Every Voice Counts – Rwanda

The Every Voice Counts (EVC) programme promotes effective and inclusive decision-making processes in the world’s most fragile states. EVC is based on the principle that inclusive governance can help lead to peace and stability.

Inclusivity in governance processes implies that all people including the poor, women, ethnic and religious minorities, indigenous peoples and other disadvantaged groups, have the right to participate meaningfully in governance processes and thus, influence decisions that affect them.

Every Voice Counts is conjointly implemented with CARE Netherlands and financed by the Dutch Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken. The Hague Academy for Local Governance provides courses and training. The programme is active in Afghanistan, Burundi, Pakistan, Rwanda, Somalia and Sudan. The project runs from 2016 to 2020.

Despite a favourable legal framework, Rwanda experiences high levels of gender based violence. Weak governance structures and inadequate judicial systems provide little redress. The intervention aims to monitor and enhance accountability for the implementation of these laws by women, by enhancing their decision-making roles in local governance processes.


  1. Empowerment of members of excluded groups on lobby and advocacy;
  2. Strengthening the advocacy role and capacity of civil society;
  3. Responsive public authorities and other power holders;
  4. Effective spaces for dialogue and negotiation


10 Local Trainers, 30 representatives of Local Authorities and 30 representatives of Civil Society Organisations have been trained.


  • Care Netherlands
  • VNG International
  • International Development Center for Innovative Local Governance (CILG)