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REPORT ON THE INAUGURATION OF THE NATIONAL

COMMITTEE ON IYV 2001.

Rwanda

 

 

Rwanda

 

Date: 4th May 2000

Time: 10.00 A.m

 

 

 

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS AT THE INAUGURAL CEREMONY OF THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF VOLUNTEER

(IYV 2001).

 

UNITED NATIONS AGENCIES

  1. LIUNDI Christopher C - Country Representative of UNESCO
  2. VANDAR Peter - Country Representative of FAO
  3. GUEBRE- CHRISTOS Guenet - Resident Representative of UNHCR
  4. ABDOUROIHMRANE Bacar - Resident Representative of UNDP
  5. RUSHINGABIGWITI Emmanuel - Communication officer, UNESCO
  6. SAIZONOU Guy- UNDP-UNV
  7. MENSAH Dom - UNDP-UNV
  8.  

    NON - GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATION AND OTHER

    VOLUNTEER AGENCIES

  9. ZORZI Carlo - Country Representative AVSI
  10. BIJANUKUZI HUCIRO Aimable - Country Representative VSO
  11. UWIMANA Rose - Representative of AVP
  12. RUTSINDA Emmanuel - Red Cross Rwanda
  13. REPRESENTATIVES OF MINISTRIES AND INSTITUTIONS IN RWANDA

  14. NTIDENDEREZA William - Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture
  15. NTAYOMBYA Phocus - Ministry of Lands
  16. MUBILIGI Olivier - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  17. KAGABU Francis - Ministry of Economics and Finance
  18. Honourable RWAKA MUKAYUNI Constance- Member of Parliament
  19. BUTERA Jean-Bosco - Vice Rector, National University of Rwanda
  20. YOUTH ASSOCIATIONS

  21. RUSIMBI John - President, National Youth Council
  22. PRESS

  23. SAGAHUTU Aimable - Rwanda Television
  24. SAMBAZI Martin- Rwanda Television
  25. MBUGUSE Pascal - Rwanda Television
  26. UNITED NATIONS VOLUNTEERS

  27. AIBINU Aderemi - Urban Mapping / GIS UNV
  28. GOISLARD Bettina - Protection Officer, UNHCR - UNV
  29. KAGABO Aisha - UNDP
  30. HOUDEGBE Guy - UNHCR - Field Officer, UNV
  31. MURAGISEMARIYA Helena - UNV/DDS
  32. MANGUE Mamadou - UNDP, UNV
  33. MBU Nelson - UNDP, UNV
  34. NTWABA Ellen- UNV/DDS
  35. GASENGAYIRE Auréa - UNV/DDS
  36. JOUNISEPKOU Telfan - UNV/UNDP - National University of Rwanda
  37. ATACHOGNON Cyprien - UNHCR - UNV
  38. MUKAZAYIRE Drocelle - UNV/DDS
  39. KOMLAN Kossi Gheslevu - UNV/DDS
  40. BAKUZAMUTSE Jean- Marie Vianney - UNV/DDS
  41. UWIMANA IGIHOZO Clarisse - UNV/DDS
  42. BABADY Phillippe- UNDP-UNV- National University of Rwanda
  43. ZAMIRE TRACRE Mamadou - UNV/DDS
  44. NIRERE Phoebe UNV/DDS/UNDP
  45. CODJIA Josiane - UNHCR-UNV
  46. GBADEGBEGNON Léontine - UNV
  47. DAO Marc - UNV
  48. KAYINDA wa BANYINGELA - UNV/UNDP/ National University of Rwanda
  49. TSHIULA TSHIMANGA Paul - UNV/UNDP/ National University of Rwanda
  50. KEBE Ibrahima - UNHCR/UNV
  51. ABDALLA Hassan - UNHCR/UNV
  52. SITAKI Emmanuel - UNDP/UNV
  53. MGANGA CW Majura- UNV/PVK/UNDP
  54. HUQ Mohammad - UNV/UNDP/National University of Rwanda
  55. FONGNI Camille - UNHCR/UNV
  56. COULIBALY Adama - UNV/UNHCR.

Group of people

 

PanelAs part of the effort towards the celebration of the International year of Volunteer (IYV 2001) and in line with the resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations, dignitaries and personalities were invited to deliberate and consider what special activity their agency may undertake in 2001 to mark the year in ways designed to enhance the involvement of volunteers in its activities.

