The scope of this program is regional in nature and seeks to utilise the experiences and example of the Mustard Seed Institute in Rwanda and the success of the Rwandan national experience of reconciliation to assist neighbouring countries, who are struggling with conflict and insecurity. The program seeks to bring together people from Rwanda, Burundi and Eastern DR Congo in dialogues, seminars and workshops at the Mustard Seed House to discuss and debate issues of vital importance to sustainable security, stability, co-operation, reconciliation, peace and development within and between the communities of the Great Lakes region. The participants will be diverse and include; youth representatives, women’s groups, civil society advocates, students, religious organizations, universities, politicians, entrepreneurs, and media personnel. This is a forum for local people to develop through collaboration, strategies, and policies for improved relations and the lessening of tensions between and within communities of the region. It is an opportunity for people to voice concerns, raise pressing issues and exchange ideas, visions and experiences of the region. The issues to discuss at different dialogues will include: issues of governance and human rights, peace and security, poverty alleviation and employment, trust-building, reconciliation and co-operation, and the role of the media.
Goals & Objectives
The Great Lakes region has a history of violent conflict and Genocide. The deadliest wars in recent times have taken place in the Great Lakes region. History has illustrated that the conflicts are regional in nature, violence and instability, spreads across borders and engulfs the whole region. There have been, and continue to be, large refugee flows from one country to another and large internally displaced peoples camps. There is a desperate need to halt the cycle of violence and insecurity in the region, including the continual propagation of Genocide ideology. There is a real
necessity for programs, which promote trust-building, reconciliation and social-economic empowerment to ensure sustainable peace and development for all communities in the region.