1. Share Experiences, Reflections, and Strategies: Share experiences, reflections, and strategies for enhancing the resilience of populations affected by mass violence worldwide around Resilio members but especially within the Rwandan context and the broader East African Community.
  2. Explore Cultural Resilience: Explore cultural resilience practices and approaches from diverse cultural contexts, with a focus on their applicability to the local contexts across the global.
  3. Collect Global Insights: Gather examples of practices and approaches from around the world, including World, the East African Community, and the Great Lakes region, that positively influence the development of resilience strategies.

The congress themes encompass a wide range of subjects, including the impact of resilience in the face of genocide, wars, ecological/natural disasters, pandemics, chronic adversity, and more. The congress is organized by the World Association for the Promotion and Dissemination of Research on Resilience (Resilio) with support from the Division of Mental Health at the Ministry of Health of Rwanda and the University of Rwanda in Kigali.

The World congress is open to researchers, practitioners and academicians interested in the field of trauma and resilience. Participants will be University students, researchers, community researchers, practitioners, policymakers and others from Rwanda and the global community. Over 500 participants are expected to attend the event.

Paper presentations

Scientific Papers and oral presentations working in the field of trauma and resilience will be presented during the congress.

Poster presentations

The congress will feature poster sessions with presentations from researchers and students speaking about their research and interacting with the scientific community.


Panels around key themes will create opportunities for experts to gather together to discuss key themes across the field of resilience and trauma. These sessions will be interactive with the audience.


More intimate sessions and discussions around focalized topics will be held throughout the event.

Social events

The 6th World Congress on Resilience will be a dynamic and engaging gathering, not only in terms of academic and professional discourse but also in fostering connections and cultural exchange. Social events will be thoughtfully integrated into the congress program, enriching the overall experience for participants.

Local Organizing Institutions:

  • University of Rwanda
  • Ministry of Health through Rwanda Biomedical Center
  • Interpeace
  • NGOs and civil society organizations

World Steering Committee:

  • University of Rwanda
  • Trois-Rivieres University (Canada)
  • Resilio World members
  • Rwanda Biomedical Center
  • Ministry of Civic Education
  • Interpeace International
  • Representation from World organizations operating in Rwanda and the East African Community.



  • Composed of the University of Rwanda and Rwanda Biomedical Center
  • Responsible for coordinating the activities of the sub-committees
  • Managing day-to-day activities related to the congress under the guidance of the Steering Committee.
  1. Eugene Rutembesa
  2. Colette Jourdan Ionescu
  3. Stefan Jansen
  4. Francine Julien Gauthier
  5. Darius Gishoma
  6. Joseph Kalisa
  7. Leon Mutesa
  8. Etienne Kimessoukie Omolomo
  9. Evelyne Bouteyre
  10. Clementine Kanazayire
  11. Michael Cantinotti
  12. Benjamin Alexandre Nkoum
  13. Réal Labelle
  14. Uwera K Claudine
  15. Jean Luc Brackelaire
  16. Kayiranga Dieudonee
  1. Eugene Rutembesa
  2. Stefan Jansen
  3. Kayitare Frank
  4. Joseph Kalisa
  5. Marie Jeanne Ntete
  6. Augustin Nshimiyimana
  7. Felix Banderembaho
  8. Clementine Kanazayire
  9. Kayiranga Dieudonné
  10. Alice Ishimwe
  11. Marie Claire Gasanganwa
  12. Umuziga Providence
  13. Izabayo Josias
  14. Kaze Eddy Kennedy

In conclusion, the 6th World Congress on Resilience promises to be a unique and vital platform for researchers and practitioners from around the world to explore the complexities of resilience, particularly in the context of trauma, and to seek innovative solutions for enhancing resilience capacities in vulnerable populations within the Rwandan context and the broader East African Community as well as the World community.

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