OPENING CEREMONY:

The day was flagged off with an opening and a welcome address from Mr. Bacar Addouroihamane, (the Resident representative of the United Nations Development Programme in Rwanda). In his speech, Mr Bacar trace the history of volunteerism and the several achievements that these landable programmes had contributed to sustainable development. He acknowledged the tremendous and valuable impacts of the Volunteers, more particularly in peace resolution promoting traditional solidarity, reconciliation and reconstruction of Rwanda following the unfortunate incidence of 1994. Against this background therefore, the Resident Representative used the occasion to solicit more support from individual and movements alike, Governments and the governed, the International communities and UN agencies for appropriate recognition on what volunteers so, and offer to mankind.

He used the occasion to renew the support of UNDP’s governing body regarding its roles in promoting volunteers concepts and service and promised to continually work closely with the Volunteers in Rwanda and also encourage the sharing of ideas on IYV 2001. He concluded that, the year 2001 is not only for volunteers but truly a year for everyone where individuals can find a renewed sense of purpose, volunteer groups can be re invigorated, Governments and non-governmental organization and private sectors alike can enter into fresh partnerships to make for greater participation, alleviate problems and poverty the world - over promote good governance for sustainable development.

 

VOLUNTEERISM:

 

RwandaA presentation on the concept of volunteerism, principles its objectives and their activities/roles in the society at large and more particularly in Rwanda was delivered by Messers Guy Saizonon and Don Mensah both of which are the programme officer (UNV) and Domestic Development Services (DDS) respectively.

In his presentation, Programme officer for UNV in Rwanda (Mr. Guy Saizonou) used the occasion to thank the Government of Rwanda for the much needed support to Volunteer programmes and activities most especially during the past IV day organized in December 1999. In the same vain, he extended his appreciation to the country representative of NGO’s who were partners in progress and had contributed by no small’s means through their voluntary activities for the development of Rwanda.

Mr. Saizonou, went further to expatiate on the principles and concepts of volunteerism, the benefits derivable from volunteers work. He stressed that volunteers are like corner stone in building a virile and sustainable development.

On a final note, he used the occasion to solicit for more Bi-lateral cooperation and support from those international agencies that are yet take advantage of the volunteers.

On the international year of Volunteers, the programme officer highlighted that the year 2001 is unique in the history of voluntaries as it will afford the much needed recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of volunteer services all over the world. He maintained that IYV 2001 is for and about all kinds of volunteers everywhere, in this world, it is not limited to any one category of volunteer, whether formal or informal; on-going or occasional; agency- based or all volunteer domestic or international; unremunerated or modestly remunerated; and whether in direct service, advocacy or administrative and governance positions.

Don MensalHe then concluded that today’s meeting was a climax of a long consultation among volunteer organization, National NGO’s and community groups, Ministers and Ministries as well as Government and International agencies among other, on the aims of IYV 2001; what approaches the Government of Rwanda might wish to initiate; on the membership and formation of the National Committee and the support which might be required from UN agencies in marking the IYV 2001.

Mr. Don Mensal (the programme officer in charge of domestic development service) presented the various activities of DDS volunteers. He emphasized that the philosophy of DDS is to motivate and tap the local resources already in existence within the local populace and to help to contribute to the development at the grassroot.

He outlined further that the DDS activities are currently spread across five (5) prefectures in Rwanda of which no less than 17.000 individuals are direct beneficiaries. The assistance rendered by these volunteers are mainly in the field of Administration and management finance and micro-credit. Mr. Mensah stressed that the long-term objective of DDS programme is to allow autonomous and self-development of the local populace

 

SLIDE PRESENTATION

Mr. Aibinu Aderemi (an Urban Mapping / GIS UNV specialist and Miss. Beatina Goislard an UNV protection officer with UNHCR gave PowerPoint slide presentation on the international volunteers year 2001. The presentation saw the genesis of the IYV, background and the eventually UN resolution of NOV. 2001 which is

  • To enhance recognition for volunteers work
  • To increase facilitation
  • To enhance networking and
  • To promote volunteer's service world-wide above all, IYV 2001 is aimed at conferring greater visibility on volunteerism. In this regard, the expected out comes are that more needs be identified with which volunteers can help; that more people everywhere offer their services as volunteers, and that volunteers programmes received increased resources funding and facilitation to help them in tackling the needs for which they are called for confer greater visibility UN Volunteer, by advancing positives and dispelling negative images of volunteers.

 

NON - GOVERMENTAL ORGANISATIONS AND OTHER VOLUNTEER

AGENCIES

The country representatives of the NGO’s that are based in Rwanda namely; The voluntary services overseas (VSO); the Association Voluntaries services international (AVSI); the association des voluntaries de la Paix (AVP) and the Red Cross International used the occasion to present their mission activities report in Rwanda.

