Kigali - The top five Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) that emerged from a thorough review process have put pen to paper on a new grant agreement, entitling each organization to $30,000, equivalent to slightly over 22 million Rwandan Francs. The support is provided as part of the Joint Program between One UN and RGB to support civil society.
The identified top performers are “Association Rwandaise Pour La Defense Des Droits De L'homme” (A.R.D.H.O), the Association for the Defense of Human Rights, Sustainable Development and Family Well-Being (ADBEF), Pax Press, the Alternatives to Violence Project-Rwanda (AVP) and Nzambazamariya Veneranda Organization.
Speaking at the official signing ceremony held at Rwanda Governance Board, United Nations Resident Coordinator Lamin M. Manneh lavished compliments on the winning CSOs, noting that their work is crucial since it reaches the most vulnerable people in society.
“Following a detailed assessment of all the projects, we have concluded that your projects were among the very best in terms of relevance, results achieved but also the potential to scale up.”
“You all reach out to the most vulnerable persons in Rwanda and this is where your assistance is most needed,” Mr. Manneh noted.
The RC encouraged them to continuing having a meaningful impact on the Rwandan citizens and Rwandan society at large.
“With every support, comes of course as well responsibility. We do count on you to become true champions of Rwandan civil society, , but also to inspire your fellow colleagues of civil society.”
According to RGB CEO Prof. Anastase Shyaka, the grantees that signed contracts are the top-five performers of the first cycle of 26 grantees, which ended last year (2015).
Prof. Shyaka also had nothing but praise for the jubilant representatives of the CSOs, noting that they did “a great job”.
Some of the selection criteria used to identify the winners included relevance of grantees’ projects, their impact on the ground and compliance with financial reporting, among other metrics used.
The 5-year joint program started in 2014 and is implemented by the Rwanda Governance Board in partnership with One UN Rwanda.