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ICNL is implementing a program in partnership with our local partner, the Concertation des Organisations d’Appui aux Initiatives de Base which seeks to improve the implementation of the NGO Law by fostering dialogue between the government and civil society organizations on how the legal framework can better address the needs and concerns of the sector. ICNL and its partners are developing a mobile platform to encourage information exchange between NGOs and government. ICNL also provides young lawyers with opportunities to increase their capacity to work on legal issues affecting the non-profit sector and supports the development of civil society law courses at select universities in Rwanda.

ICNL is opposed to all forms of trafficking in persons and is committed to mitigating the risk of trafficking in persons in connection with its operations and programs. It is the policy of ICNL to comply fully with the provisions of our cooperative agreements regarding trafficking in persons. Read our full policy here.

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Civic Freedom Monitor


Last updated: 21 March 2020

A March 21, 2020 government notice instituted a complete ban on individuals' movement from their homes, exc [...]

Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index

The index, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development for twenty years, documents the development of civil society in seventy-one countries around the world, including Rwanda. ICNL and FHI 360 work with local partners to produce the index annually.



UN Special Rapporteur Urges Rwanda to Lift Restrictions on Peaceful Assembly and Association

The United Nations special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Maina Kiai speaks to a government official during an official visit to Rwanda in January 2014. (Photo credit: Jeff Vize)
As he concluded his official visit to Rwanda, the UN Special Rapporteur (UNSR) on the rights to freedom of peaceful ... Read More

Rwandan NGOs hold consultation to contribute their input to new NGO law

Rwandan NGOs hold consultation to contribute their input to new NGO law
More than 50 domestic and international NGOs held a consultation to make recommendations on a new draft law governing NGOs ... Read More

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