The voluntary services Overseas (VSO). This is an organization that has his activities dated back as far as 1948. The mission has 41 volunteers currently working in the partnership with the Ministry of Education especially in the area of capacity building and training. The country representative of VSO however said their activities in the coming year are to be extended to the fields of Health and Technology.

The Association Voluntaires Service International (AVSI) this is an Italian funded NGO and has been in operation since the past 30 years. The association has not less than 25 volunteers across different communes engaging in sanitary and social welfare activities in Rwanda.

The country representative of AVSI assured the audience that their mission has concluded plans and arrangement to extend their activities to Burundi and Kivu area of the Democratic Republic of Congo before the end of the year.

The Association Des Voluntaires de la Paix (AVP). Its country representative in his submission highlighted that AVP was set up to promote and defend human right. The association was funded in 1991 and is aimed at sensitising the general public on their rights and to monitor human right abuses and violation.

AVP currently has over 200 volunteers working in Rwanda.

 

REPRESENTATIVES OF MINISTRIES AND INSTITUTIONS

RwandaHonourable Mrs. Rwaka Constance, a member of parliament used the occasion to renew her Governments readiness to support the Volunteer's at all time.

The representative of the Ministry of Youth, Sport and culture, Ministry of Land, Ministry of Foreign Affairs all expressed their willingness to associate themselves with the land able objectives and goals of the IYV. They also pledged their respective Ministries UN support to the spirit of Volunteerism.

 

The country representative of FAO in his own contribution recognizes the indomitable roles that volunteers played towards the development of sustainable agriculture. He stressed that the volunteers have over time proved their professional skills in their respective fields. At the end of the morning plenary session, the UNDP Resident Representative thanked participants and encourage them to keep up with the good work.

 

 

INAUGURATION OF THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE

The second session of the day was devoted primarily to the inauguration of the National Committee for IYV 2001.

In his inaugural speech, the Resident Representative of UNDP stressed that the National Committee was set up primarily to

  • Assist further in the process of consultation

  • To prepare and facilitate an energetic programme of activities and strategy of achieving same programme of activities in Rwanda during 2001 and

  • To make recommendations designed to enable the realisation of the aims of IYV 2001 in Rwanda and also to recommend measures to facilitate volunteer work in future.

In all Nineteen (19) members committee was unanimously selected. N.B It is however hope that a representative of Religious Association will join the committee subsequent meeting.

MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON IYV 2001

 

  1. President -
  2. William NTIDENDEREZA - Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture

  3. Oliver MUPILIGI - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  4. Dr. Phocus NYAYOMBYA - Ministry of Lands
  5. Francis KAGABO - Ministry of Economics and Finance
  6. Honourable Costance RWAKA - Member of National Assembly
  7. BISANUKULI HULIRO Alexis- Voluntary Services Over seas (VSO)
  8. Carlo ZORZI - Association Voluntaries Service International (AVSI)
  9. Rose RWEMANA - Association des Voluntaires de la paix (AVP)
  10. John RUSIMBI - National Youth Council
  11. Françoise KAMANZI NTAGUNGIRA
  12. Alice KAREKEZI
  13. Emmanuel Rutsinda - Red Cross Rwanda
  14. Aisha KAGABO - UNV
  15. Kossi KOMLAN - UNV
  16. Camille FONGNI - UNV
  17. Guy SAIZONOU - UNV
  18. Dom MENSAH - UNV
  19. Aderemi AIBINU- UNV
  20. Bettina GOISLARD -UNV
  21. Representatives of Religious Associations in Rwanda

Afterwards, the house went into working sessions. There were 2 groups in all:

The working groups were saddled with the responsibility of reflecting on the spirit of volunteerism as well as coming up with proposals for plan of activities towards the celebration of IYV in 2001 in Rwanda respectively.

 

At the end of working session, the following submission were made for further consideration:

  1. It was noted that the traditional system of solidarity is fast giving way to NGO’s and Micro-Credit association in Rwanda.
  2. In this regard, the group stressed the need to achieve a real transfer of competency by way of Capacity building and strengthening of the National Staff. There was a general appreciation among members present that more and more Rwanda’s are now been involved in volunteers’ activities both within and outside Rwanda.

  3. That, there is the need to create a climate of public and official opinion more understanding of, and more sympathetic to voluntary action in general and volunteer’s service in particular as well as systematic sharing of experience in Rwanda.

A new meeting date for the groups was scheduled for 18th May 2000 while members were enjoyed to come up with proposals and plans for the celebration of IYV.

These proposals is expected among others, to cover period starting from May - December 2000 when the IYV celebration is supposed to flag off as well as the various activities that will be carried out during the year 2001. The Resident Representative (Mr. Bacar Abdouroihamane) thanked members for their patience and for sparing their precious time to participate in the meeting.






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