Capacity building for civil society organizations on their participation in JADF

On the 8th November 2017, CCOAIB organized a one day workshop in Muhanga District with a theme “Capacity building for civil society organizations on their participation in J

ADF. Indisputably, the role of CSOs is to support and empower the Joint action Development Forum to carry out its mandate in inclusive and participatory way.

This forum enforces effectively the two key principles of good governance: Citizen Participation and mutual accountability.

Prior to this workshop, CCOAIB organized several awareness meetings with citizens on the involvement in the setting and monitoring performance contracts (imihigo). This was also done through radio shows with a purpose of encouraging citizen participation in forming national policies.

The workshop was attended by the vice mayor of Economic affairs of Muhanga district and a total of 52 people from more than 40 organizations (including 6 from CCOAIB).

This workshop of its kind was organized in partnership with GIZ.

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Workshop on National NGO registration guidelines

This Friday 13th October 2017 at Lemigo Hotel, CCOAIB in partnership with the Rwanda Civil Society platform convened a workshop to review the new National NGO registration guidelines established by RGB but also looked at the Rwanda NGO Law No.4/2012 of 17/2/2012 stipulating the registration organization and functioning of national NGOs in Rwanda.

The one day workshop that was attended various civil society organizations, proved productive since the participants were able to debate and provided well though representative feedback on the registration guidelines as requested by Rwanda Governance Board. The participants were also able to look at several articles of the Rwanda NGO Law and suggested possible amendments to ensure that the law effectively enables the Rwanda Civil Society to work and fulfill its development mandate.

At the end of 2016, Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) was mandated to register and monitor Civil Society organization in Rwanda.  It is in line with Article 5 of the law N56/2016 of the 16/12/2016 establishing RGB and determining its mission, organization and functioning that the board put in place new guidelines for both foundations and national Non Governmental Organization.  Rwanda Governance Board requested the Rwanda Civil Society Platform to provide feedback on the guideline before taking effect.

CCOAIB an umbrella organization previously consulted various civil society organization representatives working in all provinces of Rwanda on the law.  It was pleased to partner with the Rwanda Civil Society platform in offering  an opportunity for non-governmental organizations to express their views on a law that will govern them in the coming days.



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Seruka (a member organization of CCOAIB)…

Seruka ( a member organization of CCOAIB) launched on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at hotel the Mirror, in Kigali, a project entitled: “Rwanda Honey value chain project: Enabling women beekeepers to access market”. The project has a budget of 343,114 US Dollars that will benefit 1,000 people, of which 80% are women beekeepers. This project will be implemented in Rulindo district, Murambi sector, from May 2017 to February 2019.

This project will be funded by African development Bank (AfDB). The contract has been signed at AfDB office at Kacyiru, Gasabo district, Seruka was represented by its legal representative Mss Thérèse Uwimana.

Benoit Ndirikiye
Information and Documentation Manager

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Visite au Rwanda des volontaires et Sympatisants de 11.11.11, la coalition du Mouvement Nord Sud en Flandre

Bien vouloir trouver ici quelques souvenirs de la visite des volontaires et sympathisants de 11.11.11, la coalition du mouvement Nord Sud en Flandre- Belgique.

Après le Mémorial de Gisozi, Rubavu et Musanze, ils nous sommes à Karongi/ Kibuye avec une des coopératives encadrée par AJEMAC, un de 36 organisations membres du CCOAIB. Dans la soirée d’hier lundi 22 mai 2017, ils ont continué leur tour dans les milles collines du Rwanda en piquant sur Rusizi, Huye et tout naturellement ils reviendront à Kigali pour enfin repartir.

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Terms of references to illustrate the simplified citizen guide on TWIGIRE MUHINZI extension model



“Twigire Muhinzi” is an efficient, decentralized, integrated, farmer-oriented extension system that provides accountable services to farmers   through improved efficiency in the management and delivery of extension services at district level. The implementation basis of Twigire Muhinzi is the village/Umudugudu to promote the agriculture sector development.At village level, farmers are organized in farmers’ groups, each farmer group counts between 15-20 farmers according to their farms proximity. They are engaged to increase the agricultural productivity for their own development.Twigire Muhinzi is the new National Decentralized Extension System, reaching all Rwandan farmers and implemented by MINALOC and MINAGRITwigire Muhinzi has the following objectives:• Maintain national food security • Improve Productivity • Increase Income  • Improve livelihoods • Trying to reach all farmers of RwandaHowever, this very important document for agriculture sector stakeholders, especially farmers, remains big and not easily accessible and understandable  by most of its users, especially in rural area.
This is why CCOAIB in partnership with TROCAIRE-Rwanda intends to recruit an artist  to illustrating the simplified citizen guide on Twigire Muhinzi already developped by CCOAIB. simplify the documents of TWIGIRE Muhinzi and use illustration (images) to facilitate its understanding by those stakeholders, especially the small scale farmers.

