IRI Speakers Series: Assessing Governance in Rwanda





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Published on Aug 10, 2012

Rwanda has made enormous progress rebuilding after years of devastating violence that culminated in the 1994 genocide, however many challenges remain for this small, landlocked and densely populated nation. On the democracy front, Rwanda has held multiple national and local elections since 1994, but many believe that there is more that can be done by the Government of Rwanda to promote a truly pluralist democracy.

The Atlantic Council and the International Republican Institute's Democratic Governance Speakers Series invite you to a discussion on governance in Rwanda with Professor Anastase Shyaka, Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Governance Board; and Dr. J. Peter Pham, the Director of the Michael S. Ansari Africa Center at the Atlantic Council. Professor Shyaka and Dr. Pham will discuss Rwanda's governance model and the successes and challenges facing Rwanda in terms of democratic governance.

The Rwanda Governance Board was offcially created in 2011 to promote the principles of good governance and decentralization, monitor the practices of good governance in public and private institutions and conduct research related to governance for achieving good service delivery, sustainable development and prosperity. Rwanda has implemented a number of programs aimed at community involvement in governing. Citizen input is the foundation of how local governments in Rwanda approach setting priorities and implementing development plans, and community service is used to bring citizens closer together as they work to rebuild and improve their communities.


Professor Anastase Shyaka is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Governance Board. Previously, Professor Shyaka was Director of the Center for Conflict Management at the National University of Rwanda. Professor Shyaka is a leading expert on governance and political development in Rwanda and the great lakes region, having worked on many studies and publications focused on peace and conflict analysis, democracy, governance, and international relations. His academic accomplishments also include being named a Fulbright Scholar in Residence at George Mason University and Nothern Virginia Community College. Professor Shyaka holds a Ph.D. in Political Science.

J. Peter Pham is Director of the Michael S. Ansari Africa Center at the Atlantic Council. Dr. Pham was previously a tenured Associate Professor of Justice Studies, Political Science, and African Studies at James Madison University, where he also served as Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs. A staunch advocate of robust American engagement with Africa, Dr. Pham has served on many of IRI's election monitoring delegations to Africa, including Liberia (2005), Nigeria (2007, 2011) and Somaliland (2010). He is also a frequent guest lecturer on African affairs at the Foreign Service Institute, the U.S. Army War College, the Joint Special Operations University, the Defense Institute for Security Assistance Management and other U.S. government professional educational institutions.

IRI's Democratic Governance Speakers Series is a public forum designed to bring together policymakers, practitioners and stakeholders to discuss and share experiences in addressing contemporary challenges to governance.

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