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The guiDE program provides DukeEngage alumni a pathway to continue their commitment to service and civic engagement by providing leadership, mentorship and service opportunities that support wider DukeEngage efforts on campus and beyond.


DukeEngage Partner Organization: RISD – Rwanda Initiative for Sustainable Development

Major: Public Policy

Contact Nina:

Nina is a junior studying public policy and documentary studies. She interned at Rwanda Initiative for Sustainable Development this past summer, an NGO dedicated to securing land rights for vulnerable populations in Kigali, Rwanda. She is a documentarian interested in development work and the nonprofit sector, and she has learned a great deal from her DukeEngage experience.

Resource Guide for DukeEngage Rwanda

Following her summer working with Rwanda Initiative for Sustainable Development, Nina developed the following list of resources for students who are interested in that program — or similar programs.

I did not have training in Kinyarwanda but I highly recommend it.

I suggest looking into Rubenstein Library, there is a lot of archival material on Rwanda.


We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch


Samuel Shearer has an impressive list of articles, but some include:

Coffee and Genocide/ Producing Sustainable Futures in Post-Genocide Rwanda / Women and Land (look up Rwanda specifically) / Rwanda Initiative for Sustainable Development publications


I do not recommend films to learn about Rwanda. Most of the ones you can find are all done by Europeans, imposing a single narrative about survival on Rwanda. They are quite narrow-minded and misleading.

Online Videos

I looked up short language clips. There are not that many, but they are helpful.

TED Talks

I do not recommend the Josh Ruxin TED Talk. If you do watch it, please keep an open mind and know that his perspective does not stand alone.

  1. CDS (documentary) student group
  2. Amnesty International

This is very difficult for Rwanda, and I am really not sure. I would suggest speaking to Samuel Shearer, the site coordinator. Bill Bamberger, a professor at CDS, would be a great resource for interested students to talk to, since he has been there multiple times.