RNUD Strategic plan 2018-2023


Brief Background about RNUD:

Rwanda National Union of the Deaf (RNUD) is a registered National non-governmental organization bringing together all categories of Deaf people in Rwanda. RNUD was established in 1989 by Deaf people in the view of uniting and to raise awareness on their needs and concerns. RNUD is a member of the National Union of Disability Organizations of Rwanda (NUDOR) and is affiliated to the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and the works in partnership with Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), and the National Council of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD).



Purpose of the Strategic Plan

This strategic plan is a policy document that will guide the operations of RNUD during the next five years. It sets the scene for overall co-ordination of organizational activities in the country focusing on strengthening the relationship between the organization and its Members as well as the relationship between NGOs, government and the wider Civil Society. The strategy will contribute towards creating an environment of good governance, leadership and commitment to the organization Vision, and to striving for a high standard and quality of life to be enjoyed by the vast majority of deaf community in Rwanda.



To ensure that deaf Rwandans exercise their rights at all levels.


To promote the human rights of Deaf Rwandans, ensure access to quality services such as education and health care, and in general build the capacity of the RNUD to better serve Deaf Communities at national and grass root levels.


  • To promote Rwandan Sign Language as a legally recognized national language in its own right and to spread its use throughout Rwanda via classes and outreach efforts.
  • Advocating and lobbying for reforms in laws, policies and programs that take in consideration the unique needs of Deaf Rwandans in areas of health, education, and socio-economic empowerment.
  • To combat marginalization and disenfranchisement by sensitizing the public on Deaf culture and cooperating with relevant institutions and ministries mandated to assist Deaf people in all areas of development.
  • To establish, represent and support regional and grassroots associations of the Deaf.
  • Improving the health status of deaf people through SRHR.


Thematic area I:        HEALTH

Thematic area II:      EDUCATION


Thematic area IV:     SECURE LIVELIHOOD


Program goal: To advocate for inclusive health services & SRHR for deaf persons in Rwanda

The health program seeks to answer the following questions:

  1. To what extent have the involvement of deaf persons and capacity development of young leaders with disabilities, organizations for persons with disabilities and the SRH providers in public and primary clinics opened space for participation and improved access to SRHR?
  2. To what extent have the policies, strategies and programs of the national government and Development Partners in Health changed to include the SRHR needs of deaf persons?
  3. Are there observable indicators for change of practices in the provision of SRHR commodities, services and education by private companies, Ministries of Health and the non-governmental organizations?

Deaf Persons have the same sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) needs as other people. Yet they often face barriers to information and services. The ignorance and attitudes of society and individuals, including health-care providers, raise most of these barriers – not the disabilities themselves. In fact, existing services in Rwanda usually can be adapted easily to accommodate deaf persons. Increasing awareness is the first and biggest step. Beyond that, much can be accomplished through resourcefulness and involving deaf persons in program design and monitoring. On 3 May 2008 the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities came into force. This is the first legally binding international treaty on disability. It mentions SRHR specifically.

 Program objectives

The program addresses the following key concerns that will include:

  1. Establishment of partnerships with coalition groups with RNUD.
  1. Raise awareness and increase accessibility in-house. Attention to the needs of deaf persons as an integral part of our current work.
  2. To ensure that SRHR programs and social policies reach and serve deaf persons.
  3. To address deaf persons issues in national SRHR policy, laws, and budgets.
  4. To promote research on the SRHR of deaf persons.

The expected outcomes of the programme is: 1) inclusive policy and legal framework and strategies targeting deaf persons  2) improved access to SRHR resources, information and services tailored towards the needs of deaf persons.3) Stronger & more inclusive disability movements for SRHR in Rwanda.


Program Goal: To promotes the inclusion of deaf persons in formal and non-formal education in order to enhance their access to employment and participation in civic and economic processes.

