Establishment of the Rwanda National Civil Society

The Rwanda Civil Society Platform (RCSP) in collaboration with the (ICGLR RCSF) organised a meeting to set up the Rwandan RCSF chapter on the 28th of May 2015. Participants of this meeting included Civil society umbrellas and organisations, Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) and the Media in Rwanda; Representatives from the Regional Civil Society Forum and Development partners.

The meeting formed and elected members of the RCSF as well as the representatives to the RCF. This process was supported by NPI-Africa on behalf of the Great Lakes Project.

The objectives of this meeting were the following: 

  • The establishment of the ICGLR Rwanda national forum;
  • Elections of the national committee and representatives of the National Forum to the Regional Civil Society Forum;
  • Identification of and brainstorming on the current and emerging peace and security challenges and the role of the Civil Society in Rwanda; and
  • Development of the way forward for the Rwanda National Civil Society Forum and propose actions to the Regional Civil Society Forum.

Background

This meeting was part and a culmination of a series of activities aimed at implementing the findings, recommendations and protocols from observation of the Dar-es-Salaam Declaration on Peace, Security, Democracy and Development in the Great Lakes Region, signed by the Heads of State and Government of Member States of ICGLR on 20th November 2004. The meetings were guided by the Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region signed by the Heads of State and Government of Member States of the ICGLR on 15th December 2006 in Nairobi, Kenya, which entered into force on 21 June 2008. As a result of this, the ICGLR Regional Civil Society Forum was established through an Accord entered to on 7th July 2011. The provisions of the Accord guide the operations of the Regional Civil Society Forum (RCSF) which is commonly known as the "Forum".