Every Voice Counts – Rwanda

Every Voice Counts (EVC) is a programme from CARE Nederland and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for which The Hague Academy provides courses and training. Based on the principle that inclusive governance leads to peace and stability, CARE and its partners actively promote effective and inclusive decision-making processes in the world’s most fragile states. EVC was active in Afghanistan, Burundi, Pakistan, Rwanda, Somalia and Sudan. The project ran from 2016 to 2020.

The Hague Academy for Local Governance built the capacity of Local Authorities (LAs) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on inclusive governance. 

Main goal

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.


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


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

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