The artist recruited will be asked to make illustrations of the simplified citizen guide on Twigire Muhinzi by:

  •  Designing images capturing the content of the guide
  • Filling in with designed images the spaces identified within the guide
  • Designing the format of the guide (A5 format)

The Artist will provide to CCOAIB the Twigire Muhinzi illustrated simplified document, the maximum simplified citizen guide on Twigire Muhinzi not exceeding 15 pages. The minimum number of images should be 14. Hard and soft copies in word format will be also submitted to CCOAIB


The illustration of the simplified citizen guide should be submitted to CCOAIB in a period of time not exceeding ten days.5. SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALSThe contacted Artist or firm will be requested to submit their motivation letter with CV and financial offer separately in two envelopes not later than 25 April 2016.

Done at Kigali, on 18 /04/2016
NGENDANDUMWE Jean ClaudeExecutive Secretary of CCOAIB 

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GIZ et CCOAIB, pour une participation effective de la population.

En date du 15 Avril 2016, le CCOAIB a organisé un atelier en vue de la présentation de l’outil de collecte des données sur les besoins prioritaires de la communauté à la base.

24 agents de changement provenant de 15 organisations membres du CCOAIB et de son equipe technique se sont rencontré à l’Hotel Lemigo dans le district de Gasabo afin d’echanger sur les mecanismes de gouvernance locale citoyenne.
Mademoiselle Fleur Siri assistante technique du GIZ Rwanda appuyant le CCOAIB depuis bientot trois mois a en compagnie de Monsieur  Jean Bosco Senyabatera, chargé de programme au sein du CCOAIB ont animé cet atélier qui a duré une journée.

Dans notre feuillet d’information qui paraitra ce lundi, nous vous fairons le point sur ce que les organisations membres du CCOAIB ont bénéficié de cet atélier d’echange.

Benoit Ndirikiye
Service Information et Documentation

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With the aim of pursuing the implimentation of agricultural policy

With the aim of pursuing the implimentation of agricultural policy, particularly land consolidation, CCOAIB agents have conducted these three last weeks, visits which brought them in different districts of Rwanda.

From Gakenke to Huye, passing through Ruhango, Musanze, Rwamagana, Kirehe and Nyaruguru, they met agriculturalists, cooperatives associations, the people, agronomists and locol authorities at different levels.

If it is right that land consolidation policy favoured economic growth and fought against poverty, the evidence is that agriculture in Rwanda is actually chocked by several problems. We are working out for this topic and we will be confident of making it reach to you in a very earlier occasion.

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Avis d’appel a soumission pour un consultant formateur en monitoring des politiques nationales

Par le présent avis d’appel à soumission, le RAPES-GL invite un consultant indépendant ou issu d’un bureau d’études de niveau régional à présenter les offres techniques et financières pour donner une formation de haut niveau sur le monitoring des politiques nationales.

Les termes de références sont disponibles au Burundi, au Secrétariat Général d’ADISCO sis ROHERO II, avenue BUTUTSI, no 29, tél : +257 22 25 7520, en République Démocratique du Congo au siège de AMIS DU KIVU, tél : +243 (0)9 94 45 47 47 et au Rwanda au siège de CCOAIB, tél : +250 788 302 065. Les TDRs peuvent être retirés tous les jours ouvrables de 8h00 à 12h00 et de 13h30 à 17h00 et sont disponibles sur le site internet

Profil du consultant
Le consultant doit justifier au moins d’une formation universitaire de niveau Maîtrise, DEA et Doctorat de préférence en sciences sociales, politiques ou dans les sciences apparentées. Il doit disposer d’une expérience pertinente comme formateur de haut niveau dans les domaines variés. Il doit notamment avoir déjà assuré une formation sur le monitoring des politiques.

Date limite de dépôt des soumissions
Les offres se font exclusivement par voie électronique envoyées simultanément à; et au plus tard lundi, le 10 décembre 2012 à 11H00.

