Ikiraro Project Narrative Report

Who We are 

Mission of Hope Rwanda (MOHR) is a non-governmental organization   established in 2001 by the late Rev Cleveland Irons under Ministerial order N0 123/11 of 9th October 2006 grating legal entity to the Association “Mission of Hope Rwanda” (MOHR) and agreeing its legal representatives.

Since 2001 MOHR has been implementing projects under the gender program, sustainable livelihoods program and governance and human rights program. MOHR is a member of several bodies including Profemme Twese Hamwe, Prevent GBV Africa, Rwanda NGO Forum, Gender sector working groups and community of practice for girls (COP4G).  

 

 

IKIRARO PROJECT

In partnership with Profemme Twese Hamwe, Mission of Hope  implemented the ‘Inclusive engagement for sustainable GBV prevention and response through community participation and accountable governance project also called Ikiraro in Nyamasheke District funded by the PALLADIUM Group. The project was implemented in 4 districts as illustrated below;

The aim of the project was to enable Pro-Femmes/ Twese Hamwe’s member organizations and other local CSOs in the 4 project districts interact more constructively with Local Government institutions to make more effective GBV policy, planning, budgeting and accountability processes which would allow women and girls to be protected from GBV, exercise their rights and improve their social status.

Project Introduction workshop

Mission of Hope Rwanda and Pro-Femmes/Twese Hamwe organized the Ikiraro project introductory workshop on 31st May 2017 at the Golf Eden Rock Hotel in Karongi District. The workshop was attended by among others district judicial police officers, Isange one stop center coordinators, gender focal persons at the district level, JADF permanent secretaries, a representative from the PALLADIUM Group, Pro femme member organizations implementing the project, Vice Mayors in charge of Social Affairs and  CSO partners. The workshop was a platform to share the project action plan, equipped member organizations and other stakeholders with adequate knowledge on the project and to sensitized local leaders, and other stakeholders to facilitate implementation of the project in the their Districts.

By the end of the workshop, there was a clear understanding, ownership and engagement in the project implementation, equipment of necessary knowledge and skills on action plan development for project stakeholders, acquiring knowledge and skills to prevent GBV and relationship building among implementing partners and local leaders was strengthened.

Validation workshop on GBV policy implementation gaps

Participants during the validation workshop

Mission of Hope in partnership with Profemme Twese Hamwe organized a validation workshop on 14th July 2017 at the Gold Eden Rock hotel in Karongi district on a study conducted to ascertain the GBV policy implementation gaps. The study was carried out in the districts of Rutsiro, Karongi, Nyamasheke and Rusizi. The study aimed at documenting and analyzing the current status of implementation of the GBV policy and related laws in four selected districts, identifying the key gaps and challenges in relation to proper implementation of the GBV policy and laws in the selected districts, identify and highlight key advocacy issues for a better implementation of GBV policy and relevant laws in the four districts and elsewhere and formulate recommendations to relevant partners and stakeholders on what to do for a better implementation of GBV policy and related laws. The workshop presented the study findings and validated the draft report on the GBV Policy Implementation Gaps. The workshop was attended by representatives from Profemme Twese Hamwe, Mission of Hope Rwanda, Executive Secretary of western province, Profemme Twese Hamwe members operating in western province, Vice Mayors, Ministry of gender and family promotion, national women Council, national police, Isange One Stop Center, provincial judges, CSO partners among others. Key findings from the study included;

  • 2% of interviewed participants confirmed that they understood the GBV program of the government
  • Participants noted that radios and CSOs played a key role in the awareness of the GBV issues.
  • Churches, religions and the family were not playing an active role in the implementation of the issues GBV programs

By the end of the workshop, there was a clear understanding of the methods and instruments to put the policy into operation, strong relationship and collaboration between Pro-Femmes/Twese Hamwe and members, outstanding visibility of Mission of Hope and strengthened collaboration with local Government leaders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Participants during the validation workshop

 

Monitoring the Implementation of Agreed District Action Plans 

Following the study on the implementation of GBV policy gaps, a number of recommendations were put forward and action plans developed by each district where the project is being implemented. Nyamasheke District authorities agreed to implement the following actions;

It was important therefore to understand the extent to which the action plans had been implemented. The monitoring of the agreed action plans was also aimed at;

  • Identifying the level of commitment of the different stakeholders
  • Identify and document  motivations and factors of constructive engagement in the implementation of the action plans
  • Identify and document constraints related to constructive engagement in the implementation of the action plans
  • Provide technical support (mentoring) to the program team on how to monitor implementation of recommendations resulting from studies.

