Policy Framework for Social Cohesion

“The Government of Rwanda has had as one of its main policy objectives the creation of a stable, cohesive society. This effort has been focused largely around the elimination of extreme poverty and fostering a sense of national unity and integration.The challenge is considerable given that Rwanda is a poor, post-conflict society. However, since the adoption of the Rwandan Constitution in 2003 by referendum, the government has been constitutionally bound to promote social welfare. There have been several programs, laws and policies that have been implemented to increase social cohesion. As Rwanda has evolved as a successful post-conflict society, so have the government policies evolved and adapted to remain relevant. The government’s strategy is built generally within the framework of two larger goals: Vision 2020 Umurenge Program (VUP) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).”