Civil society organizations and human rights promotion in never again Rwanda

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and social sciences.
This thesis embarked on an investigation on civil society organizations and human rights promotion in Rwanda with emphasis on Never Again Rwanda. Civil Society Organizations have been crucial in the protection and promotion of Human Rights in Rwanda with their roles ranging from advocacy, legal facilitation and lobbying of government institutions to help overcome torture and all other human rights violations in the country. The situation in Rwanda is not different from any other African country; there are evidences of human rights violations that have been experienced over the years such as limiting of people’s rights, unlawful arrests, and deprivation of services to some communities or people. This report was guided by three objectives and hence investigated the role, challenges and measures of civil society in their efforts to promote and protect human rights in the country. The research was guided by a descriptive survey design, both qualitative and quantitative approaches were utilized with a total of 142 respondent. Both secondary and primary sources of data were utilized as well with random sampling methods. The study found that there are several challenges hindering the role of civil society organizations such as logistical challenges (4.22), inadequate funds (4.11) among other challenges. The findings also revealed that the organization has done a lot in promoting human rights through improved efficiency in aid management and distribution (4.0), increased the understanding of the community on human rights protection (3.65) and also helped promote political growth (3.23). Further still it was found that there is still need for more efforts hence overcoming the challenges affecting the role of NGO5 such as the need for more funding (3.16) and also harmonization of activities by all civil societies (3.38). Conclusions were made in this regard such as the urgent need for funding. The study highlighted need for understanding between donors and NGOs to come up with action on the issue of quality and targeted numbers to increase child- wellbeing and address donor drive agendas. It also has an important monitoring role and can provide independent information, and assessment of local government performance. Civil society organizations may also work directly with local government to strengthen its human rights expertise and awareness. Measures should be taken, both nationally and internationally, to strengthen civil society capacity to monitor and engage with local government. The researcher also intends to carry out a further research on the role of civil society in political development of Rwanda.
A research dissertation submitted to the college of humanities and social sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Award of A degree of Master of Human Rights and Development of Kampala International University
Civil society organizations, Human rights promotion