Post-Genocide Rwanda: |
Achievements and Challenges
November 2-3, 2007
California State University, Sacramento.
The Ethnic Studies Department at California State University at Sacramento and the School of International Studies at the University of the Pacific in Stockton and in collaboration with FORA (Friends-of-Rwanda Association) are organizing an interdisciplinary conference on Rwanda. The conference organizers are soliciting papers in all fields of Rwandan studies including : politics, history, economics, culture, education, justice, public health, trade, investment, genocide, …from all experts on Rwanda: academics, diplomats, journalists, NGOs, international organizations, government officials, political and religious organizations, civil society, etc.
The 1994 Tutsi genocide resulted in the killing of more than one million people. To rebuild the nation , the new government had to start from scratch, because all the infrastructure, the institutions and human resources were completely destroyed. The country now has a new constitution, new national symbols (flag, emblem, national anthem), new regional administrative units, and it has privatized its parastatals. To deal with the genocide related crimes and the aftermath of genocide, a gacaca tribunal system has been established and a commission on national unity and reconciliation has been created. An international tribunal was also established in Arusha, Tanzania to deal with the architects of genocide. The government’s achievements in some areas are indeed remarkable. New roads have been built.The country has more schools and universities, both public and private than ever before. Rwanda has the highest percentage of women in Parliament The capital Kigali is expanding and improving. Many organizations inside the country and in the diaspora with diverse initiatives, programs and projects, have been created to deal with genocide, economic, social and economic problems. Unfortunately new problems are also arising. There is a strong revisionist movement inside and outside the country. The rift between rich and poor is widening. Prices are increasing Unemployment is rising, and agriculture productivity is decreasing because of soil erosion and lack of fertilizers. The conference organizers are seeking papers which address the most serious problems that the country is facing and their respective remedies.
The conference outcome will not only be a contribution to Rwanda’s development but also a model for nation-rebuilding for all countries emerging from ethnic conflict and civil war.
The abstracts should be one-page maximum. The committee welcomes papers which are descriptive and prescriptive at the same time, which identify problems but also offer alternative and competing solutions to the ones already being applied.
The deadline for abstract submission is August 15, 2007.
All abstracts should be e-mailed to Professor Alexandre Kimenyi at
University of Pacific :
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School of International Studies
University of the Pacific
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California State University at Sacramento
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Boatamo Mosupyoe, Director Pan-African Studies :
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Ann Thomas, Department Administrative Coordinator :
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