The RPA was started as a project by the Government of Rwanda (GoR) in 2008 through Ministry of Defence with the financial support from the Government of Japan. The GoR provided land worth 104 million Rwandan francs ($160,000), supported various training programs, and provided initial personnel staff for the RPA, while the Government of Japan offered $ 3 million for construction, purchase of equipment, capacity building and public relations through UNDP.  The project ended on 31 December 2012.

Inauguration of construction of RPA Training Facility

Hon. Minister of Defence
UNDP Resident Coordinator
HE ambassador of Japan


Currently the Rwanda Peace Academy (RPA) is an educational, training and research institution working in the field of peacekeeping training with a specialty in post conflict recovery and peace building. 

The Academy is recognized by the Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) as one of the Regional Peacekeeping Training Centers for EASF. It is a member of various training and research associations including;

a. Association of Security Sector Reform Education and Training (ASSET), an association that brings together organizations and institutions engaged in SSR education and training. 

b. International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (IAPTC), an association that brings together individuals, organizations and institutions engaged in peacekeeping education and research.

c. African Peace Support Trainers Association (APSTA), an association that serves as a framework for improving the capacity of peacekeeping training institutions through facilitating exchange of best practices and capacity development support and for enhancing the impact of peacekeeping initiatives by the African Union (AU) and Regional Economic Communities/ Regional Mechanisms (RECs/RMs).

Rationale for Establishment of the RPA

The establishment of RPA is informed by:

a. International approaches to conflicts in Africa have often proven inadequate in ensuring stabilisation and sustainable peace because of the complex nature of those conflicts.

b. Post-conflict recovery and peace building programme is not given the due attention and consideration that it deserves.

c. Rwanda offers a rich background of experiences to draw from in the area of post conflict recovery and peace building including practical case studies of homegrown solutions.

d. There are some good regional and international best practices to borrow from.

e. Rwanda’s active contribution to regional and international peacekeeping;

f. The realization that peace and security is a prerequisite for sustainable development.