SDSN Great Lakes

Hosted by:
  • University of Rwanda, College of Business and Economics
    Kigali, Rwanda

SDSN Great Lakes was launched in 2014 with a mandate to promote the implementation of the SDGs in the complex region of Central and Eastern Africa. Through its activities, it takes the lead in mobilizing universities, research centers, and civil society in the region to take action and get involved.

Local Solutions Initiatives

Since 2015, SDSN Great Lakes has been holding annual conferences focusing on local solutions to achieve the SDGs. Those events have brought together hundreds of researchers from the region to present projects that help change the lives of people in the region for the better. Each year, the network selects a particular SDG challenge. This year the network selected “Promoting Pig Value Chain to Reduce Poverty, Fight Malnutrition and Enhance Youth Employment Opportunities in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)” from the University of High Technologies of the Great Lakes.

Public Lecture Series

To raise awareness among university communities and to share updated information on the progress made by countries in the SDGs implementation, the network has been organizing a series of public lectures since 2018. This academic year, in addition to these lectures, the network successfully completed a pilot study on offering a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) entitled “Introduction to Sustainable Development.”

SDGs Summer School

HOME ASSOCIATION, a Paris-based students’ initiative, in partnership with the University of Kigali and SDSN Youth Great Lakes hosted an SDGs summer school program in Kigali in August 2019. The program, which included around 25 students from three Rwandan higher learning institutions, invited participants to channel their creativity and build innovative solutions to some of the most pressing challenges that society is facing, while practicing digital communication skills and building frugal technologies.

Community Work for Sustainable Development

Community work, locally known as “Umuganda”, is a monthly activity which brings together citizens of every village and/or organization to perform activities that benefit the entire community; such as building infrastructure or taking care of the environment. This year SDSN Great Lakes brought together university communities at their respective campuses to conduct such activities and offer educational sessions on issues such as malnutrition, social conflicts, drug abuses or school dropouts.

Looking Ahead

The Network is planning to hold a regional conference on SDG4 at the end of 2020 which shall bring together experts from the region and global level. The MOOC on Sustainable Development, webinars, and the public lecture series will continue in the coming year as well. The network will also organize monthly community work and take it as an opportunity to educate the population on SDGs.

The College of Business and Economics (CBE) is one of the six colleges composing the University of Rwanda (UR), the largest public university in Rwanda. The UR’s vision is to be a leading university that develops highly enterprising graduates prepared and dedicated to building a more just and sustainable society locally, nationally, and globally, with appropriate innovations that advance the quality of life. The UR’s mission is to support the development of Rwanda by discovering and advancing knowledge, and being committed to the highest standards of academic excellence, where students are prepared for lives of service, and leadership, transforming communities through finding solutions.