After the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis, Rwanda’s social fabric was shattered, people were broken, the institutions were completely destroyed. Against all odds, Rwanda embarked on a journey of reconstruction, development and, more recently, socio-economic transformation. To take on this daunting task both the leadership of Rwanda and its citizens came together and tapped into their most valuable and resilient asset, their shared national culture, to deal with the challenges they were facing using homegrown solutions.
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Rwanda’s Homegrown Solutions at a Glance
Community justice system that tried 1,958,633 Genocide cases (2002 – 2012)
Voluntary community work with a 91% average national participation in 2015-16
More than 280,000 vulnerable families recieved a cow, sharply reducing child malnutrition rate in the country.
Community collaboration fighting poverty – recipient of 2008 United Nations Public Service Award for excellence in service delivery
Mediation committees – handled 11,734 cases and only 1900 were filed in ordinary courts in 2015-16.
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Through unfiltred citizens’ interventions on different media platforms during UMUSHYIKIRANO, pressing citizens’ demands are being addressed every year.
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