Aegis Trust in conjunction with Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London and the Politics Department at SOAS will host an International Impact Event, entitled ‘Rwandan Perspectives on Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Sustainable Peace: Enhancing Research, Influencing Policy’. The event will be held on the 30th and 31st May 2018 at the King’s College London and will showcase the work of Rwandan researchers who over the last two years have been mentored through the DFID-funded Research, Policy and Higher Education (RPHE) programme at the Aegis Trust in Kigali, Rwanda. During the event, 12 of the Aegis-commissioned Rwandan authors will present their research on issues including state programmes, policies and citizens experiences in Rwanda, identify formation, the role and place of the family in the post-genocide period and education as a means of speaking across social divides. The aims of the International Impact Event are as follows:
- To brief international policymakers, practitioners, academics and publishers on the Rwandan research outputs, allowing local expertise to inform international engagement with the country, to produce more effective policymaking based on deep contextual knowledge produced by Rwandan researchers, and to reorient donor priorities, especially in the context of supporting African research communities;
- To develop the Aegis RPHE working papers for submission to peer-reviewed international journals, reorienting the sites of knowledge production on Rwanda and enhancing the capacities of the participating researchers (some of whom are non-academics) to support others in Rwanda to do the same;
- To solidify the cohort of Rwandan researchers as a high profile and effective scholarly community in Rwandan civil society, with crucial links to individual UK-based academics, to SOAS and KCL as institutions that seek to foster strong collaborations with African researchers and to key international policymaker and practitioner networks;
- To establish the basis for Dr. Ndahinda’s, Dr. Palmer’s and Dr. Clark’s research into the DFID-funded RPHE programme as an example of global networks that directly address epistemic power differentials between the Global South and North and between citizens and the state in Rwanda.
The event is public and open to all participants following registration. Click here to register and to find out the exact location of the venue. We are looking forward to seeing you.
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