50% women among the graduates from the YPLA in 2012
UNDP has supported the capacity development of political parties in Rwanda, particularly that of aspiring future leaders by supporting the National Forum for Political Parties, a platform for dialogue and exchange of ideas among political organisations. A number of capacity building initiatives were carried out in all provinces through the Youth Political Leadership Academy training the youth on theories of political Ideology, party functioning and development, public policy to practices on political communication and social networking for party expansion.
According to the latest Project Report, The process to foster future leaders culminated into a total of 227 graduates among them 50% women graduating in 2012 from the leadership academy compared to 107 graduates in 2011 including 45% of women. The national forum also organized trainings in communication skills (including IT) with web site management for political party leaders. A total of 32 participants from the 10 Political Organisations, including some members of the NFPO Communication and Political Dialogue Committee were trained.
On 14th July, 2012, the National Consultative Forum of Political Organizations (NFPO) held a graduation ceremony for participants from Kigali and the Western Province. These participants were part of a group of young leaders to benefit from the 5th training session held at the Youth Political Leadership Academy (YPLA). This academy provides a training program designed for youth aspirants under 35 years. Each political party appoints four representatives (2 men and 2 women) from the 10 registered political organizations in Rwanda to attend the program.
The participants are selected by each political party on the basis of the academic requirements set up by NFPO such as possessing the academic level to enable them follow the courses and participate effectively during the debates and discussions. The trainers on the other hand are recruited with emphasis on experience in political sciences and research.
The participants to the 5th session covered theories and practices to party development, the art of political speech and the use of social media and networking in politics. 160 participants graduated this July having fulfilled all the requirements based on the YPLA regulations. The Guest speaker, Dr. Mukabaramba Alivera said the Youth Political Leadership Academy was a beneficial program aimed at building the leadership capacity of political parties especially the youth and as such it would continue running every year. She then called upon the youth to uphold the truth.
Before the conclusion of the ceremony, the Executive Secretary of NFPO Mr. Kayigema Anicet, made a presentation on the functions of the organisation and congratulated the graduates upon accomplishing the milestone. He asked them to utilise the knowledge acquired to benefit their respective political parties. The National Consultative Forum of Political Organizations is officially recognized in Rwanda as a platform for dialogue and exchange of ideas among political organizations on the country’s problems and national policies. It is also a permanent framework for capacity building for member political organizations in the field of political organization and activities, and is also used as a framework for conflict mediation and for the promotion of the code of conduct which should characterize the political leadership in Rwanda.