14 Jul 2014
Investment Climate Facilities for Africa (ICF) to work across Rwanda to operationalise mediation
CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) won an internationally competitive tender to advise the Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC) on operational frameworks to promote Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) within Rwanda. The aims of the project are to develop the overall National Policy framework for ADR and to build the capacity of KIAC to develop the provision of ADR services to users in Rwanda and the region.
Receiving funds from the Investment Climate Facilities for Africa (ICF), the Government of Rwanda and the Private Sector Federation, the ADR project is part of the country’s continuous efforts to support private sector development and to enhance the investment climate by promoting time saving and cost effective means of settling commercial and non-commercial disputes. To assist in this mission, CEDR have been appointed international consultants to advise on operational ADR frameworks and to promote the use of mediation and other ADR processes in a coherent manner.
CEDR has helped develop ADR in numerous jurisdictions and worked with many ADR Centres, where in each instance there are particular features and challenges to be met, although ADR can frequently deliver common benefits to business communities no matter the location. Whilst there have been are a number of different drivers for developing ADR processes there are corresponding examples of how the innovation has been successful. In much of Eastern Europe ADR development has been about signalling parity with other jurisdictions. In Hong Kong ADR has a component of innovating a justice system to meet the need of modern business. In India there was a need to speed-up dispute resolution where mediation in particular has the potential to deliver and in Pakistan it was about giving different routes for resolution with an approved, reliable alternative to the courts.
The project in Kigali has several objectives including working with a range of stakeholders to advise on ways to develop policy proposals to enhance the legal and institutional framework of mediation and arbitration within the Rwanda and the region. The second objective is to support KIAC in strategy and business planning to enhance their capacity to deliver high quality ADR services to their users, through utilising CEDR’s experience of operating Europe’s largest conflict management consultancy and having worked with many similar organisations throughout the world.
James South, CEDR Director of Training and Project Lead said, “We look forward to working with KIAC to aid them in developing mediation and arbitration frameworks for ADR promotion within Rwanda to enhance the business climate of the country. This project will draw on our 23 years’ experience developing our own successful ADR organisation and on the many similar consultancy projects we have worked with other developing ADR institutions worldwide.”
Notes to Editors:
CEDR is a not-for-profit body, founded in 1990, that campaigns for better resolution of disputes and management of conflicts. CEDR’s innovative initiatives promote awareness of the need for more effective leadership in collaboration and dialogue and how to achieve it.
CEDR is Europe’s largest independent Alternative Dispute Resolution service, which to date has helped over 40,000 parties in commercial disputes.
CEDR is the leading negotiation and conflict management trainer internationally acclaimed for its Mediator Skills Training of over 9000 mediators. It also consults globally on Civil Justice reform and helps business develop conflict management systems.
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Andy Rogers, +44(0)20 7536 6000, firstname.lastname@example.org