The Youth Association for Human Rights Promotion and Development (AJPRODHO-JIJUKIRWA) is a non-profit, membership organization working to improve the situation of youth and children in Rwanda through human rights promotion, protection, research, advocacy, economic empowerment and civil society strengthening. AJPRODHO was founded in 1997 and is registered with legal personality N0. 19/11, acquired under the new law number 04/2012 of 17/2/2012.

The organization has transitioned from a small NGO to a nationally active non-governmental organization operating in all provinces and Kigali city.


A peaceful society where there is youth participation for social justice and decent living conditions for all


To empower youth to claim and respect Human Rights and advocate for socio‐economic betterment

Objectives of the organization

  • To promote and protect human rights in line with national and international conventions;
  • To adopt an integrated approach for the promotion of human rights and development;
  • To sensitize the youth on their rights and duties in the society, awakening them about development as a pre-requisite to attainment of one’s fundamental rights as well as promotion of a culture of hard work.
  • To promote gender equality and social welfare amongst the youths;
  • To sensitize the youths on environmental conservation and protection activities as a basis for full enjoyment of human rights

Strategic intervention programs

  • Human Rights and Access to justice
  • Democracy and governance
  • Youth Economic Empowerment
  • Child rights and protection

Principles and values

  • Equality: AJPRODHO promotes and advocates the human rights of all persons using a rights-based approach. AJPRODHO believe in fostering the principle of Human rights; Inalienable, universality, indivisible and interdependent. Accountable to the communities it serves, its donors, and other stakeholders for resources that come into its possession.
  • Partnership: believes in building nurturing partnerships for efficient, effective, and collaborative service to Rwandan communities.
  • Sustainability: believes that communities and partners should be left stronger and more resourceful after its interventions are complete.
  • Equity: strives to ensure that everyone has a fair opportunity to achieve his/her full-length potential regardless of any consideration.