News and Upcoming Events


Research Seminar on

Social Psychological Analysis of

Intergroup Contact and Reconciliation

2:00 – 3:30 PM on February 21, 2019

Room 1.4, Main Educational Building, PIASS

Dr. Mayuko Onuki, Ph.D. in Social Psychology (University of Southern California) & M.A. in Research Psychology (California State University, Long Beach), is a research fellow of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Research Institute. Her research field encompasses issues of intergroup conflict and reconciliation, volunteering and civil society, social identity, mental health and cross-cultural psychology. She has published mainly on social psychological processes in intergroup conflict and cooperation. For more information on her and her work, have a look at the following link:

On February 21, in a research seminar co-organized by the Center for Research and Action towards Sustainable Peace and Development (CRASPD) of the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS) and the JICA Research Institute, Dr. Mayuko Onuki will speak about “Social Psychological Analysis of Intergroup Contact and Reconciliation in Skills Training for Ex-Combatants and Civilians with Disabilities in Rwanda.”. The seminar will take place at PIASS, Main Educational Building in the Room 1.4, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM.

We are looking forward to having you with us on that day!!!


Conflict Sensitive Programming Workshop

held on October 18, 2018

kazuWelcomeThe Center for Research and Action towards Sustainable Peace and Development (CRASPD) of PIASS organized a Workshop on “Conflict Sensitive Programming” on October 18, 2018, at the PIASS Conference Hall in Huye-Taba. 20 participants from different international and local Nongovernmental Organizations, as well as lecturers from the Faculty of Development Studies of PIASS were present in the event.


After a presentation of the background and concept of conflict sensitive program management and sharing experiences from consultancy work for an international NGO and from application of the Do No Harm approach by CRASPD in its project with Umucyo Nyanza, a practice in some techniques for a conflict context assessment was conducted.

Group work on a case study

The practical part of the workshop and the networking between participants brought lively debates and important insights into the value, the challenges and the benefits of conflict sensitive programming. It was found that the assessment of a conflict context can help find surprising factors that divide and connect people or groups in the area of a planned intervention. For development programs as well as peace work or business projects, it is vital to be aware of those sources of tension and of social cohesion, to avoid that interventions from outside could fuel conflict or decrease chances of peaceful cooperation between different groups. It was concluded that while applying a conflict sensitive approach does not necessarily mean adding a peacebuilding component to a planned program, the exploration of the conflict and peace factors in a context – with participation of the local population – can help a program to support local capacities for peace that already exist in that context.

Presentation and discussion of group practice


Participants from different NGOs and academics after the conclusion of the conflict sensitive programming workshop



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.