District to invest in Residents ‘social wellbeing

Participants at the IRDP research finding presentation

 Nyamasheke district is drawing lessons from recent research findings revealing how the district residents would reach a permanent solution to poverty

The findings were presented in Nyamasheke district on Friday November 8, 2013 by the Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace (IRDP).

They highlighted the social and economic development of the people in Nyamasheke District Western Province and the whole of Southern Province since 2001.

According to Prof. François Masabo, a lecturer at National University of Rwanda who took part in the research; it found that there are almost identical reasons that limit development in all districts they researched.

“Many of these reasons are due to the Rwandan history especially the effects of the 1994 genocide against Tutsis. There are many poor and vulnerable people heading families, there are many orphans and widows in abject poverty and also lack of infrastructure” says Prof. François Masabo.

The findings also revealed that people in the two provinces do not participate in most programs like village settlement, Land Use Consolidation and growing of highbreed crops which add on limitation to their social and economic growth.

The research aimed at finding out the reasons to why the social and economic development of people in district in the Southern and Western Provinces of Rwanda is lower compared to other provinces. 

It entailed putting together the ideas and thoughts of the members in Joint Action for Development Forum (JADF) in all districts.

JADF members were required to talk of challenges, limitations and solutions to social and economic development of people in the area.

According to the vice mayor for finance and economic development in Nyamasheke district Charles Bahizi, the research has enabled the district to be aware of its strengths and weaknesses.

“We are going to base on our strengths, set strategies to remove these limitations so that people can achieve long lasting development.

 

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