Centre Activities


PFR-Morita Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Research was established by Masahiro Minami (University of British Columbia PhD candidate), Bishop John Rucyahana (Chair, Rwanda National Unity and Reconciliation Commission), and Pastor Deo Gashagaza (Executive Director, Prison Fellowship Rwanda) in April, 2012. Research activities of the centre are funded and supported by the Mental Health Okamoto Memorial Foundation, Prison Fellowship Rwanda, University of British Columbia, Japanese Society for Morita Therapy, and Rwanda National Unity and Reconciliation Commission.

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Centre Mission and Activities

Centre Mission

PFR-Morita Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Research serves as a functional centre to:

  1. promote, facilitate and conduct research activities addressing field problems in post-genocide Rwanda; and
  2. disseminate evidence generated by the research;
  3. contribute to global peace work via public/academic education/dissemination; and
  4. training local reconciliators in the use of our methodology to conduct research and continue working with local residents participating in our program.
Activities and Services
The centre engages in 5 main activities:

  1. Research
  2. Liaison
  3. Education
  4. Consultation
  5. Fundraising/Grant Writing
The centre is currently conducting research in the following 4 domains:

  1. Psychological reconciliation process in post-genocide Rwanda
  2. Forgiveness process in post-genocide Rwanda
  3. Restorative justice process in post-genocide Rwanda
  4. Peace building process in post-genocide Rwanda
  5. Conflict mediation/resolution process
  6. Socioeconomic development process in post-genocide Rwanda and other East African countries

The centre is thoroughly committed to:

  • welfare, safety, human right and dignity of participants,
  • ethicality of research procedures,
  • fairness in research contracts/partnerships,
  • uses of professional and scientifically sound research methodologies, methods, measures, data analyses procedures, reliability and validity criteria, and data presentation strategies.

The centre aims to generate high quality, reliable, valid, informative, and field-problem-tied evidence bases.


The centre is open to liaise and collaborate with external researchers wishing to conduct research activities with local authorities and government.


The centre presents research findings with both domestic and international professional conferences.

The centre is committed to make research findings comprehensible and accessible to general public communities in need.

The centre is committed to serve preventive functions through professional as well as public educations on peace and conflict issues based on empirical data.


The centre provides consultation and advice to other organizations on research methodologies, methods, measures, data analyses and data presentation.

The centre provides consultation and advice to both governmental and non-governmental organizations on policy and service program development based on empirical data.

Fundraising/Grant Writing

The centre is committed to generate high-quality evidence and to utilize them to fund-raise and write grant requests for future research activities and PFR programs.