vous prestez ;
  • Répondre au formulaire dans le délai.

Veuillez envoyer votre candidature en complétant ce formulaire au plus tard le Dimanche 14 mars 2021 à 14h (heure de Goma).

Rudi Education College Fund

We are super excited about this new step in our Rudi Education journey. Are you interested in joining those who have expressed interest in contributing to a Rudi Education College Fund? Please express your “Interest in Contributing to the Rudi Education College Fund” using our Google Form: https://forms.gle/7TfsZd2mRvVScmBr7

Four of Rudi International Students Are Graduating

By God’s grace, in 2021, Rudi International will have up to 4 of its students graduate from High School. Two of the four students joined the Rudi Education program at its inception in 2012 and the two others joined the following year. In this video, we introduce them to you and give you the opportunity to hear them speak about our past together as well as their vision for the future!

Speaking of future, some have expressed interest in continuing to sponsor our students through College. The good news is that College doesn’t cost much more than you are already contributing per student each year in Rudi Education. Depending on the College the student is admitted in, yearly College tuition starts at around $400 and can go higher. Please let us know if you are interested in contributing to the Rudi Education College Fund via this Google Form: https://forms.gle/7TfsZd2mRvVScmBr7

The Lord God is good! These four are soon walking the stage as they graduate from High School.

At the moment we are publishing this, school in Congo has been put to a pause in an effort by the Congolese government to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19. Please pray with us that: school would resume soon and all of our students would go and shine forth for the glory of our God.

Thank you for your continued support of our work. Keep in touch, let us know how you are doing, let us know if you have any specific questions about any of our programs and activities.

Rudi International se joint à d’autres voix pour dire non à la taxe sur les téléphones mobiles en RDC

Goma, le 18 Septembre 2020 (Mis a jour le 28 Septembre 2020)

Rudi International joint sa voix à celle d’autres organisations qui se sont exprimées au sujet de la taxe sur les téléphones mobiles en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) prévue de prendre effet le 24 Septembre 2020.

“Ce décret vient ainsi ajouter une 6e taxe bénéficiant l’ARPTC, sur les 5 autres qu’elle prélève déjà sur les opérateurs de son secteur. Il s’agit d’une taxe sur le Certification des appareils mobiles, dont le fait générateur est l’« enregistrement annuel automatique de l’appareil mobile au Registre Central de la base de données des IMEI ou CEIR ». Le taux de ladite taxe sera fixé selon le type d’appareil mobile, à raison de 1 USD pour les téléphones 2G, 7 USD pour les appareils mobiles 3G, 4G ou plus, ainsi que tous les autres appareils mobiles dotés d’une technologie future. Le prélèvement sera ainsi effectué sur le débiteur, en l’occurrence l’utilisateur du téléphone enregistré dans la base des données du service, via un opérateur de télécommunication fournisseur de service au détenteur de l’appareil concerné. », comme l’on peut lire dans notre Déclaration.

Cette taxe pour constituer le RAM vise, selon la communication du Ministère des PTNTIC, à lutter contre l’utilisation des téléphones contrefaits, lutter contre le vol des téléphones, le kidnapping, éliminer la vente sur le marché des téléphones volés et/ou contrefaits, etc.

Rudi International, en tant qu’organisation qui, entre autres, défend la cause des utilisateurs des télécommunications et de l’Internet en RDC voudrait, au travers de cette déclaration présenter à l’opinion nationale et internationale son analyse qui démontre pourquoi cette taxe devrait être suspendue.

Parmi les raisons présentées dans notre Déclaration, nous pouvons retenir celles-ci :

  • L’inopportunité de cette taxe en une période où la population est frappée économiquement par les effets liés à la Covid-19 ;
  • A la place de fournir des efforts pour renforcer le taux de pénétration de la téléphonie mobile dans le pays, cette taxe n’aura qu’un effet inverse car les téléphones deviendront beaucoup plus chers sur le marché ;
  • Les informations rendues publique par le Ministère au sujet de la pertinence de cette taxe ne sont pas convaincantes car l’on ne sait pas savoir à quoi exactement les revenus collectés vont servir, ni la teneur des accords avec l’entreprise étrangère désignée pour effectuer ces opérations d’enregistrement.

“Nous considérons ainsi que l’imposition d’une nouvelle taxe sur l’utilisateur de l’appareil mobile n’aura d’autre incidence que de réduire sensiblement l’adoption de la téléphonie mobile et ainsi ramener le taux de pénétration de l’Internet au plus bas dans notre pays. Cela va ainsi à l’encontre de la vision du Chef de l’État exprimée au travers le Plan National Numérique horizon 2025 où il dit vouloir Faire du numérique congolais un levier d’intégration, de bonne gouvernance, de croissance économique et de progrès social ”, comme cela est dit dans notre Déclaration.

