A community of researchers, educators, policy makers and practitioners from different corners of Rwanda gathered at Kigali Genocide Memorial for an official launch of the Genocide Research Hub, an online platform that aims to contribute to building a knowledge society around genocide prevention and peacebuilding policy and practice in Rwanda.
Through a presentation of the Hub by Ms. Iradukunda Gisele, Knowledge Exchange Officer at Aegis Trust, she demonstrated that the platform features a collection of quality research that is relevant to policy and practice, a directory of experts in genocide prevention and peace building, and a section on relevant news. On the Hub we also find Working Papers and Policy Briefs by Rwandan researchers funded by the Aegis Trust; they cover various topics examining Rwanda’s past, present and future from various disciplinary perspectives that concern peacebuilding.
“The platform is intended to facilitate national, regional and global exchange of knowledge for researchers, policymakers, and practitioners, and is primarily focused on the Rwandan situation, placed in regional and global context”, said Gisele.
Speaking at the event as the guest of honour and government representative, the Executive Secretary of the National Unity and Reconciliation commission, Mr. Fidel Ndayisaba said that the Government of Rwanda has embraced a long-term vision to be an evidence based economy which requires that all policies are informed by the best evidence available; the availability and use of accurate data.
“We are committed to building an evidence based society and I warmly welcome this platform for research and data on genocide prevention and peace building. Our unity as a country has gone through times of tribulations; and it is our duty to make sure that what we lived shall be no more, our policy is to devise every mechanism that brings Rwandans together as a people” Ndayisaba said.
He also called upon fellow policy makers to take full advantage of the Hub, be part of discussions around research papers and policy briefs produced and where possible feed the findings into government policies.
The Deputy Head of DfID to Rwanda, Mr. Kenny Osborne who are the funders of the work done around the development of this platform reminded researchers to do quality research in a way that it is able to inform but more importantly influence decision makers in developing peacebuilding strategies and policies. He ended his remarks by thanking Aegis Trust for initiating and running a Research, Policy and Higher Education programme which is making a huge contribution in informing policy and practice on peacebuilding and genocide prevention in Rwanda.
About Research, Policy and Higher Education Programme
The Research, Policy and Higher Education (RPHE) is a programme run by Aegis Trust that contributes to research for policy by providing grants to Rwandan researchers, facilitating tailored individual advisory services, building capacity through workshops and summer courses, engaging policy makers in research for policy dialogues, holding conferences and seminars involving Rwandan peacebuilding stakeholders and facilitating knowledge exchange and dialogue between researchers, policymakers and practitioners in the field of peacebuilding.