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The first phase of the Gacaca Archive Project has started to preserve and to make accessible the archive created through the Gacaca Courts. NIOD contributes to this project by developing an archives basic training course.

Trainers: dr. Peter Horsman, drs. René Pottkamp
Programme Leader: Petra Links, MA
Duration: January 2015 – July 2016
Website:: http://gacaca.rw/archive/

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Rwanda faced huge challenges in the wake of the genocide in 1994. From 2002 until 2012, more than 12,000 Gacaca Courts - or formally known as Inkiko Gacaca - were operative in local communities throughout the country and concluded almost 2,000,000 cases. These figures illustrate the scale and impact of the Gacaca Courts and with that the extraordinary value of the archive produced by these courts for Rwanda as a nation as well as for international audiences.

In January 2015 the first phase of the Gacaca Archive Project has started to preserve, digitise and increase the accessibility of the documents and audio visual records  in the Gacaca archive. NIOD contributes to this first project phase by developing an archives basic training course. Addressed topics during these course are, among others, archive management, document arrangement and archival description. The course will help the Rwandan archive staff to stabilize the physical condition of the Gacaca documents as well as to improve the document retrieval process.

This project is the result of a cooperation between the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) , Aegis Trust , the Department of Digital Humanities  King’s College London , University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research (USC Shoah) and the NIOD.

Initial funding for the first stage of the project has been secured from the Government of Rwanda (through CNLG) and the Netherlands government.