Nous prenons également l’opportunité de présenter quelques recommandations au gouvernement congolais :

  • Annuler tout simplement la mise en place de cette taxe et profiter des possibilités visiblement disponibles qui puissent permettre de réaliser les mêmes objectifs, sans une incidence financière sur les utilisateurs finaux ;
  • De renforcer les entreprises publiques, à l’instar de l’OCC, qui sont responsables de la vérification de tout produit qui entre sur le territoire congolais afin qu’elles soient en mesure de traquer tout appareil contrefait et empêcher leur entrée sur le territoire national.

Si la taxe doit toujours être considérée suite à certains de ses bienfaits sur le secteur, Rudi International recommande aux acteurs impliqués de repousser la date de sa mise en vigueur afin de :

  • Prendre le temps nécessaire pour mieux étoffer le concept et donner des projections financières réalistes qui permettront de montrer en quoi la population va bénéficier des revenus générés ;
  • Il est aussi important de dire clairement si cette taxe sera collectée indéfiniment ou bien elle est circonscrite sur une période spécifique. La dernière option est la plus plausible d’autant plus que l’enregistrement de l’IMEI d’un portable ne se fera qu’une seule fois ;
  • Faire une bonne communication autour du projet afin que la population en comprenne les bienfaits.

Rudi International voudrait remettre la Déclaration en mains propres auprès des autorités concernées avant de la mettre à la disposition du public dans les jours à venir et ce avant la mise en vigueur de ladite taxe.

Nous espérons que l’analyse telle que présentée dans notre Déclaration ainsi que les recommandations formulées pourront rencontrer la bonne volonté de notre gouvernement, au travers le Ministre des PTNTIC, son Excellence Kibassa Maliba, et ainsi y réagir de manière positive, en bon père de famille.

Notre Déclaration

Elle est maintenant accessible VIA CE LIEN

Elle a été remise au bureau de la Présidente de l’Assemblée Nationale, à quelques députés clé que nous avons pu rencontrer et bien sûr, au bureau du Ministre des PTNTIC.

De gauche a droite, Mr. Arsene Tungali (Directeur Executif, Rudi International) et Mr. Séraphin Umba (Directeur de Cabinet du Ministre des PTNTIC)

Nous avons fait notre part en espérant que les autres acteurs nous rejoignent.

Rudi Education Back to School 2020-2021

Born to Thrive!

Have you ever been amazed by the things kids know and how quickly they learn new things? Children were created to learn and they each have incredible potential. Given access to the right tools, children of any age, location, or family of origin will flourish. At Rudi, we believe all children deserve access to an education where they can learn, reach their full potential, and ultimately have a positive impact on their family and community. Unfortunately, many families in the DRC are unable to financially send their children to school. Would you consider sponsoring a student, or more, this year to help them reach their potential? For every $205, you will be providing tuition, school supplies, and a uniform to a child in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo for the entire school year. (Take me directly to the donation page: Select Rudi International School Sponsorship as the “Purpose”). The minimum need this year is to raise $18,500. We have till mid-October to reach this goal. Please spread the word in your network!

At Rudi, we believe all kids deserve an education to reach their full potential. Sadly, many in the DRC can’t afford school. You can send a child to school for $205 this year! https://rudiinternational.org/2020/09/15/rudi-education-back-to-school-2020-2021/

How To Donate – Choose the Purpose Rudi International School Sponsorship

You can donate directly on Love More Foundation’s platform here: https://www.aplos.com/aws/give/LoveMoreFoundation/general. Once you get to that page, please make sure you choose Rudi International School Sponsorship as the “purpose” of your donation.

On the donation page, please make sure you select Rudi International School Sponsorship as the “Purpose” of your one time or recurring gift.

You can also give by check made out to Love More Foundation, Inc with preference for Rudi International School Sponsorship or directly through the PayPal button our website. Many thanks to each of you have been part of our journey throughout the years. May the Lord God we serve reward you manifold!

Stay Informed About Rudi

Please address any questions to us via our Contact Us page, our Facebook.com/RudiEducation page or via our Facebook.com/RudiInternational page. Among our other programs, through the Rudi Education program, Rudi International is committed to improving the availability of education in one of the most war torn areas of the world. When you sponsor you provide tuition, uniform, school supplies, program costs, field trips, and after school activities throughout the year.

Our partner organization Love More Foundation is “Serving the poor of women and Children in developing countries currently primarily the DRC.” Find more information about them here: Love More Foundation Inc.

Quick Update:

As of today, October 19, we have not yet reached our fundraising goal in order to send all 90 children to school.

  1. Please let us know if you plan on sponsoring even further along in the school year.
  2. Please help us by telling your family and friends to see if anyone else can help by donating any amount.
  3. Please let us know if you have any questions we can answer.

Finally, please note that, if it is important that you receive a tax receipt (USA only) for the donation you make, please donate via the link to Love More Foundation or a check to Love More with preference for Rudi International. We are currently unable to deliver tax receipts for donations via our PayPal account.

DRC: How do we involve MPs in our digital rights work?

