Safer Rwanda is an independent non-state actor and non-for-profit organization formed under the parliamentary law № 20/2000 of 26/07/2000 of the Republic of Rwanda, establishing the functioning of non-profit making organizations. It was established to act as a forum for research, dialogue, analysis, and to facilitate in the implementation of policies that comprehensively address the issues of peace, security and development in 2000 and become fully operational in 2002 by 11 members, who later increased to 21 by 2008.
Safer Rwanda’s Vision is contributing to Safety, Peace and development in Rwanda.
Safer Rwanda Serves long-term human rights protection, security and development needs, gender equality promotion, environmental protection and uphold a culture of peace and safety in Rwanda.
- Combat illicit small arms and light weapons proliferation
- Prevent and manage conflicts
- Promote gender equality and empowerment by fighting gender based violence and promoting income generation among women
- Participate effectively in policy dialogue, formulation, implementation and monitoring
- Protect the environment through providing alternative energy source and a forestation
Safer Rwanda has a general assembly composed of all the 21members which is the overall body of the organization and a board of directors composed of 5 members. Its executive secretariat has six employees; four at managerial level and two support staff. We have got field volunteer staff, based at our operational areas. Presently our field staff counts to 15, three in each district of Gicumbi, Bugesera, Musanze, Rubavu and Kayonza. Reach/Coverage We are presently in Kigali City, North, west and eastern provinces. We intend to expand to other areas following access to resources. We have been in these provinces because of the history of conflict in the area, which was mostly affected by the liberation war and insurgency. Our regional operational offices are in the districts of Gicumbi and Musanze in the Northern Province, Rubavu in the Western province and Bugesera and Kayonza in the Eastern province.
We are members of several civil society networks; nationally, we are members of the Umbrella Organization of Local NGOs in development (CCOAIB), of Rwanda Action network on small arms(RWANSA), Rwanda Network on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (RNESCR) and the Rwanda Civil Society Platform (RCSP); Regionally, we are member to Easter Africa Action Network on Small Arms (EAANSA), East Africa Civil Society Organizations’ Forum
- Awareness workshops (public education);
- Training workshops (capacity building);
- Sports and drama (peace and security / unity and reconciliation);
- Research initiatives;
- Developmental activities (economical empowerment);
- Networking and information sharing with other partners
The organization links and networks with other many organizations at international, regional and national levels such as International Action Network on Small Arms and Light Weapons (IANSA), East Africa Action Network on Small Arms (EANSA), Rwanda Action Network on Small Arms (RWANSA), East Africa Civil Society Organization Forum (EACSOF), Common Market of East and Southern Africa States (COMESA) on peace and security, East Africa Coalition for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (EACESCR) and is the active member of CCOAIB an umbrella of CSOs in Rwanda. It has partnership with Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) UNDP (small grant project) and IREX (CSSP