     

    Through the monitoring exercise, we were able to discuss strategies of implementing the actions, accelerating those actions that were still lagging behind and to reaffirm joint commitment and support. Overall, 90% of the actions were implemented in the agreed timeframe.

     

    Capacity Development Workshop

    Mission of Hope in partnership with Profemme Twese Hamwe organized a capacity development workshop at ISHARA beach motel in Nyamasheke district to GBV stakeholders from 27th – 29th September 2017. The three day workshop brought together representatives from CSOs, religious based organizations and local leaders. The training equipped participants with knowledge on the following;

 State and non State Actors Dialogue on policy Implementation Gaps

The participants recommended that the following actions should be undertakenMission of Hope in partnership with Pro-Femmes/Twese Hamwe organized a state and non-state actors’ dialogue on the key gaps in GBV policy implementation and recommended action plan for Nyamasheke district. The dialogue took place on 5th October 2017 at ISHARA Beach Motel. The dialogue was attended by representatives from the civil society, district authorities, private sector and religious based organizations. The dialogue clarified on the role that each actor should play in prevention of GBV. The dialogue was also a platform where partners shared the challenges they face in GBV prevention, response and coordination. Participants agreed to work closely in the fight against GBV and they were urged to share timely information about perpetrators or victims so that action can be taken.

Participants who attended the dialogue

District Advocacy Meeting

Mission of Hope in partnership with Pro-Femmes/Twese Hamwe organized an advocacy meeting on GBV issues in Nyamasheke district. The advocacy meeting will took place on 15th November 2017 from 8:30am – 1:00pm.  The advocacy meeting was attended by representatives from civil society organizations, district, religious based organizations and the private sector. Mission of Hope Rwanda welcomed the participants to the meeting and thanked them for their efforts in preventing GBV. The meeting discussed on how to effectively use Umuganda and Umugoroba W’ababyeyi  in GBV prevention. The participants recommended the following;

Launching GBV Club in Kibogora Polytechnic

Mission of Hope in partnership with Kibogora Polytechnic launched a gender club in the institution on 20th October 2017 to promote gender and GBV activities in the student’s community. The launch was attended by representatives from the police, the army, the Dean of Students, religious based organizations, CSOs and students from the institution. The launch brought together 300 participants. The gender club contributed to the following:

Project learning Event

In partnership with Profemme Twese Hamwe, we organized a learning event on 16th January 2018 in Karongi District. The event was attended by district authorities, CSO partners, private sector as well as religious leaders. The learning event was an opportunity to share lessons learnt best practices, achievements and key issues identified during the implementation of the Ikiraro pilot phase. During the event, participants recommended the following;

Kibogora gender club members during the launch event

Challenges

Limited funds to reach as many beneficiaries as possible.

Sometimes it was difficult to have some district leaders at some events due to their tight schedules.

Lessons Learnt

Proper coordination and collaboration with local leaders is essential for the mobilization of beneficiaries to take part in the project activities. This collaboration helps to promote sustainability of the project.

Through strong partnership with Profemme Twese Hamwe and the Palladium Group, we were able to get capacity building on GBV and gender issues which empowered our team to implement the project successfully and enabled us to improve our programming. Therefore partnership building is very vital towards the success of our interventions.

Recommendations

There is need to scale up the project to other districts.

There is need to develop a simple user friendly GBV manual to be used in raising awareness about GBV in the communities.

There is need to create GBV clubs in all Nyamasheke sectors and to support their activities. There is also need to support the activities of Kibogora Polytechnic club that was created in 2017.

In the second phase of the project, there is need for the project to engage more cell and village leaders.

The second phase of the project should support initiatives that increase the role of men in anti-GBV initiatives.

Conclusion

Mission of Hope is grateful for the strong collaboration with Profemme Twese Hamwe and the Palladium Group. You provided us with financial and technical advice that enabled us to implement the project activities. We are also equally grateful to the local authorities at the District and Sector level for the strong partnership and support. The local authorities were able to mobilize their communities to take part in the project activities. This help to promote ownership and sustainability of the project. We thank our project beneficiaries for their commitment and participation in the project. Lastly, we thank our partners in the civil society, private sector and religious based organizations for joining us in our efforts to end GBV in Nyamasheke district. We look forward to continued partnership with you in the months ahead.