Conducting fieldwork in Rwanda

Jessee, Erin (2012) Conducting fieldwork in Rwanda. Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 22 (3). pp. 266-274. ISSN 0225-5189 (

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Despite the plethora of studies critiquing the political climate in post-genocide Rwanda, it is possible for researchers to conduct fieldwork in Rwanda. However, all aspects of the fieldwork being conducted must be sensitive to the highly politicised research setting and must satisfy criteria established by the government of Rwanda. This research note is intended as a guide for foreign researchers who, due to the difficulties associated with getting current information from outside Rwanda on official requirements, often have a limited understanding of what will be expected of them upon their arrival.