The Institute of Research and Dialogue for peace (IRDR) yesterday announced a research aimed at analysing the effectiveness of existing mechanisms for participation and accountability in the country’s democratic governance.
According to Prof Peter Rwanyindo, the President of IRDP, the democratic governance goes beyond and seeks to see if people have a say, when consulted for decisions concerning their lives.
“We have to see if citizens are participating and have a word in all decisions and in this consultative meeting we have to look on the procedures of conducting the search,” Rwanyindo narrated.
The consultative meeting that took place at a local hotel attracted the academia, representatives of the public, and private sector, the civil society, media and some members from dialogue clubs in the country.
The first phase of the research will end in October this year, after consulting more than 1,000 people on participation and decentralisation and will also conduct its research in the Diaspora by June this year.
IRDP was established in 2001 to research and analyse some of the challenges and problems that the Rwandan society encounters and their origin.
The organisation has currently published the findings on Democracy in the Rwandan context, Power sharing, Political pluralism and the rule of law.