Peace, Conflict and Development Studies Component


The Peace, Conflict and Development studies component the University of Rwanda/Sweden program for Research, Institutional Development and Higher Education focuses on PhD training, research dissemination, building sustainable peace in local communities and strengthening Masters of Arts in Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation as well as regional short courses. PhD research and research dissemination fields include: gender equality and inequality, sexual violence, genocide studies, environmental conflict and decentralisation, resistance studies, identity and conflict, governance in post-electoral violence and home-grown solutions as approaches to conflict transformation in post genocide Rwanda.

The above fields, among others, respond to CMM’s research need that inspires policies and it is an opportunity to generate native knowledge on the deep causes of conflicts and potential strategies for the development of sustainable peace in Rwanda and beyond. The ultimate CCM’s ambition is to become a centre of excellence in Rwanda, the Great Lakes Region and East Africa as a whole for research and training in prevention and positive transformation of conflicts. The aim is to address the knowledge gap in the field of genocide, peace and conflict studies, post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation through conducting research, teaching as well as community services in the form of policy oriented research.

CCM has kept on expanding its partnerships in order to be able to achieve its mandate. Its key partners include Rwanda National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG), the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC), Rwanda Defence Forces Command and Staff College (RDFCSC), Rwanda Peace Academy (RPA); Rwanda National Police College (NPC), World Vision Rwanda Program and Rwanda Educational Board (REB). At the regional level, CCM collaborates with Uganda Martyrs University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology. In the same line, CCM has also initiated contacts with the University of Nairobi and the University of KwaZulu Natal for cooperation in PhD training and development. CASS staff will be trained in one of the universities, beginning with 2015, in support by UR/Sweden Program. At the international level, CCM has built strong ties with academic and non academic institutions. These include, but are not limited to the School of Global Studies of the University of Gothenburg the and University of South Florida. 

The program is built on general and specific objectives.

Overall Objective

The overall objective is to enhance the research capacity and expertise within the fields of peace, security and development in Rwanda

Specific objectives

Specific objectives are as follows:

  • To increase the number of PhD holders in Peace and Development Research at CCM
  • To increase research and the number of publications in peace, conflict and development studies at CCM
  • To improve the MA in Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation by establishing a new specialisation track and by developing pedagogical skills
  • To make CCM a regional centre of excellence in peace and conflict transformation


Team Leaders and contacts

The project has team leaders both on Rwandan and Swedish sides. On Rwandan side is Dr. Shyaka Mugabe Aggee while on the Swedish side is Dr. Gunilla Blomqvist Sköldberg. Deputy team leaders are Mr. Musafiri Elly and Sarah Blichfeldt, respectively.


Rwandan side:

  1. Dr. Shyaka Mugabe Aggee

  2. Musafiri Elly -

Swedish side :

  1. Gunilla Blomqvist Sköldberg -

  2. Sarah Blichfeldt –


Master Programme

Since 2009, the programme supports MA in Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation (MA PSCT) at the Center for Conflict Management of the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS). This MA programme attracts both nationals and foreigners from the region and beyond. Since 2009, over 100 students have completed their education. 

PhD training

Under the Peace and Conflict component, there are nine PhD students pursuing doctorate education at the School of Global Studies at the Gothenburg University, Sweden. Click here to see list of PhD students

Sustainable Peace in Local Communities

Sustainable peace in local communities has brought research projects to local communities. The main activity is the community dialogue for peace which aims at promoting sustainable peace at the local level. It is carried out in five districts, namely: Huye, Gisagara, Nyamagabe in Southern province; Kayonza district in Eastern province; and Rubavu district in Western province. The assessment of the project results into reports that are published in the Peace and Conflict Management Review at

Research seminars (Click here)