Project information

Promotion of Human Rights of Batwa Pygmies

To increase representation and participation of Batwa communities in Rwanda in local and national decision making processes directly affecting their human rights.

December 2008 - December 2010

Charity information: Minority Rights Group International (MRG)

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  • Need

    Need

    Twa communities are among the poorest and most marginalized group in Rwanda. The Rwandan government is unwilling to recognise the existence of minority and indigenous populations, especially after the recent genocide. Due to their historical marginalisation, there is a lack of capable Batwa leaders able to advocate for implementation of their community’s human rights. Batwa NGOs and leaders lack the capacities and skills necessary to advocate for implementation of their human rights.

    Solution

    The aim of this initiative is therefore to create a long-term pool of Batwa leaders and build the organizational capacities of Batwa NGO(s) so they are better able to advocate for the implementation of their human rights.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increased capacities, skills & knowledge of Batwa CSOs

    Activities

    » Baseline study: Evidence collection and publication focusing on marginalisation of Batwa communities in Rwanda.
    » Capacity building training event on how to manage/sustain effective community based organization; fundraising, reporting, accountability, transparency
    » Organisational capacity building grants for partner NGOs and CBOs.

    Success will be when there are increased capacities, skills & knowledge of Batwa CSOs allowing them to better represent their communities in decision making processes.


    Aim 2

    Reasonable pool of Batwa leaders equipped with necessary skills to advocate for their human rights.

    Activities

    » Baseline study: Evidence collection and publication focusing on marginalisation of Batwa communities in Rwanda.
    » One specially designed training session on leadership skills, civic responsibilities and duties and gender equality.

    Success will be when there is a reasonable pool of Batwa leaders equipped with the skills necessary to advocate for their human rights.


    Aim 3

    Increased dialogue and advocacy with relevant policy makers & Batwa leaders.

    Activities

    » Baseline study: Evidence collection and publication focusing on marginalisation of Batwa communities in Rwanda.
    » National Launch of publication
    » Two roundtable meetings between Batwa leaders and relevant policy makers
    » In-country advocacy campaign

    Success will be when there is an increased dialogue & advocacy w/ relevant policy makers & Batwa leaders leading to a greater understanding of Batwa human rights.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Enhanced capacities of Batwa NGOs & leaders to effectively lobby Rwandan policy makers. Batwa representatives, leaders, of NGOs/CBOs will be invited by relevant authorities to represent their communities in meetings at local and national levels. Strong Batwa leadership will increase the ability of Batwa CBOs to create dialogue and obtain funding from international donors. And an increase in the effectiveness of advocacy activities carried out at local/national levels.

    Risk

    Risks include fieldwork and community based activities jeopardised by civil/political unrest, outbreak of disease, or major environment disaster. However, MRG has a contingency plan that would be put into place and would encompass this project.

    Reporting

    Reporting to donors will take place on an annual basis, in conjunction with our main donor’s reporting guidelines.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £54,706

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,280 Research & Publication Research, documentation, publication, translation
      £9,126 Activities & Advocacy Community-based activites, training, campaign, advocacy
      £22,638 Human Resources Human Resource expenses
      £10,662 Travel Travel expenses

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    European Commission £158,120 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Rwanda

    Beneficiaries

    The immediate target group will be COPRWA and other identified organisations and Batwa leaders/activists participating in the organisational and leadership capacity building trainings who will be better able to advocate for the implementation of their human rights. The Twa community as a whole will benefit from the capacity building element as their representative NGOs and leaders will be better equipped to call for inclusiveness within Rwandan society.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    There is no other NGO with MRG’s broad mandate on minority issues, nor its high reputation among minority communities, governments and UN human rights bodies. MRG has consultative status with the UN Economic & Social Council and observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Furthermore, MRG and partners in Africa have slowly begun to build up experience around minority rights and development, and are trying to link their communities into national development processes

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    People

    Reseau Des Associations Autochtones Pygmees (RAPY)

    RAPY could play an important role in carrying out successfully the proposed actions in connection with Batwa Pygmies.

    Unissons-Nous Pour La Promotion Des Batwa (UNIPROBA)

    Will be involved by designing national programme activities, national advocacy plans, and provide necessary information during and after the report.

    African Indigenous And Minority Peoples Organization (AIMPO)

    AIMPO will be fully involved at local and national level in terms of designing of national programme activities.