Support to the establishment of the Rwanda Peace Academy (RPA)

What is the project about


Closing SSR course from 6th-17th February 2012

The Rwanda Peace Academy, an initiative of the Government of Rwanda, supported by the Government of Japan through the United Nations Development Programme, aims to respond to the strong need for sustainable peacebuilding in Africa based on the complexity of conflicts in Africa where standard international approaches, such as short-term stabilization missions by external parties, may succeed in stemming violence temporarily, but fail to consolidate into a durable and lasting peace.
Analysis of many UN-mandated missions has shown that main problem lies in the failure to properly address early recovery and post-conflict peace building tasks. Equally important, the lack of local ownership in peace building often ignores the local context which necessarily contains both the causes of, as well as the long-term solutions to the conflict.
Rwanda is one of the few countries in Africa that has demonstrated this realisation through the use of local institutions such as the gacaca, ingando and abunzi, among others, to address post-conflict transitional justice, reconciliation and grassroots mediation of local disputes. These innovations together with reforms of key governance institutions have led to one of few post-conflict development success stories to date.
The Rwanda Peace Academy is in an exceptional position to document and share these experiences with other countries facing similar post-conflict development challenges. While there are peacekeeping institutions of repute in Africa, the courses offered generally tend to be military-oriented and do not address the multi-dimensional nature of peacebuilding or the diversity of its actors. The Rwanda Peace Academy aims to fill this niche by offering training and research programs relevant to the conflict management challenges in Africa, that draw on Rwanda’s innovative peace building policies and practices at home as well as significant contributions to international peace support operations abroad, combined with international best practice.

The Rwanda Peace Academy was created to be an international training and research centre focusing on conflict management that will serve the region and share lessons learnt from Rwanda’s experiences in peacebuilding and peacekeeping. The academy has the ambition to lead the region on post conflict and peace building issues. The Rwanda Peace Academy’s niche is to offer training and research programs relevant to the conflict management challenges in Africa, that draw on Rwanda’s innovative peace building policies and practices at home as well as significant contributions to international peace support operations abroad, combined with international best practice.

What have we achieved so far

2011 achievements
The project is divided into a number of components which shall be used as a basis for a possible extension. It is important to note that the form and substance of the support shall remain the same to the maximum extent possible: management arrangements, implementing partners and funding modality

Construction component :

As stipulated in the project document, the rehabilitation component of the project is an essential condition for the academy to operate under optimal conditions and be able to organize national and international trainings and events successfully. This component has been launched in October 2011 and is expected to be finalized by mid 2012. A close monitoring of the works is being undertaken by the Ministry of Defense and regular updates will be provided by the project management unit.

Capacity building component

The project has registered a number of achievements which form the foundation of the academy: strategic plan, vision, mission, objectives; organizational structure.
Further to this efforts have been made to train and retain the staff of the academy, which is now fully operational.
Strategic partnerships have been built with international and national institutions among others: UNITAR, Kings College, University for Peace (UPEACE), AFRICOM Environment Security (ENSEC) Program, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF) International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT), United Nations Police.

Public relations

This component has been able to fulfill the most urgent and important requirements for the production of promotion materials (i.e. logo, functional website). During the international workshop and seminars organized by the Rwanda Peace Academy, promotional materials have been displayed in the form of billboards, TV and radio airtime availed. All these have featured the Government of Japan emblem as well as the UN logo.

Who finance it



Donor Contributed amount
Japan USD 3,000,000
UNDP USD    412,251


Total expenditures

Year Amount
2010
USD    346,181.79
2011 USD 1,201,864.65


Project overview
Status
Closed
Project start date
2009
Estimated end date
2012
Management arrangement
NEX
Focus area
Democratic governance
Responsible partners
Ministry of Economic planning and Finance
Partners on ground
Ministry of defense(MoD), Governement of Japan, Rwanda Peace Academy
Geographic focus
National regional
UNDAF Key result
Good Governance Enhanced and Sustained
 
UNDAF outputs(CPD)
(i) Upgraded infrastructure of the RPA meets standard for international capacity building programmes
(ii) RPA avails of professional, integrated personnel with adequate capacity
(iii) Participants to RPA programmes have enhanced capacity in post-conflict recovery and peace building
(iv) The RPA is regionally and internationally recognized a centre of excellence for postconflict recovery and peace building
Contacts
Nadine Rugwe
Program analyst
nadine.rugwe@undp.org
Moses Kananga
National Project Coordinator/Rwanda Peace Academy
kanangaus@yahoo.com