blog posts from GYC's participants, alumni, & staff
Search For Common Ground (SFCG) in Rwanda uses innovative conflict resolution strategies to resolve disputes in Rwandan context. An international NGO, SFCG has used media in a radio show called “Generation des Grands Lacs”, where the youth in Great Lakes Region (GLR) voice their problems and try to suggest some solutions to their problem. Another show is called “NI NYAMPINGA” here SFCG put a heart on girls as the axis in conflict resolution in Rwanda by encouraging young women to be public speakers.
SFCG has been involved in transforming the conflicts based on land registration process in Rwanda by making available the information about the land laws in Rwanda. In case the conflict escalates, SFCG has trained ABUNZI, people within the community helping to resolve disputes. Because the land is not sufficient in Rwanda so that the entire population can enjoy the access to land, SFCG has been focused on employment and entrepreneurship as a way to avoid conflicts. This strategy, within SFCG, focuses on making public the success stories of the youths who have create themselves jobs and those success stories will inspire the youths in creating their jobs. SFCG believe in participatory theater as the way of creating solutions to conflicts and alternative responses to disagreements.
As SFCG is working in the Great Lakes Region (GLR) Rwanda, Burundi and DRC, the cross border-trade strategy is detected as a way to overcome disputes in the GLR. This will increase the relationships among the neighboring countries and interaction, thus the creation of microfinance projects. This will serve as a common ground for the communities living on the borders of our counties.