Why study peacebuilding and development in Rwanda and Uganda?
This program has been modified with a later in-country start date preceded by one to two weeks online. The online portion will include: program orientation; introductory activities to get to know your academic director and local program team; faculty-led sessions; guest lectures to provide the theoretical frameworks for the course and historical background to the sites and partner organizations; readings; preliminary assignments; and discussions about independent study projects and, if applicable, internship opportunities. We will also have online discussions to debrief sessions and prepare you to join faculty, local team, and peers in country.
Since the devastating 1994 genocide, Rwanda has transformed itself into a model of economic development among the countries of the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Review Rwanda’s history leading up to the breakout of the genocide and how the country has worked to rebuild itself as one nation. You will examine the country’s path to development and analyze the impact of home-grown solutions for peacebuilding, reconciliation, national resilience, and strong leadership, versus the influence of neoliberal international development policies and approaches.
Compare Rwanda to another post-conflict transformation case study in Northern Uganda, which emerged from two-decades of war in 2006, and also utilized transnational justice, reconciliation initiatives, and peacebuilding in its recovery and development plan. Examine the differing results each country has achieved by embracing the Singaporean model of development and how they have embedded the Sustainable Development Goals in its development initiatives. You will also analyze how these landlocked countries are dealing with threats to peace and security from ongoing conflicts in neighboring countries, as well as from transnational forces, such as insurgent groups, terrorists, and other dissidents.
- Visit Rwanda’s Development Board and phases 1–3 of the Rwanda Special Economic Zone.
- See the “big five” on safari in Akagera National Park and Murchison’s National Park.
- Explore Sipi Falls, a series of three waterfalls in Eastern Uganda near Mount Elgon National Park.
- Examine water rights and the potential for conflict over water access at the source of the Nile.
None. However, emotional maturity is necessary, as studying genocide and its aftermath may be difficult and upsetting.