Violent conflict always leads to a wide array of devastation. People are killed, infrastructure is destroyed, and lives are changed forever. It also, however, damages less tangible things such as trust. So, what has been the impact of the 1994 genocide on trust in Rwanda? In this Africa Lunch Meeting, Assistant Professor Bert Ingelaere from the Institute of Development Policy (IOB) at the University of Antwerp will discuss his research on how to re-establish trust after atrocities, based on more than 400 life history interviews in Rwanda, spanning from before the genocide up to 17 years after it. While inter-ethnic trust reached a low point at the time of the 1994 genocide, almost two decades later, it is experienced as positive again. This is a remarkably fast recovery given the nature and intimacy of the violence experienced, prompting questions about what drives the trust recovery and what policies can work to enhance it? And, importantly, who exactly remains deeply distrustful and why?
The working language will be English.
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