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An Eight-step quick guide to developing an Advocacy plan (Extract from my Book: ‘Advocacy in Sub-Saharan Africa’, April, 2014)

Building coalition: An effective advocacy strategy should start by bringing together all stakeholders relevant to the advocacy issue. This includes, on the one hand, the beneficiaries: the communities gathered in “interest groups” such as associations, cooperatives and other unions, to whom the violation has or is likely to impact directly, and on the other hand the ‘experts’ actors working in ...

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A letter to my South Sudanese friend – A tribute to Kagame.

This is a letter to my friend, colleague and fellow blogger from South Sudan: Dr. Remember Miamingi. On his blog[1] he has been harsh on Salva Kiir’s leadership and South Sudan’s post-independence economic performance. It is also a tribute to Paul Kagame. Dear brother Miamingi, As a parting short to our daily, heated debates; this is to you, my way ...

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Now what? Are they going to kill him like Gaddafi?

We all watched in awe as Museveni signed that terrible anti-gay bill into law. I thought it was reckless to play hate-mongering politics, at the cost of innocent lives. It really was retrogressive step in an already hostile legal and political environment, such as that of Uganda Now, my reading of situation is that Obama was an arrogant buffoon to ...

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Male dominance and its aftermath; A legal perspective.. Posted 19th February 2014

Abstract Men have managed to impose that dominance as a norm, naturally – God endowed privilege, not to be questioned by women. They anchored their dominance by infecting history, divinity and culture, which would shape posterity. They erected gatekeepers to ensure that their dominance is not challenged and taken down overtime by women and progressive men. Today as pioneer women ...

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To my Congolese friends: Wake up, look in the mirror and rise.

I was born in DRC. So unlike my fellow countrymen who were half amused-half irritated by celebrations of Kagame’s fantasy death in different cities in the DRC, I was more disappointed and heartbroken. Not only did I watch a delusional people – for the thousand’s time, but the idea that a population would wish the death of a foreign leader ...

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Who are gay people and what they go through

Note: Rwanda does not criminalize homosexuality. Gay people live with no fear from the police or the law. They still face social stigma… This is an Invitation to act, that I circulated in 2009. I dedicate it to my Ugandan brothers and sisters. RE: SUPPORT FOR THE DECRIMINALISATION OF LBGTs IN THE DRAFT PENAL CODE Dear Human Rights/ Health Defenders; ...

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What ‘Agaciro’ means for me

My colleague Rashid Dumbuya from Sierra-Leone has written a good piece(unpublished), on a successful welfare state versus a corrupt state. Describing two different states; Mauritius and Sierra-Leone, he succinctly captured what was wrong with African societies, including my own; Rwanda. As a human rights lawyer, he looked at the issues through human rights lenses, and talked about the responsibility of ...

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Tilaye NigussieDecember 4, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Dear Gatete, I must say that you have touched a nerve here. Dignity is a very important aspect of human existence, which needs to be valued and upheld. The view that leaders are only responsible for the growth and development of a country is misplaced. As you have rightly put it, shared responsibility to demean wrong doing is critical for ...

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Rebuttle to a biased report on Rwanda and Burundi by self appointed ‘African experts’

Critical reaction by Gatete Th. K. and Andreas Nørlem on a report entitled: ‘DIFFERENT PATHS TO BUILDING PEACE AND BUILDING STATES IN RWANDA AND BURUNDI’ published in the Danish Institute for International Development by Simon Turner. Introduction In some parts of the world, a wanton assertion of incorrect information with the intent to mislead the opinion is called lying and ...

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