Intra-Family conflicts in Rwanda | IRDP

Intra-Family conflicts in Rwanda


One of the missions of IRDP is to supports the search for consensus and exchanges ideas with other peace initiatives. In this regard IRDP is conducting a research on “intra-family conflicts in Rwanda: a constant challenge to sustainable peace challenge.

Family development in Rwanda is rooted in the country’s main orientations. Art. 27 of the country’s Constitution require the State of Rwanda to set up appropriate legislation and institutions for the protection of the family, especially the child and the mother. In this regards, Rwanda has established the National Policy for Family Protection with the comprehensive objectives to outline a framework for the implementation and monitoring of programmes to ensure the protection and support of the family in order to enable it to play efficiently its vital role in the country development[1]. The Policy specifically (among other specific objectives) aims at ensuring Peace, Democracy and Security within Family by promoting the culture of peace and an atmosphere of good harmony in the family (among other strategies)[2].

The study is built on various problems that face Rwandan families. Family conflicts are becoming a major problem to security and threaten welfare of Rwandan families[3]. In the last two decades following the 1994 genocide against Tutsi, the Rwandan society witnessed family members that have quarreled to the extent of killing one another despite efforts to promote family in Rwanda.

In the National Group Meeting conducted by IRDP in 2013, participants expressed their concerns regarding intra-family conflicts. They requested IRDP management and researchers to conduct a research on this issue. The following are research questions to guide this study:

  • What are the factors that influence intra-family conflicts in Rwanda?
  • What is the impact of family conflicts in Rwanda?
  • How these conflicts impact on the family assets management?
  • What are the strategies to increase and promote social-economic cohesion within Rwandan families?


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