Construction of the Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze
Musanze, November 15th, 2012 – The Embassy of Japan and UNDP-Rwanda organized a joint visit to the future Rwanda Peace Academy (RPA) site in Nyakinama, Musanze, to monitor progress of the building’s construction. Mr. Kondo Shigeru, the Japanese Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, and Mr. Auke Lootsma, Country Director of UNDP-Rwanda, were given a site tour by the Director of RPA, Lt. Col. Jill Rutaremara.
The construction, which started in December 2011, is scheduled to end in December 2012. Members of the Rwandan Defense Force work together with civilians construct of the future RPA headquarters in Nyakinama. The construction of this building created work for more than 100 people in the area, most of whom are women. Mr. Kondo and Mr. Lootsma remarked that the construction is progressing well, after visiting the future classrooms, library, and auditorium.
The Rwanda Peace Academy is a project of the Ministry of Defense, which will offer courses and research programs relevant to post-conflict challenges in Africa. The project is funded by the Government of Japan and UNDP-Rwanda and aims to reinforce regional capacity for conflict prevention and conflict management.