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02 October 2017

Rwanda: Context and comparison through genocide research

The Aegis Trust recently launched a new online Genocide Research Hub and is proud to announce its first tranche of Rwandan-authored working papers and policy briefs.


The Aegis Trust recently launched a new online Genocide Research Hub.

Dr Nicola Palmer participated in the organisation’s launch in Kigali, Rwanda. Since 2015, Dr Palmer has acted as an academic advisor to the Aegis Trust programme in Research, Policy and Higher Education (RPHE). Directed by Dr Felix Ndahinda and funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the programme runs a peer-to-peer mentoring initiative to train and advise Rwandan researchers.

Over the last two years, nearly 40 Rwandan academics, journalists, politicians and practitioners have participated in the scheme, after being selected through a competitive call for proposals. With the launch of the Genocide Research Hub, the RPHE is pleased to announce its first tranche of Rwandan-authored working papers and policy briefs on a wide range of pressing social issues.

Increasing visibility of Rwandan researchers

A key objective of the RPHE programme is to increase the visibility of the Rwandan research community by producing high quality papers designed for submission to international academic journals. In the process, the programme seeks to address the current dearth of Rwandan voices in international scholarly and policy debates about law, politics and society in Rwanda and beyond. 

A further 20 papers will be published in the coming months and an international conference showcasing the work of these Rwandan researchers will be held at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London and SOAS in May 2018 (more details to follow). 

WatchInterview with Dr Palmer about the initiative

Photos from the Kigali launch on Flickr