By Penine Uwimbabazi, Patrick Hajayandi and Jean de Dieu Basabose
Date of publication: November 2014
Policy Brief No 17: Forums for Reconciliation in Rwanda: Challenges and Opportunities
Two decades after the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, there are many things to celebrate at both the political and socio-economic levels of Rwandan society. The country has made many efforts to respond to various challenges related to the post-genocide context. Among other initiatives, the Government of Rwanda established the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC), with a mandate to foster unity, build trust and move Rwandan society towards sustainable reconciliation. The Commission has recorded some great achievements in relation to its mandate. This Policy Brief highlights some of the challenges that persist. The policy recommendations are inspired by, and learned from, a four-day consultative workshop that was conducted in Rulindo district (Rwanda Northern Province) and comprised district-level and sector-level leaders of the Forums for Reconciliation established by the NURC. All policy implications that are recorded here are drawn from the workshop participants’ views.