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).
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.