Fourth Cohort of research projects by Rwandan researchers to be facilitated by Aegis trust with funds from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA): Summary of authors’ profiles and research projects

Aegis trust is proud to announce the selection of 8 research projects by Rwandan researchers, as a result of its 4th Call for research proposals. The research projects will be running from January to December 2018. Please find below a summary description of the research projects and short biographies of their authors.


Paper: Understanding everyday experiences of conflicts and (Re)constructing identity: the case of Burundian refugees in Rwanda

Co-author: Alida Furaha is a PhD Candidate at Gothenburg University, Sweden and is a Researcher and Lecturer for the Centre for Conflict Management (CCM) at the University of Rwanda.

Co-author: Gérard Birantamije is a PhD holder in Social and Political science. He is co-director of the “Cahier du Centre d’Analyses et de recherches Interdisciplinaires sur le Développement dans la Région des Grands Lacs (CARID-RGL)” publications from the Tanganyika Lake University. Gérard is also guest lecturer at the School of Criminology at Lubumbashi University and at the Official University of Bukavu, DRC.

Description: This paper explores how the Burundian civilian population living in refugee camps and outside the camps in Rwanda understand conflict and (re)construct their identity. The research seeks to discuss how the lived experiences about conflicts inform processes of identification in a particular setting and aims at providing knowledge on how the Burundian civilian population understands conflict in Burundi, their exclusion and discrimination.


Paper: Resistance and Rescue in Ndi Umunyarwanda: Conceptual trajectories and pedagogical possibilities

Author: Richard Benda is a Lecturer and research Fellow at Luther King House- Partnership for Theological education. His PhD research explored the response of Christians and Muslims to the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. His post-doctoral research interests are among others Genocide studies, post-conflict transitional theories, Transgenerational narratives, Public and Political Theology as well as Public Sphere Pedagogies.

Description: The research offers a comprehensive study of the incorporation of Resistance and Rescue in Ndi Umunyarwanda narrative in the form of “Abarinzi b’igihango” (rescuers). The paper will examine the question of the extent to which the institution of “Abarinzi b’igihango” embodies a relationship of reciprocal validation between Ndi Umunyarwanda and the practices of resistance and rescue during the genocide against Tutsi in 1994.



Paper: Parenting, disclosure and intergenerational trauma: Exploring disclosure practices among Rwandan parents

Co-author: Claver Irakoze is the Digital Resources manager at Aegis Trust. He is currently writing his biography titled Survivor Parents: Raising Rwanda’s next generation

Co-author: Caroline Williamson is a PhD holder in French and Francophone studies. Her thesis subject was Posttraumatic identities: Developing a culturally informed understanding of posttraumatic growth in Rwandan women genocide survivors

She is a Lecturer in World Languages (French) at the University College Cork, developing and administering modules for the BA in World Languages

Description: This paper explores disclosure practices in Rwandan families: How parents discuss official and personal histories of the genocide against the Tutsi and related violence with their children as a mitigating factor lessening intergenerational trauma.


Paper: L’image de la femme Tutsi dans l’imaginaire des Génocidaires de la période allant de 1960 à 2017

Author: Liberata Gahongayire is a Research Fellow in social sciences for the National Commission for the fight against Genocide (CNLG). She has written a couple of articles and reports in the field of social sciences, social justice promotion and prevention of Genocide.

Description: This research aims to describe and explain the image of Tutsi women in the perpetrators’ imaginary from 1960 until 2017.  Through an analysis of social constructs of the genocide ideology, the project will examine dominant and power relations between ethnic groups, identities and clichés between them in order to prevent eventual social conflicts and promote social justice.


Paper: Social Capital Endowment and Economic Well-being of Vulnerable Households in Post-Conflict Countries: A Case of Rwanda

Co-author: Emery Musonerwa holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Rwanda, College of Business and Economics. He is currently working as relationship Manager for the African Entrepreneur Collective (AEC-Rwanda).

Co-author: Mercyline Kamande holds a PhD in economics from the University of Dar Es Salaam and is a Senior Lecturer at Mount Kenya University in Rwanda.

Description: The study seeks to examine the nexus between social capital and economic well-being of vulnerable households in two reconciliation villages. The study analyses two types of social capital namely bonding and linking social capital. Given the expectation that social capital formation varies with gender, the study also includes a gender dimension in the analysis. It is expected that social capital endowment has a positive effect on economic well-being.




Paper: Searching for Substantive Equality in HMP Communities under Rwanda’s National Unity Policy

Co-author: Richard Ntakirutimana is a Human rights activist and Director of the African Initiative for Mankind and Progress Organization (AIMPO). His research focuses on Indigenous people rights, more specifically land, discrimination and health issues.

Co-author: Bennett Collins is a research fellow with the Center for Global Constitutionalism at the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, Scotland. His research interests focus on the fields of genocide studies, postcolonial studies, peacebuilding, and transitional justice, particularly with regards to minority and indigenous peoples.

Description: This project will explore how the national unity policy affected the socio-economic development of Historically Marginalized People in post-genocide Rwanda, utilizing and developing the theory of substantive equality to answer this question.


Paper: Faire face au poids du viol des femmes pendant le Génocide contre les Tutsi au Rwanda: Apport de l’approche « Groupe thérapeutique »

Co-author: Immaculée Mukankubito is the Director of Operations and Quality Assurance and Great Lakes peacebuilding program Manager at Never Again Rwanda. She is also in charge of Gender analysis for Never Again Rwanda and Interpeace at the national level.

Co-author: Emmanuel Habimana is a professor in psychology at Université Québecoise des Trois Rivières and Director of the study program committee for the first cycle in psychology. His research interests include mental health and the Genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi.

Description: In view of the persistence of issues related to the psychological trauma sustained from the Genocide and particularly the rapes and sexual violence committed against Tutsi women, this research will analyze the contribution of therapeutic groups in the psychological rehabilitation of women victim of rape during the Genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi.


Paper: Peace education in schools: coping with antagonistic forces

Co-author: Jean de Dieu Basabose is Doctor of technology in Public Management and has extensive experience in facilitating trainings and workshops related to peacebuilding,

Co-author: Heli Habyarimana holds a masters degree in Linguistics with a specialization in socio-linguistics from the University of South Africa. Heli is part-time language teacher and Director of Office of the Vice-Chancellor at the University of Kibungo.

Description: The research aims to examine how to handle contradictory information from students’ mates, friends and family, and through online and social media; which may negatively affect peace education efforts as contained in the competence-based curriculum.


Analysis of the 8 selected research projects:

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An analysis of the 14 selected authors based on the information collected from their submitted proposals and curriculum vitae:

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