 Program Objectives:

    1. Make provisions for inclusive education for pre-school deaf children.
    2. Training of suitable candidates to become teachers of sign language & literacy programs. The training of Sign Language Interpreters and the setting up of an interpreter service center in Rwanda.
    3. To develop Rwanda Sign Language. Utilizing knowledge of the native sign language and use of distinctive grammar.
    4. Produce a number of sign language books & a dictionary.
    5. Provide practical skills training and education for young deaf girls.
    6. Provide training opportunities for parents of deaf children, especially in respect of learning skills in sign language for better communication with their offspring.


Towards the realization of UNCRPD and towards the achievement of the EDPRS 11 and development goals, coalition advocacy will: Mobilize governments, international organizations, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders to support deaf community in Rwanda – translating commitments into concrete actions

Program Goal: Our Advocacy works primarily to change the social behavior of public leaders & decision-makers.

Program Objectives:

  1. Ensuring capacity for informed evidence based response for empowering deaf persons in Rwanda.
  2. Deaf People and their families have improved access to information and communication resources.
  3. Communication barriers for deaf people are reduced and/or eliminated.
  4. Deaf People and their families represent themselves in their respective communities.
  5. RNUD personnel are effective communicators and share information with all stakeholders including those who have communication difficulties in Rwanda.
  6. Self-advocacy is promoted at grass root level to promote sign language.


 Program Goal: To strengthen the ability of deaf persons, to make a viable living through increasing opportunities and wealth creation. With specific focus on skills for employability and entrepreneurship, microcredit as well as agribusiness.

 Program objectives  

  1. Better enabling environment for deaf community, especially women earn a viable living within social entrepreneurship innovations.
  2. To attain income security for deaf people, men/women & youth by enhancing their livelihood skills and access to markets, thereby ensuring profitable and sustainable income generating activities.
  3. Creating opportunities for young people to nurture entrepreneurial ability
  4. Working with education and vocational training centers to make deaf graduates more employable
  5. Engaging small businesses and major private sector firms to create jobs for deaf  youth
  6. Addressing stereotypes and traditional thinking that harms deaf youth chances.


Purpose of The Monitoring and evaluation system

The purpose of the monitoring system will be to monitor progress made in strategy implementation and in particular, the achievements made failures and constraints, as well as lessons learnt. The system will therefore not be restricted to end results alone i.e. the effects of interventions alone but must investigate all the main factors that cause changes. It will be undertaken to determine whether implementation of the strategy is leading to achievement of expected outcomes as well as the factors associated with them.

The M & E system contains goals, indicators and targets, defines processes and puts in place systems to track these indicators. It will also ensure that there are institutional systems and arrangements in place to integrate collection, analysis and dissemination to promote transparent feed back for all stakeholders. The monitoring and evaluation system will enhance the establishment of effective systems and procedures to guide the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the strategic plan. The M & E system will address the following:

  • Determination of progress in the implementation of planned activities and production of outputs
  • Systematic provision of information to stakeholders to enhanced continuous revision of design and implementation of the strategy
  • Measurement of the outcome and impact of activities, factors associated with outcomes and lessons learnt from each thematic area (program).


The following key objectives will govern the monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for the strategy:

  1. To assess progress in the implementation of planned activities and programmed products, towards realization of the objectives of the strategy.
  2. To systematically provide information between stakeholders as a management information system.
  3. To track changes in strategy outcomes periodically and hence inform an annual strategy reviews.


Quarterly, half yearly and annual progress reports on implementation of the strategy will be compiled by the RNUD and submitted to the RNUD board for review. Upon approval subject to observations, the reports will be shared with the membership by distributing the report; hard copies and also through the internet. The quarterly and half yearly reports will be compiled using administrative reports from RNUD as well as monitoring visits. For the annual reports however, an annual strategy review will be organized to review all reports compiled during the year and solicit feed back from members on implementation, progress, constraints and lessons learnt. A summary of all progress reports together with outcomes of the annual strategy review will constitute the annual report. Formats for quarterly and


RNUD (Rwanda)
P.O. Box 5810 Kigali, Rwanda
Plot KK 193 st, Kabeza – Kanombe Road
Close to Kabeza Market

Tel: (+250) 789139470/ (+250)788433444
Email: infornud2010@gmail.com

Rwandan NGO Registration Number: 69/05

Rwanda National Union of the Deaf (RNUD)