MS in Management
In the 18 years since the genocide, Rwanda has transitioned into a prosperous and peaceful country. However, the need for peacebuilding actors is not removed. Currently, programs in peace, unity and reconciliation work independent from each other. The result is many programs are duplicated; some areas of the country have many programs while other areas are basically neglected. It would be beneficial if peacebuilding efforts were able to come together in a more collaborative fashion. One way in which this can happen is through a network. In this study, 17 organizations and 4 focus group interviews were conducted to assess the need, desire and benefits of a network. It was unanimous among interviewees that a network is something needed and would help continue peace in Rwanda.
The benefits of NGO networks are further supported through a literature review of 18 publications. The benefits of a network include: information sharing, resource sharing, capacity building, exposure to best practices and increased professionalism. While the benefits of a network are largely dependent on the leadership and the organizations involved, the disadvantages are relatively few. This information was reinforced through conducting a Strengths, Weaknesses Opportunities and Risks assessment which again showed that the potential benefits outweigh the negatives.
With careful planning and support the network can start on solid ground. A more collaborative peacebuilding sector, where organizations come together on a regular basis to share information will assist the continued peace of Rwanda which can influence peace in the region.
Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Organizational Behavior and Theory
Shamblin, Dan, "Strength in Numbers? Creating a Peacebuilding Network in Rwanda" (2012). Capstone Collection. 2577.