The overarching goal of the RDRP Stage III is to contribute to consolidate peace and stability in the Great Lakes Region (especially in Rwanda and DRC) through the completion of the DDR process for the remaining Rwandan Armed Groups and the further reduction in size of the Rwandan Defence Forces.

 Four main objectives will be achieved through this intervention. These are

 Maintain capacity required for repatriation, demobilisation, reinsertion and reintegration of an estimated 5,500 members of Armed Groups and of up to 10,000 of their dependents.

Maintain capacity required for demobilisation, reinsertion and reintegration of up to 4,000 members of the RDF.

Maintain capacity required for completion of reintegration activities for Ex-combatants demobilized late in 2008.

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To ensure effectiveness and efficiency in attainment of the above objectives, the management and implementation mechanisms for the proposed programme will be reviewed to match to the remaining workload, while allowing for a process of systematic integration into mainstream planning and support within the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS) framework.

 Travel to the Community of Settlement: As part of the Basic Needs Kit, the TS  provides transport allowances in cash to enable ex-combatants to travel from the demobilisation centres to their chosen areas of return. Ex-combatants are encouraged to report to their respective local authorities within fifteen days of their departure from demobilisation centre

      Demobilisation of members of Armed Groups

The identification of members of the armed groups by RDRC is based on the eligibility criteria mentioned in the official national gazette.

Members of ex-armed groups are screened upon arrival at the DC, dependents/civilians are taken to UNHCR transit centres for repatriation to communities of return.


In the demobilization center, the key activities are undertaken:

 Verification and Registration,

 socio-economic profiling,

disowning combatants status, issue of demobilization ID,

medical screening and HIV/AIDS, voluntary counseling

and testing, and pre-demobilisation orientation program.

 Demobilisation figures

 Ex-Rwanda Defence Forces 45,277 includes 18,692 (stage 1) & 22,685 (stage 2) (100%), Stage 3, 3,910

9,411 Members of ex-AG including 790 child ex-combatants (49%).


Registration of ex-FAR and reinsertion and reintegration 12,969 (99%)