Outcomes of CBSP

Add charts and an overview of the outcomes of the previous program

Program 2016-2018

The NGO Community Based Sociotherapy (CBS), aims at consolidating and sustaining the successes of the Community Based Sociotherapy Program 2014- 2016 (CBSP) and continuing to implement sociotherapy in areas where sociotherapy has already taken root, while extending its implementation to other areas in Rwanda and the region. Over the years, sociotherapy has proven to be very effective in terms of linking processes of healing and reconciliation; facilitating processes of building problem-solving capacity (for instance related to the payment of reparation fees assigned by Gacaca, family conflicts, and land conflicts); facilitating bottom-up socio-economic development; and ease community processes aimed to achieve gender equality. The successes of CBSP justify the consolidation, continuation and extension of its intervention for at least the next four years.


The objectives of the sociotherapy approach as introduced in Rwanda are: a) foster feelings of dignity, safety and trust among all people who are affected by war, genocide and their aftermath; b) reduce mental and social distress; c) capitalize on the vital human capabilities that enable individuals and the entire community to break through the obstacles that prevent living together in peace and facilitate processes of interpersonal and inter-group reconciliation; d) eliminate disturbed and delayed socio-economic development and e) break through the intergenerational transmission of trauma and violence. That brings us to the overall objective of this strategic plan, which is to contribute to psychosocial recovery from a history of political violence and social change for the promotion of sustainable peace across the generations.

The six major expected results are:

  • Increased psychosocial well-being (including peace-of-mind and dignity), interpersonal reconciliation and social cohesion among people in places/neighborhoods where sociotherapy is implemented.


  • Increased capacity and involvement of community members in addressing psychosocial issues affecting individuals and communities and a strengthened ability to support each other in the process of healing and reconciliation.


  • Sustainability of sociotherapy groups for the sake of their psychosocial and economic development.


  • Comprehensive knowledge of the methods applied within sociotherapy and the impact of the intervention.


  • Increased local and national awareness of the methods and effectiveness of sociotherapy resulting in the expansion of the program through existing institutions.


  • International recognition of the positive contribution that a program such as community-based sociotherapy can make to the process of transitional justice, which will facilitate the further development of sociotherapy programs in the Great Lakes Region and possibly other post-conflict countries.