n Conflict Trends - A creative approach to measuring reconciliation in Rwanda

Volume 2013, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Rwanda is in a state of transition. A modern-day miracle, Rwanda's rebirth from the ruins of a hellish past has few precedents in Africa or elsewhere. After decades of division, oppression and slaughter, an ambitious agenda has been initiated to achieve social cohesion and good governance. But 18 years after the genocide, is the country any closer to being reconciled to its past? Are Rwandans reconciled within themselves? Are they on board with the lofty goal of building state institutions that govern through an 'ethnic-free' lens? These were the questions posed by the Rwandan government in 2010 when they initiated a state-wide survey based on one developed by South Africa's Institute for Justice and Reconciliation - namely, the Reconciliation Barometer.

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