News and Upcoming Events

Conflict Sensitive Programming Workshop

October 18, 2018

CRASPD is inviting staff responsible for managing projects or programs in their institution or organization, – no matter if it is a government office, an academic institution, a local civil society organization or an international non-governmental organization or agency for a:

“Conflict Sensitive Programming” A Workshop for Development Practitioners

Thursday, October 18, 2018, from 8.30 to 16.30,

at PIASS Conference Hall in Huye-Taba.

According to our experience, it is not only useful but necessary to shape our interventions for the improvement of the situations of local communities in a conflict sensitive way: whenever we plan and implement any kind of program or project, there is a risk of contributing to tensions and conflict in the area, but also a chance to foster social cohesion and peaceful relationships of people and groups in the area of intervention.

Speaking Peace at Work – Seminar on Constructive Professional Communication for Pastors and Lecturers

The Center for Research and Action towards Sustainable Peace and Development (CRASPD) in collaboration with GIZ Civil Peace Service Rwanda, is offering “Speaking Peace at Work. A Seminar for Interested Pastors and PIASS Lecturers” for 4 full days at PIASS Huye Campus: October 16-17, 2018 and October 30-31, 2018.

We believe that we can improve supportive relationships and mutual trust in our professional environment – and have more ease and fun in our work – if we communicate from the place of our common humanness. In caring or pastoral work, we may long for ways to support healing and resolving difficult conflicts more easily. But wonder how we can do this. Nonviolent Communication is one of the most well-known approaches to dealing with conflict and with difficult experiences in a constructive, efficient and sustainable way. It has a great potential for improvement of our communication in every day working situations in the team, with people in our care, and beyond. You can find more information here:


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:


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.