The Great Lakes Center for Culture, Peace and Development (GLCPD) started in 2009 in Rwanda. The organization is registered as a not-for-profit and non-governmental organization in Rwanda and its activities cover Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. The Head Office is located in Gasabo district, Kigali City, Rwanda.
It is well known that the Great Lakes Region of Africa has vast agricultural, water, mineral and energy resources, which continue to await appropriate policy (including a more practical system of land tenure), planning, investment and development. The countries of the region are endowed with great potential in both human and material resources. However, It is natural resources that the people in the Great Lakes African region suffer extreme levels of poverty, while they live in a sub-region which is rich in natural resources. In additional to this, the conflicts in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda have claimed the lives of millions of innocent civilians, and armed groups in these countries committed gross violations of human right. The conflicts also destroyed decades of development efforts and prevented further development, thus exacerbating human suffering and poverty. The root causes and dynamics of conflict in the Great Lakes Region are multiple and complex including groups arms, natural resources management, a lack of equal opportunities to access social justice power and the proliferation of small arms are just a few of the factors that perpetuate conflict in the region.
There is no doubt that a more efficient exploitation of the available natural resources through strategic measures such as the improvement of the backward agricultural system as well as the poor infrastructure throughout the sub-region and the introduction of climate change resilience, mitigation and adaptation systems could effectively bolster the economic performance of the sub-region. With more efficient management, these resources could dramatically transform the economic conditions of the population and alleviate their suffering.
GLCPD works with different stakeholders including governments, International, regional groups/associations and local people to identify the causes of conflict and formulate projects including environment protection, natural resources management, food and nutrition security, social justice, peace, good governance to enhance mutual understanding between the various nationalities.
To be a Centre of Excellence dedicated to the vision of attaining a durable peace and stability along with an accelerated socio-economic development for the benefit of the people in the Great Lakes sub-region of Africa
The mission is to be champion activities that are geared towards peacebuilding, conflict resolution and socio economic development in the Great Lakes sub-region of Africa through project development, studies or research on all vital issues, training, advisory services, dissemination of local knowledge, advocacy
Our main objective
GLCPD's overall goal is to forge a peaceful and prosperous community in the Great Lakes region of Africa, where everyone is aware of their rights and responsibilities, citizens are equal before the law, and people can overcome their differences while gaining economic empowerment and improving their livelihoods.
The specific objectives are:
• To contribute to access social justice, unity and reconciliation for the achievement of peace, as well as transparency and accountability, stability and accelerated socio economic development in the Great Lakes subregion of Africa.
• To contribute to poverty reduction, improve health, food and nutrition security, fight against HIV-AIDS and other epidemic disease to benefit the vulnerable sectors of society (women, youth, widows, orphans and street children;
• To empower women and youth for effective participation in social justice, economic and public life and to eliminate all forms of violence against them in compliant to the SDGs 2030 Agenda;
• To support communities through disaster risk reduction, awareness-raising and capacity strengthening within and across borders in the great lakes region to support the managing resources including natural energy, environment protection, mining, water resources management and raise awareness of the security implications of climate change.
• To create a platform to facilitate of exchange of knowledge, research and good practices in scope of innovation and modern solutions in conflict resolution that will continue to play a significant role in the development of a sustainable approach towards natural resources management.