YOUTH DIALOGUE FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT
YDPD is a youth organization that seeks to build peace through dialogues, training, and other social activities aiming at fostering development progress in Rwanda. Founded in 2013 from an idea of some of the youths who participated in a training organized by AEGIS-Trust on the role of young people in the development of the country. Currently, YDPD counts more than 50 registered members in the City of Kigali and surrounding areas. It is officially registered by the government of Rwanda through Rwanda Government Board: 812/RGB/NGO/OC/11/2020. It partners with authorities in different sectors and collaborates with governmental institutions basing on specific planned activities or projects that fall in their mandates.
Since its inception, YDPD has been focusing on issues that enhance peace among the population such as unity and reconciliation of Rwandans, their perceptions and roles on socio-economic development as well as their welfare. YDPD also seeks to empower communities with necessary information, knowledge, and skills through training, debates, dialogues, theatres, and games, to enable their full participation in the peacebuilding process and developmental activities. YDPD joins youths purposively to take part in activities to strengthen unity and reconciliation as the crux of peace in the country. It also does other activities in the support of survivors of the Tutsi genocide of 1994.
During the time of COVID-19 lockdown, some families were affected in different ways, parents lost their jobs and a number of businesses were closed. YDPD members supported different families and advocated for the “come back to school” for young children who were affected to go back to school.