Annual Report 2012:
Securing Land Rights for Sustainable Development & Poverty Reduction
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Who are we!
RISD is an institution committed to building a centre of learning about best practice in the field of community development work in Rwanda. The organization believes that it is not just the resilience of Rwandans that will see the low-income communities improve on their livelihoods, but all the good intentions have to be complimented with pro-poor and natural resources policies. The organization is based on the conviction that people’s participation is key to the success of sustainable development and poverty eradication. This objective is achieved through learning process where both RISD and partners, including the communities that we work with, learn by doing —TOGETHER.
RISD Program work Rwanda Initiative for Sustainable Development (RISD) is a local non-governmental organization (NGO), whose work is based on Action Policy Research, Networking and Advocacy. Because of its effective dialogue approach in national policies engagement, and pro-poor focus, RISD is considered by many, both in Rwanda
and outside as a model civil society. The idea of establishing RISD came out of the need and challenges of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda that left Rwanda as a more divided country beyond any imagination, influenced by bad governance including inequalities of land rights because of bad politics. RISD is an organisation with a dream of in a long-term to become a centre of learning about best practice in the field of community empowerment through experiences from the ground. The organisation believes that it is not just the resilience of the Rwandans that will see the low-income communities improve on their livelihoods, but all the good intentions have to be complemented with pro-poor and equitable land policies.