International Research Project 2020: Rwanda

This year, the International Research Project will bring us to Rwanda from April 26th to May 12th. 20 of the most motivated and enthusiastic students will have the possibility to visit and explore the country while also performing meaningful research on the effectiveness of the Aid and Trade Policy of the Netherlands in this small African nation. 

Rwanda is unfortunately mostly known to Western ears for one of the most obscure moments of its history: the 1994 genocide. Luckily a lot has changed since then: the country is now famous for being the first in the world with a female majority in parliament, for its futuristic policy of having completely banned plastic bags, and as a renowned destination for sustainable tourism.

Despite being one of the fastest-growing economies in the continent and its goal of becoming ‘the Singapore of Africa’, Rwanda is still one of the poorest countries in the world: about 40% of the population is living below the poverty line. For this reason, we are teaming up with Resilience BV, an international network organisation that carries out research and consultancy projects in emerging markets, and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Rwanda to analyze the tools of the current aid and trade policy and providing suggestions for improvements and synergies.

The research will be conducted on several subjects in small groups. The subjects can entail a comparison of tools and services provided by the Embassy, comparison of bilateral development organisations, analysis of the inclusive and sustainable growth in Rwanda, the effect of SMEs versus multinationals on inclusive growth or analyses of policies on Rwandan and Dutch side. Any other suggestions are welcome as well. The research will start in March and will cost you approximately 4 hours per week. During these months you will have the opportunity to talk to key stakeholders at the embassy, ministry, SMEs and multinationals. 

The trip will cost €799, inclusive of the flight, hotels, transportation, some activities, breakfast and most dinners. Students are advised to bring at least €250 for other expenses, as well as for emergencies. Note that you can still join the trip while choosing not to participate in relatively expensive activities. Activities that have additional costs will of course be optional! Finally, take into account that other costs such as your Visa, which will cost around 30 USD for EU citizens, and vaccinations may apply – successful applicants will receive more information on these details.

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Application Deadline is February 23rd 2020.

Interested? Apply here.