From Kigali to Kabul: The Role of Art in Post-Conflict Reconciliation

World Bank's blogger Uwi Basaninyenzi examines the creative sector as a facilitator for national reconstruction

In two recent blog posts Uwi Basaninyenzi, currently a Communications Associate with the World Bank's External Affairs Operational Communication department (EXTOC), explores the experience of Rwanda, a post-conflict society that is using art as part of its national reconciliation effort. In this earlier post she argued that Rwanda’s active support of cultural industries, including film, music, crafts, architecture and theater, among other art forms, has played a key role in its peace building efforts  in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide that killed nearly one million people. In a more recent post, she examines how the creative sector has helped facilitate national reconstruction efforts in another conflict zone: Afghanistan.

 

Rwanda's Artful Path Toward Peace: Cultural Industries and Post-Conflict Reconciliation - posted April 2012

From Kigali to Kabul: The Role of Art in Post-Conflict Reconciliation - posted October 2012

 

Source: World Bank - People, Spaces, Deliberation