Rwanda: Empowering young people to communicate for peace
Young people have played an important role in pushing a narrative that promotes peace, reconciliation and societal healing in Rwanda, since the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. Training them to communicate well is key to ensuring that they feel more empowered [...]
African Great Lakes Region: Investing in mediation at the community level
Mediators play an important role by facilitating a return to peace during conflict. For this reason, peacebuilding efforts in the African Great Lakes region must not overlook the need for mediators at community level to resolve conflicts.
An insider mediati [...]
Healing the invisible wounds of violence in Rwanda
Linda* is a mother and wife who lost her family during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. She was 16 years old, when armed men attacked her home in Bugesera, a town in Eastern Rwanda, and brutally killed her parents, siblings and friends.
Rwanda Genocide Remembrance Day 2020: Monica McWilliams’ message of remembrance and hope
In 1994, the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda claimed about 1million lives and left the country with the massive burden of overcoming this national trauma and building a fresh future.
The Chair of Interpeace’s Governing Board, Monica McWilliams, was i [...]
It is 11:37am in Muhanga, a town in the southern province of Rwanda and a group of 24 women have gathered despite the drizzle, to welcome a delegation of Interpeace and Never Again Rwanda. These women have all exper [...]
The participatory governance aspect of the programme helps citizen groups to bring their priorities to the attention of policy- and decision-makers at the local, district and national levels. This makes it possible for decision-makers to consider citizen voice [...]
The programme facilitates dialogue spaces in which community members can openly discuss sensitive topics, identify solutions and reach consensus on priorities for peace. The dialogue gives community members of diverse backgrounds an opportunity to regularly co [...]
Trauma healing remains a pressing public health issue in Rwanda. NAR and Interpeace have contributed towards addressing this challenge by implementing a psychosocial support group therapy programme over a four-year period, fostering both individual healing and [...]
More than two decades after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Rwanda has made substantial progress in the social, economic and political realms. The country has developed a viable multiparty system, while the determined efforts of numerous state and civil s [...]
25 years after the Genocide against the Tutsi, trauma healing needs to be at the centre of peace and development efforts
By Scott Weber and Joseph Ryarasa Nkurunziza
As Claudine draws water from the ground at her home in rural Rwanda, nothing in her demeanour suggests that she has been to hell and back. Her focus is intense as she works the hand pump to fill [...]
International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda – Message from Scott M. Weber, Director-General of Interpeace
For each year that goes by, the gravity of what came to pass on 7 April 1994 and the long months that followed sinks in a little deeper. No one knows this grief better than Rwandans themselves. On this solemn day, Interpeace stands with the Rwandan people in s [...]
Terre, identité, pouvoir et mouvements de population dans la région des Grands Lacs – Forum des parties prenantes régionales
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Le “Forum régional des parties prenantes” constitue à la fois un mécanisme et une étape clé du processus de mise en œuvre de ce programme. Il valide les résultats des actions de rechercheaction participative (RAP) sur une problématique de recherche [...]
My Land, My Life, My Identity: Addressing land conflicts in the Great Lakes Region
The African Great Lakes region has experienced intermittent armed conflict for the past six decades, often resulting in large population displacements and serious humanitarian crises. In the three bordering countries of Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Repub [...]
Youth affirm the power of cooperation for peace in the Great Lakes Region
At just 22 years of age, Ornella Irakoze has a deep understanding of the consequences of political manipulation. She grew up in Burundi, which has known a history of conflict underpinned by ethnic divisions as a result of political manipulation.
In Septembe [...]
Great Lakes peacebuilding programme launches first cross-border dialogue space
On a warm Wednesday afternoon, a group of neighbours came together in Rwanda's Bugesera district to share, talk and most importantly listen to one another in the name of peacebuilding.
They are not neighbours in a conventional sense; in fact, half of them a [...]
Rwanda: Involving the diaspora in the dialogue process
A team from Interpeace's partner in Rwanda, the Institute or Research and Development for Peace (IRDP), recently travelled to Belgium and Switzerland to engage the Rwandan diaspora in a constructive dialogue process for peace. The aim of IRDP's mission to Euro [...]
Interpeace's local partner in Rwanda, the Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace (IRDP), engages young people in the peacebuilding process.
Schools of Debate – promoting a culture of peace
Since 2006, the School of Debate program [...]
Since 2006, the School of Debate programme has been working with youth in secondary schools and universities to promote a culture of debate and critical thinking as fundamental aspects of a functioning democracy. The video shows the views of four educators fol [...]
Nine women leaders from various communities in Rwanda came together last month at the Peace Center in Kigali for a ‘Peace Circle’ training programme. This programme is organized by the Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace (IRDP), [...]