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Clinton Global Initiative to Fund Dialogue in Rwanda

The Clinton Global Initiative has just announced major project funding for a project using dialogue to build lasting peace in Rwanda. The International Peacebuilding Alliance (Interpeace) and Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace (IRDP) aim to use research-based dialogue to reinforce the foundations for sustainable peace, and consolidate a culture of debate and citizen participation in Rwanda. Interpeace’s local partner in Rwanda, the Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace (IRDP) will consolidate its peacebuilding work in Rwanda by establishing uruvugiro — permanent forums for debate at the local, provincial and national levels. These forums will engage more Rwandans in dialogue to develop consensus-based solutions that address the most pressing problems of rebuilding post-genocide Rwanda.

Following public demand, the IRDP established five dialogue clubs in five provinces as a platform for sharing opinions and debate. The permanent forums will be modeled on these already operational dialogue clubs. The forums will address three specific themes of great importance to the reconciliation and peacebuilding process: 1. Strengthening democracy and the rule of law; 2. Fighting against genocidal ideologies; and 3. The mechanisms for fighting against poverty. The outcomes of the meetings will be shared with the Rwandan public at large through radio, television broadcasts and articles. The forums will also be linked to a National Group of key Rwandan stakeholders, including government officials. The IRDP will form three forums at the national level and one forum in each of the country’s 12 provinces. It will also form local forums in five districts. The discussions at the local level will feed into the forums at the provincial and national level.

The International Peacebuilding Alliance, (Interpeace) is seeking partners to fund a select component of the work of its partner in Rwanda, the Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace (IRDP). The IRDP is an independent non-governmental organization engaged in a nationwide peacebuilding program to help Rwandans confront their past and develop consensus-based solutions that address the most pressing problems of rebuilding post-genocide Rwanda. To date, Interpeace has raised over $1 million per year for the IRDP’s work. It is currently seeking commitments for $580,000 spread over 3 years.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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