News and Upcoming Events

PIASS Peace Club Video on
Commemoration of Genocide Against the Tutsi in Nyanza 2018

CRASPD, in collaboration with PIASS Peace Club, organized a Genocide commemoration day for the women of the Umucyo group in Nyanza. The activity took place at Nyanza memorial site on May 1, 2018.

Members of PIASS Peace Club participated actively in the activity, where many of them appreciated it and suggested also other students to join such kind of activity for broadening their thoughts about the Genocide of Rwanda against Tutsi in 1994. Participants were from different countries such as South Sudan, DR Congo, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Japan and Germany.

The PIASS Peace Club Media team produced a video on the event and posted it on facebook:

Scholarships available

Calls for application for scholarships have now been published for the October 2018 intake in the Bachelor’s program in Peace-Building and Development Studies. Please, see more – and find the details at:

AVP Advanced Level Workshop Mid August 2018

For people who have completed an Alternatives to Violence Program Basic Workshop, we will conduct an Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP) Advanced Workshop at PIASS Huye Campus from Friday, August 10, 14:00 (2 pm) to Sunday, August 12, 2018, 16:00 (4 pm).  Participation in at least one AVP Advanced Workshop is necessary for those who would like to join a Training of AVP Facilitators (ToF), which is planning to take place later this year.


The Center for Research and Action towards Sustainable Peace and Development (CRASPD) is organizing a series of activities around the topic of Critical Thinking, from June to August 2018. In the first two trainings, held in June and early July 2018, students from all three faculties participated.  The general objective of the training is to create a space for PIASS students from different faculties to increase their critical thinking skills for the sustainable development of the communities they will work with in their professional life after graduation. A training of facilitators will be conducted in the last week of July.

Information Seminar about the  Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) Program

On Sunday, June 24, 2018, Center for Research and Action towards Sustainable Peace and Development (CRASPD), in collaboration with PIASS Peace Club, presented the Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) Program designed to build community capacity to respond to wide-spread trauma and to strengthen interconnections, reduce isolation, and better accompany families, neighbors and community members on their journeys of healing.


Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP) Advanced Level Workshop at PIASS, August 10-12 , 2018.

AVP is a training program enabling participants to deal with potentially violent situations in a new, positive, and creative way (  In the last week of May, the Center for Research & Action towards Sustainable Peace & Development (CRASPD) of PIASS, in collaboration with GIZ Civil Peace Service, will conduct the second  Advanced Level AVP Workshop in this year for those who have taken part in the Basic Workshop. What makes the Advanced Workshop special is that the participants choose a focus topic for the workshop according to their interests and learning needs.

Besides serious work on revisting the basic pillars of Alternatives to Violence and on the focus topic, we will also have fun and move together, as the picture from the AVP Advanced Workshop in March 2017 may show:


Students’ Trauma First Aid Training in April and May 2018.

The Peace Club of PIASS, in collaboration with CRASPD and with support from the GIZ Civil Peace Service, conducted a Trauma First Aid Training for members of PIASS students’ clubs, ahead of the 2018 period of Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. This is following a similar training held last year upon students’ request who wanted to learn how to support persons who are in emotional crises that often arise during the commemoration period.  After a short Nonviolent Conflict Transformation Briefing, to clarify terminologies and set the background of the training, the Trauma First Aid Training itself was held in April and May 2018 for four days, by the experienced trauma counsellors Dr. Joséphine Mukabera, PhD, and MBA Thérèse Uwitonze from Mental Health Dignity Foundation. The same team conducted a refresher training in which those trained last year refined the knowledge and skills gained in the training and learnt additional techniques to support people in emotional crises. Shortly before the PIASS Commemoration Event, the group of newly trained students joined those trained last year and formed teams who will, under the trainers’ supervision, offered Trauma First Aid services for this event.

T41_relax_Day4The introduction and practice of techniques for relaxation and for dealing with emotional crises complement the knowledge that participants learn in this training.

Nonviolent Communication Africa Retreat in May 2018.ggh2

CRASPD, in cooperation with one of the most experienced trainers for Nonviolent Communication (  in Africa, Dunia Hategekimana from Rwanda, and support from the GIZ Civil Peace Service, held a Nonviolent Communication Africa Retreat in the week May 14-18,  2018, in Gisenyi/ Rubavu. 23 participants from 11 African countries who have been integrating the process of Nonviolent Communication in their lives, work, community /organization, met for 5 days to share experience and learn from each other. Much has been done on the continent and in diaspora that we would like to make it visible, in an African way: NVC in education, higher, primary, special;  NVC in work with youth , churches , national cohesion , health, Ecology, counselling, business, NGO’s, personal growth…. The participants were coming from Burundi,  Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. More on the website

Film Screening of SWEET DREAMS on International Women’s Day

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we showed, in cooperation with the PIASS Peace Club, the film “SWEET DREAMS” telling the amazing story of women who mustered courage and creativity to combine their journey of reconciliation with innovative entrepreneurship.


Operational Planning Retreat for Faculty of Development Studies and CRASPD

On Thursday, January 11, the members of the Faculty of Development Studies held a full retreat to review the progress of ongoing work, and to select the priorities of the Strategic Plan to focus on in 2018. In the Operational Plan, the focus is on fostering the links between peace and development in teaching and research and extend joint projects and academic networking.

In the Operational Planning Workshop of the Faculty of Development Studies of PIASS, the Center for Research & Action towards Sustainable Peace & Development presented its activities from February to November 2017.



Report on Alternatives to Violence Training of Facilitators completed

The report of the ToF last month has been finalized and distributed. As they want to see more to refresh their memory and learning and to have fun, some of the participants came to get more pictures from CRASPD. report_d2_AVP_ToF_X_2017_PIASS_CPS_morePics


Students’ Competition to design a Logo for the Center for Research and Action towards Sustainable Peace and Development (CRASPD) concluded.  

The Students’ Competition to design a logo for the Center for Research and Action towards Sustainable Peace and Development (CRASPD), founded 2015 by the Faculty of Development Studes  at the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS), was launched in October 2017, in cooperation with PIASS Peace Club.  Six teams submitted entries, and in two sessions of the Faculty of Development, the winning team was selected.  A small award ceremony took place on February 6, to thank the six students’ teams for their commitment and creativity to produce the drafts. A Japanese professional designer is now volunteering to produce the final logo.