Final Report: Duteze Imbere Ubutabera Activity.

Project Report | July 31, 2021

USAID, in partnership with the government of Rwanda, designed the Duteze Imbere Ubutabera activity to support Rwanda’s justice sector in achieving their shared vision for increased and improved services for all Rwandans.

The activity’s period of performance focused on five districts — Gasabo, Nyaruguru, Musanze, Bugesera, and Nyamasheke — which connected local and national government representatives, non-governmental organizations, citizens, and community leaders through activities that enhanced access to justice and improved both the formal and the community justice systems. Duteze Imbere Ubutabera (DIU) aimed to increase access to justice and enhance the rule of law in Rwanda through improving judicial effectiveness in both formal court mechanisms and community justice (Abunzi) and improving public understanding of judicial system processes and legal rights. This final report addresses the activity’s impact, evaluates the capacity of justice sector institutions and organizations involved in DUI’s scope, and summarizes the project’s challenges and lessons learned and makes recommendations for future programming.