Rwanda has made remarkable progress in developing its governance structures, maintaining security, promoting reconciliation and strengthening the justice system. Despite this progress, significant challenges in democracy and governance remain. USAID’s democracy and governance program in Rwanda builds on past progress to deepen ongoing reconciliation efforts across the country, strengthen civil society, improve issues around land rights, create meaningful opportunities for civic engagement, and professionalize the media sector.
To achieve this, USAID engages with government officials, civil society organizations (CSOs) and individuals to improve government policy-making, planning and budgeting and strengthen the capacity of CSOs to advocate on behalf of their constituents. These activities focus on training community radio journalists, empowering women to understand their rights, and enable civil society to better impact government decisions and improve the lives of Rwandans. USAID also works with youth to increase their sensitivities and awareness of issues facing vulnerable groups to become human rights champions within their communities.
Last updated: June 13, 2014