Overall, Rwanda has made substantial progress since 1994 in reforming government structures, ensuring security, promoting peace and strengthening the justice system.

Despite progress, significant challenges remain including; youth participation in governance, women’s representation in local leadership, corruption, effective civic participation and freedom of expression.

AJPRODHO’s Democracy and Governance program helps to create an enabling environment for youth to learn, to grow and to contribute towards national development through democratic participation.

The ultimate goal is to work collectively with other institutions, youth and policy makers to bring effective and equitable delivery of services to citizens, especially the poor, indigenous and local communities. Also, the Democracy and Governance program seeks to reinforce the rule of law and citizen security through the design of appropriate policy, legal and regulatory frameworks and to strengthen local governance institutions.

Goal: To strengthen mechanisms for active youth participation in decision-making processes and due consideration of youth concerns.

Objectives:

  • Increase dialogue and debate on Human Rights, democracy and government issues among youth
  • Sensitize, advocate and promote awareness of governance and public policy among youth
  • Foster and advocate for enhanced youth participation in public policy and service delivery monitoring
  • Sensitize policy-makers to youth concerns and analyze rights violations
  • Promote collaborative efforts to improve democracy and governance