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SIT Study Abroad Rwanda-Uganda: Post-Genocide Restoration, Development & Peace Building
Gulu, Uganda; Kigali, Rwanda (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Fall
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
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Minimum GPA: 2.5 Fields of Studies: Anthropology, Economics, Education, Geography, International Relations, International Studies
Language of Instruction: English Experiential Learning: Internships, ITR Field Study, URI Affiliated Program
Class Standing: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Program Description:
Program Description:

Rwanda-Uganda: Post-Genocide Restoration, Development & Peace Building*

*This program has combined coursework from two previous programs in Rwanda & Uganda and will be offered for fall 2020 only.

Study post-genocide Rwanda’s rapid development and the global trends informing it and compare it to post-conflict development in Uganda.

Since the devastating 1994 genocide, Rwanda has transformed itself into a model of economic development among the countries of the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Review Rwanda’s history leading up to the breakout of the genocide and how the country has worked to rebuild itself as one nation. You will examine the country’s path to development and analyze the impact of home-grown solutions for peacebuilding, reconciliation, national resilience, and strong leadership, versus the influence of neoliberal international development policies and approaches.

Compare Rwanda to another post-conflict transformation case study in Northern Uganda, which emerged from two-decades of war in 2006, and also utilized transnational justice, reconciliation initiatives, and peacebuilding in its recovery and development plan. Examine the differing results each country has achieved by embracing the Singaporean model of development and how they have embedded the Sustainable Development Goals in its development initiatives. You will also analyze how these landlocked countries are dealing with threats to peace and security from ongoing conflicts in neighboring countries, as well as from transnational forces, such as insurgent groups, terrorists, and other dissidents.

Program Highlights

  • Visit Rwanda’s Development Board and phases 1–3 of the Rwanda Special Economic Zone.
  • See the “big five” on safari in Akagera National Park and Murchison’s National Park.
  • Explore Sipi Falls, a series of three waterfalls in Eastern Uganda near Mount Elgon National Park.
  • Examine water rights and the potential for conflict over water access at the source of the Nile.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

Independent Study & Internships

Students will take four weeks to investigate a development theme that is of interest to them. In addition, students have the opportunity to hone their skills in dealing with and learning from the unexpected and accomplishing a major learning task in a new and challenging environment. The research methods and ethics course done during the program will be instructive during these four weeks.
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You will gain valuable work experience and enhance your professional skillset in an international work environment, drawing on the wide network of community organizations, activists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and academics connected to the program.
Sample internships include:
  • Empowering young Rwandans to work toward sustainable peace and development at Never Again Rwanda
  • Working to prevent genocide and overcome its consequences with the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide
  • Supporting advocacy work for indigent and vulnerable groups at the Legal Aid Forum
  • Assisting International Bridges to Justice’s work to protect the basic legal rights of individuals

Key Topics of Study

  • The history of Rwanda’s genocide and the reconciliation and peacebuilding process
  • Post-conflict reconstruction and economic development in Rwanda and Uganda
  • The role of transnational justice and reconciliation initiatives in peacebuilding
  • Forced migration, complex humanitarian emergencies, and refugee settlements

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