To carry out its activities, the Centre for Conflict Management decided to work in various academic departments.
DEPARTMENT OF RESEARCH (DR)
The main activity of the centre is research. Thus, this department works in three major units to carry out research and manage publications. The following is a list of existing research units.
Unit 1: Genocide Studies and Prevention
There is insufficient academic expertise and in-depth knowledge of key aspects of genocide as well as on mechanisms of genocide prevention. The lack of a solid expertise base in society also means that decision makers do not have access to the best advice or support from the largest pool of stakeholders and staff. And yet, such advice is particularly important in a field as sensitive as that of peace and conflict studies. The unit on genocide studies and prevention works in order to contribute to this field so that researchers, policy makers and other agents get access to literature in the above mentioned field.
Unit 2: Internal Processes of Socio-Political Development
There is no such a big challenge than reconstructing a nation that was torn up by a genocide ideology. The field of post-crisis reconstruction is still lacking literature in many parts of Africa, and yet, this continent that suffers from many intra-state conflicts needs a strong cognitive foundation in order to build sustainable peace and development. This unit looks at several internal processes used by African countries that strive to rebuild socio-political structures for sustainable peace and development.
Unit 3: Peace, Conflict, Security and Governance Studies in the Great Lakes Region
The post genocide Rwanda is a country that values regional integration. This is proved by its recent adherence in the East African Community, without forgetting the fact that it is part of the African Great Lakes Region. This region is struggling to provide stability, security and peace to its people who have been experiencing many conflicts. The unit works to provide regional researchers, decision makers, and different agents with findings that helps them in their daily activities regarding peace, security and governance studies.
DEPARTMENT OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS (DAA)
The Centre for Conflict Management’s teaching program aims to address the knowledge gap in the field of genocide, peace and conflict studies within the Rwandan and African academic community as well as among civil society actors. CCM also seeks to provide a forum for dialogue among key stakeholders in the country and beyond Rwandan boundaries.
Unit 1: MA, PhD, Short Courses, and Post Doctorate
To complement and disseminate its research findings, this unit helps the centre in the establishment and running of formal courses offered to part time and full time undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate candidates in the field of peace and conflict studies. In addition, CCM delivers dynamic short courses and training to leaders from around the Great Lakes Region and other parts of the world in the field of genocide, peace and conflict studies. The unit’s services reach out to non-profit leaders, business executives, educators at all levels, public sector staff, students and other professional audiences who cannot afford to attend long-term programs due to various reasons.
Unit 2: Instructional Technology and Open Learning
Teaching has become a significant activity in CCM. Apart from the face-to-face programs, the center is planning to expand its teaching and dissemination of skills and knowledge through open and distance learning.
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY SERVICE
CCM service to the community will be pursued with the objectives of:
• Bringing together community actors towards creating a thinking and strategy space on challenges of political organizing for community leaders
• Sharing with and transfer practical, organizational and personal empowerment skills to community leaders aspirants
• Supporting staff with gender sensitive organizing and technical skills around issues of designing action plans and carrying out conflict management activities
• Producing a handbook on ethics, values and resources for community leaders.
CCM proposes a transfer of skills through capacity building interfaces for community leaders thriving on two principles; first by sharing skill and second, providing technical support. The aim is to share skills of advocacy and organizing, with community leaders and associations, towards the realization of a critical mass of community leaders knowledgeable of peaceful conflict management strategies. The centre provides technical support through building the skills of technical and support staff in local governance institutions to boost work and impact in conflict management. It combines dialogue sessions with skills acquisition trainings. Expertise from political and social actors, popular theatre and communication are involved in the training. The department is made of two units:
Unit 1: Community Dialogue for Peace (CDP): All CCM staff members are involved in this. Under this unit, the centre works with various associations or organizations whose mission is related to the promotion of peace. It is in the same context that the centre participates or assists in initiatives related to active mediations, negotiations, and or another domain related to peaceful settlement of disputes through constructive dialogue sessions.
Unit 2: Intellectual Debates for Peace (IDP): All CCM staff members are involved in this. CCM’s mission crosscuts all spheres of peace building, including most importantly the role played the elite in the process of sustainable peace. It is in this context that the centre promotes intellectual debates that attract participants from the NUR communities and above. In these debates, participants get to share opinions with various stakeholders, public and private decision makers, on various topics of national and international interest.
DEPARTMENT OF RESOURCE MOBILIZATION
The unit is made of three units:
Unit 1: Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation
Unit 2: Peace and Conflict Project
Unit 3: Marketing and Public Relations