Archive: June, 2012

New publication: Conducting Fieldwork in Rwanda

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

The new issue of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies has just been released, and includes my research note on “Conducting Fieldwork in Rwanda.” This piece is a response to a common question posed by graduate students and first time researchers to Rwanda: How does someone go about acquiring formal government approval to conduct fieldwork?

The process of applying for government permission to conduct fieldwork in Rwanda is lengthy and expensive, and takes place independent of any institutional review researchers and graduate students might complete at their host institutions. My fieldnote attempts to concisely outline the process, from acquiring a country partner, to passing through the Rwanda National Ethics Committee approval process, to acquiring the final research permit from the Ministry of Education. Depending on the research question being investigated, researchers may also be required to apply for additional letters of support from other Rwanda-based agencies, such as the Ministry of Justice or the Ministry of Health.

Nonetheless, this fieldnote contains the basic information researchers will need to get the process started, as well as appendices containing links to relevant websites and contacts within the Rwandan government. The information is up-to-date as of June 2012, and will hopefully promote more ethical and collaborative research projects in Rwanda.


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