Citizen Participation and Empowerment

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One UN contributes to the processes of deepening democracy and good governance, widening political space, and improving citizens’ participation and accountability. Support is provided to the development and strengthening of institutional frameworks and CSOs that promote inclusive, equitable and community-driven participation in development processes. Emphasis is placed on strengthening the capacity of key institutions such as the Ministry of Local Government and the Rwanda Governance Board, to support the various democratic governance reforms including legislative, civil society and media sector reforms. Building on the Imihigo32 performance contracts and accountability, One UN supports interventions to maximize participation and inclusiveness in decision-making at all levels. Support focuses on increasing citizens’ contributions to inputs and ownership in legislative and policy dialogue, planning and budgeting.

One UN works to strengthen the capacity of the National Electoral Commission to perform its constitutional mandate for: conducting and managing elections; creating space for political parties to engage in constructive political dialogue and participating in the political and electoral processes; and assisting civil society and the media institutions to enhance their role in consolidating accountability processes. In the latter regard, institutional and legislative frameworks are enhanced to strengthen the watch-dog role of the media and civil society.

One UN continues to build institutional capacity in the areas of research, generation and utilization of disaggregated data for participatory and evidence-based policy formulation, and planning at all levels. One UN supports the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) to conduct key population surveys such as analysis and dissemination of Census data.

Success stories

03 May

Rwanda media barometer launched on World Press Freedom Day

On Friday March 2, Rwanda marked the World Press Freedom day under the local theme “Free and professional Media, a Driver for Good Governance and Development”, to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom and evaluating the progress made towards press freedom as well as to defend the media from unwarranted attacks on their independence.

30 Nov

A quest for justice : the journey of a widow to claim her right to compensation

Kigali- Rwanda, December 2013, Before she sought help from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Bertilde Mukangarambe never thought that her 20 years’ battle aga

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