Generally, at this centre we understand ethics as a set or system of moral ideas which are product of a society. In research and in teaching, ethics refer to a code of conduct, either implicit or explicit, that would define the responsibility of the researcher and of the teacher towards various research stakeholders and participants in teaching and learning activities.
In terms of research, CCM researchers recognize various principles of social science research methods. Among those principles, CCM recognizes that neither sponsors nor researchers can use their coercive powers to force people into participating in research activity. Participation is voluntary. Again, the centre respects the principle of intent consent. This is to mean that prospect participants control the decision on whether participate in the experiment and that they are fully informed on whether the research matches their values, interests and preferences. Finally, the Centre for Conflict Management of the National University of Rwanda values confidentiality. In this context, participants are assured that information they give are not made available to anyone who is not directly involved in the study.
The teaching and learning activities of CCM promotes the learner-centred approach of education. Teachers strive and are encouraged to recognize their role of facilitators as “edu-learners” who contribute to participants’ skill and knowledge building while learning from their students as well.