Secrétaire Exécutive du CCOAIB


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CONSULTATION : Africa Union Shared Values

On the 16th and 17th of October 2010, civil society from across in East Africa convened under the joint aegis of the East Africa Civil Society. Organisations’ Forum (EACSOF) and the Centre for Citizens’ Participation in the African Union (CCP – AU) to discuss shared Values between the African Union (AU) and the East African Community (EAC).

The meeting follows the decision of the 16th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) which recommended vide decision (EX.CL/Dec.525 [XVI]) to make Shared Values the theme of the Ordinary Session of the Assembly in January/February 2011. It further noted the need to put in place a Pan-African Architecture on Governance and identify obstacles and measures to be adopted to facilitate continental integration based on such shared values.

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COGNIZANT of the common vision toward a united and strong African through regional pillars such as the East African Community as enshrined in the Constitutive Act of the African Union;

RECOGNIZING that all EAC states are parties to the Constitutive Act of the African Union, African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the significant steps by a majority of Partner States in ratifying the African Charter on Democracy, Election and Governance and the Protocol to the African Charter on Human an Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women;

APPRECIATE all the steps taken by the AU in adopting norms, principles and policies aimed at promoting democracy, rule of law good governance, respect for human rights and social political development in Africa with the full participation of Civil Society in Africa and which form part of the values they share in the current integration process we’re experiencing;

TAKING NOTE of the recommendation of the 16th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union[1] to make Shared Values the theme of the Ordinary Session of the Assembly in January 2011, put in place a Pan-African Architecture on Governance and identify obstacles and measures to be adopted to facilitate continental integration based on such shared values.

NOTING that these values can play a critical role in transforming Africa, regional integration and sustainable development;

RECOGNIZING that whilst these shared principles and values have been consistently articulated in many Treaties, Declarations and Resolutions adopted by the EAC, their consolidation, implementation and other obstacles remain a major challenge among the partner states;

ACKNOWLEDGING that the EAC as a building block of integration in Africa is willing to play a strong orientation in ensuring that they are shared and practiced across the region;

NOTING the need at both the African Union and East African Community work in close partnership with all segments of civil society;

WE THE MEMBERS of East Africa Civil Society convened under the leadership of the East African Civil Society Organizations Forum (EACSOF) in collaboration with the Centre for Citizens Participation in the African Union (CCP – AU), representing the five (5) Partner States namely Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda identified our shared values inherent in the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African within the areas of human rights, democracy, elections governance and gender as;

1. In line with Human Rights, the sanctity of life, tolerance of diversity and take into account the basic need and conditions necessary for human survival;

2. Regarding democracy, elections and governance, we believe in equitable and effective participation, accountability, transparency and integrity; holding free, fair and participatory elections as core values in democracy, good governance and elections;

3. Concerning gender, we share values of protection against Gender Based Violence and, discrimination and promoting health as a basic human rights; gender equality and gender equity;

CONCERNED that in the area of Human Rights;

i. There is insufficient ratification and domestication in the Partner States of continental and regional human rights instruments;

ii. There has been inadequate response of the Partners states to gross human rights violations occurring in East Africa;

iii. That abductions, kidnapping and illegal transfer of people accused of serious crimes such as terrorism is ongoing;

iv. There is notable prevalence of impunity especially among state agencies;

v. There is a lack of appropriate protection of human rights defenders;

vi. The extension of the jurisdiction of the East African Court of justice has not been finalised;

vii. There has been inadequate access to justice for the poor, marginalised and vulnerable members of society;

WE FURTHER TAKE NOTE WITH CONCERN that in relation to democracy, elections and governance;

i. That the majority of EAC Partner States have not ratified and domesticated the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance;

ii. There is need for increased political will to fight grand corruption in the region;

iii. There is an absence of a regional mechanism monitoring the Partner States compliance to Democracy, Elections and Governance principles and values;

iv. There is insufficient separation of powers within the arms of national governments;

v. There is limited participation and space of opposition parties in political processes and governance;

vi. There is increase in politically motivated election related violence and gender based violence;

vii. There is slow progress towards full and active participation and effective representation in political processes and leadership at all levels especially among women and the youth;

CONCERNED with Gender equality;

i. That there continues to be existence of gender insensitive laws and policies at national and regional level;

ii. Of the high level of general ignorance and misconceptions of gender as a social construct;

iii. Of the lack of regional Gender Based Violence (GBV) policies and inadequate implementation of national policies;

iv. Of the lack of a comprehensive regional monitoring and evaluation and inadequate implementation of national Monitoring and Evaluation framework;

v. Of the underrepresentation and meaningful participation of women in key missions such as peacekeeping and conflict resolution

vi. Of the existence of harmful cultural practices such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and forced and early marriages

