On January 24th, 2018, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the peacebuilding organisation International Alert celebrated the launch of Duhuze (Connect), a new Rwf1.2 billion project aimed at enhancing Rwanda’s reconciliation processes.
The launch event was held at the Kigali Marriott hotel; attendees included the U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda, Erica Barks-Ruggles, the Executive Secretary of the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission, Fidele Ndayisaba, among others.
The project will largely focus on young people who are victims of transgenerational trauma caused by the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
The project aims to enhance citizens’ participation in and ownership of reconciliation processes, thereby consolidating the Government of Rwanda’s and other stakeholders’ initiatives to build a peaceful and inclusive Rwandan society.
The project will be implemented in partnership with two local NGOs, the Youth Association for Human Rights Promotion and Development (AJPRODHO-Jijukirwa) and the Rwandese Association of Trauma Counsellors (ARCT Ruhuka). It will be active in the seven districts of Nyamagabe, Ngororero, Huye, Gisagara, Rubavu, Musanze and Gasabo.
The Duhuze project will support a process of people-centered reconciliation by celebrating Rwanda’s diversity as a source of its resilience.
In particular, the project will aim to provide psychosocial support and counselling and improve trust among diverse groups through inclusive dialogues and joint economic initiatives.
The project will also enhance the capacities of the Government of Rwanda, Civil Society Organizations and the private sector to effectively implement Rwanda’s reconciliation policy and build peace.
The project will last until July 2020 and intends to improve the lives of Rwandans across 1,260 communities and villages.