This has been a question we have been asking ourselves at Rudi International, a question that is highly relevant for other digital rights advocates as well. In the context of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), we have found it useful to have members of parliament (MPs) kept abreast of conversations on digital rights and to recruit them as strategic allies.

Our strategy has mainly been to keep the MPs informed on developments in the digital rights ecosystem on a local, national and international level and to attract their interest on these matters with the hope of counting them as strong allies and advocates.

In the DRC as in other countries, MPs are the ones passing laws and regulations and they also monitor the work of the government, its actions, or inactions. Advocacy, which is an important part of our work, is primarily influencing decision-making processes in the country and MPs can play an important role in a country with few ICT related legislations.

In late 2019, we were able to get an MP invited to attend some digital rights events to help him enrich his own perspectives, question some of his views, and understand why digital rights matter. With time, we have seen some positive outcomes and our hope is that our experience can serve other digital advocates across Africa.

Mr. Safari Ayobangira is a telecommunications engineer who has been elected twice to the DRC Parliament, making him a valuable ally. Before he joined Parliament, he worked as a manager for a telecommunications company in East Africa. He reached out to us, showed interest in the work we are doing in digital rights, and wanted to learn more about how he can support our vision.

MPs need to be in touch with the community in order to understand the issues, receive inputs, and then work with community experts to channel their issues in Parliament. The beauty of the process is they will have this count as their parliamentarian action. That’s the only way for them to become more popular and show citizens they are active enough to earn their vote next time.

By engaging with these MPs, they help us with our advocacy work and we help them by providing data on real issues they can stand for in parliament. Our research work often benefits from their perspectives and inputs, as they use our findings to inform their parliamentarian activities.

Together at FIFAfrica 2019 in Addis Ababa

Hon. Safari speaking at FIFAfrica 2019. Picture: Arsene Tungali

In September 2019, we got the Honorable Safari invited to CIPESA’s Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It was important for us to give him the opportunity to attend an important international meeting on African issues and have him engage in conversations to learn about the way other countries deal with issues of Internet freedom in their own context. On the sidelines of the forum, we introduced him to relevant stakeholders attending the event and gave him the opportunity to sharpen his own arguments on the relevance of digital rights debates.

During the coffee break. From left to right: Blaise, Hon. Safari and Arsene

Rudi International was represented at the event by our Executive Director, Arsene Tungali and our ICT Programs Manager, Blaise Ndola whose participation was funded through APC’s METF program.

Attending HakiConf 2019 in Goma

A month later in November, we invited the Honorable Safari to our annual Conference on Human Rights in the Digital Age in the DRC (HakiConf 2019) that took place in Goma. He traveled from Kinshasa and sat on the panel titled “Access, Quality, Interruption of (tele)communication services in the DRC: Between government action and user’s inaction“. It was a good opportunity for him to share his perspectives on the topic and be challenged by the views of other panelists and questions from the audience. HakiConf is proud to count APC among its financial supporters since the first HakiConf in 2018.

At the IGF 2019 in Berlin

Hon. Ayobangira during his panel at the IGF 2019. Photo: Arsene Tungali

Also in November, with help from Rudi International, Honorable Safari was invited to the global Internet Governance Forum (IGF 2019) in Berlin. Arsene Tungali is a member of the IGF MAG and he suggested the Honorable Safari’s participation alongside other MPs from around the world. This was yet another opportunity for the Honorable Safari to attend a global event, to face different rhetoric, and sharpen his own arguments on these processes. He was invited to sit on a high-level panel on “Governance Challenges in the Digital Age: Finding New Tools for Policy-Making” and took part in the other activities hosted by the German parliament, for MPs attending the IGF.

Back in the country

Since then, we have seen other MPs advocating for issues related to access to the Internet in the DRC as more and more citizens are publicly denouncing any kind of violation against their right to access the Internet and other telecoms services. The most recent example is when Airtel DRC, the second-largest telecommunications operator by the number of subscribers, increased the cost of 1Gb of data from USD 1 to USD 1,5, however, Airtel was encouraging its clients to access it for USD 1 through its mobile app instead. Citizens protested this change, as many were wondering how people could download the app if they are not yet connected.

Hon. Josue Mufula, speaking in Parliament. Picture: DRC Parliament

In the middle of this appraisal, on July 7, 2020, the Honorable Josue Mufula also stood on the side of citizens by asking that the ICT Minister and the telecoms Regulator, through a letter, provide explanations.

Back in June 2018, Rudi held a workshop to produce recommendations to the DRC Senate on the draft Telecoms and ICT law. The Honorable Josue Mufula helped us submit our advocacy document to the Senate’s Infrastructure Committee in Kinshasa. At that time, he was not an MP but was a strong supporter of our work. Now that he sits in Parliament, we look forward to more collaboration with him and other members of parliament.

We believe good collaboration between digital rights advocates and policy makers is beneficial for both parties and should be considered as a viable option in other African countries.