WE the participants to the Consultative Meeting therefore resolve and RECOMMEND;

The EAC and AU Partner States speed up the process of domestication and implementation of the various continental and regional protocols and declarations aimed at promoting women’s rights, press freedoms, access to information and regional integration, among others and to put in place implementation, monitoring and enforcement mechanisms;

Put in place a programme to enhance awareness creation with particular focus to effective use of public media and further hold and support civic education programmes regarding all continental and regional instruments and policies vis-à-vis regional integration and human rights;

Institutionalise and the strengthen of the mandate of civil society participation in the EAC and AU to ensure their full and active participation in the development and implementation of EAC and AU decisions;
We further recommend with regard to Human Rights;}}

i. Urge the AU to operationalize the Human Rights Fund created in 2003 in Kigali (Rwanda) by the Ministerial Conference on Human Rights in Africa to deal with issues such as effective reparations and capacity building of national, regional and continental human rights institutions;

ii. The abolishment of the death penalty in East Africa as an inhumane form of punishment;

iii. The guarantee of humane treatment of accused persons and prisoners while in lawful custody;

iv. The development mechanisms to compel Partner States to comply with the Rule of Law be set up and operationalised;

v. Hasten the passing of the draft EAC HIV and AIDS Prevention and Management Bill, 2010;

vi. Enhance the administration of justice through increased budgetary allocation and capacity building, including facilitating legal aid and awareness policy, and engendering the role of CSOs facilitating the aforementioned;

vii. Accelerate the finalisation of the Protocol Extending the Jurisdiction of the East African Court of Justice;

viii. Carry out wide consultations with a broad base of stakeholders such as CSOs in the vetting and appointment of individuals to Human Rights mandated bodies;

ix. Increase the involvement and participation of community leaders and elders in the enforcement of human rights be guaranteed and appreciated;

With a view toward enhanced democracy, elections and governance;

i. Establish a regional elections standards body to monitor regional elections;

ii. Institutionalize shadow governments in the governance systems at the national level in order to promote political pluralism;

iii. Fully observe the principles of freedom of association and speech;

iv. Expeditiously develop the EAC Peace and Security architecture in particular, giving attention to the Early Warning System with a view to curbing election related violence.

v. Developing mechanisms at the EAC aiming at compelling its Partner States to sign, ratify and domesticate and implement, continental and regional instruments on governance, elections and corruption;

To promote gender equality and protection against gender based discrimination we urge;

i. Partner States to protect individuals against Gender Based Violence and Discrimination;

ii. Promote health as a basic human right;

iii. EAC partner States to sign, ratify, domesticate and implement all regional and continental treaties on gender equality;

iv. EAC Partner States to adopt a regional gender protocol;

v. Partner States to further promote public-private partnerships on promoting gender issues;

vi. EAC Partner States to involve the community in elimination of bad and harmful traditional practices;

vii. Partner States to enhance the technical and human capacity at the EAC dealing with gender issues;

Partner States to allocate 15% of their respective national budgets toward health in accordance with the Maputo Protocol; We Members of the East African Civil Society Organisations’ Forum Commit to;

i. Our intentions to align and harmonize civil society actions towards achieving both national and regional governance and development objectives;

ii. Constructive engagement in national, regional and international development initiatives and with other regional bodies such as the African Union and the East African Community;

iii. Offering effective collaboration and support during the development of the Shared Values, their implementation and monitoring of processes.

iv. Enhancing efficient, effective, transparent and accountable practices as evidenced by the ongoing process of developing guidelines and principles for the legal and operating environment for Civil Society at the EAC.

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Guidelines for citizen input on code of ethics for public servants

The Code of Ethics for Public Servants is a draft Presidential Order that recognizes the idea that public confidence in government is essential, and aims to support this idea by setting standards for public servants to make sure government transactions and decisions are made fairly and honestly.

When its provisions are followed, the code should ensure that the personal and financial interests of public servants do not present a real or apparent conflict of interest with their responsibilities to serve the public. Also, the Code should protect the public and fellow civil servants from personal misbehavior by any official.

Civil society organizations across Rwanda have the opportunity to provide input on the draft code. This short document presents some questions that might be used to help civil society representatives identify ideas to improve the current draft code.

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