East Africa

The Living Peace Institute (LPI), Promundo's strategic partner in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was founded in Goma in 2015. Living Peace is an initiative that works to prevent violence in post-conflict settings through evidence-based psychosocial support and group education for men and their partners, coupled with community campaigns and outreach. LPI leads the initiative and its expansion in the North and South Kivu provinces of DRC. The East Africa team is a separately registered NGO (Living Peace Institute), and a member of the Promundo Global Consortium.


Aloys Mahwa

Aloys Mahwa is Promundo’s Living Peace Project Director in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He manages Living Peace implementation activities in North and South Kivu, playing a key role in coordinating stakeholder working sessions and Living Peace Institute activities, documenting and building upon the program’s lessons learned and best practices, supervising monitoring and evaluation of the initiative, and managing the allocation of Living Peace resources. Aloys joined Promundo after five years of experience working with USAID to support Rwandan health financing initiatives, including: resource mobilization strategies, community initiatives and approaches for health financing, situational analysis, and development of policies and strategic plans. Aloys holds a master’s degree in Project Management and Anthropology and a master’s degree in Managerial Economy from the Catholic University of Central Africa, and he holds a BA in Philosophy from Jesuit Faculties of Paris.


Benoit Ruratotoye

Benoit Ruratotoye is the Director of Research and Training at the Living Peace Institute in Goma, Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He partners with Promundo to implement Living Peace approaches and methodologies across the African Great Lakes region (DRC, Rwanda, and Burundi). For more than 20 years, Benoit has taught psychology and mental health courses at the University of Rwanda, College of Medicine and Health Sciences. He has been instrumental in conducting psycho-social, peace-building, gender, and conflict resolution-related research both regionally and internationally. He has also worked with other organizations in the Great Lakes region of Africa to coordinate gender-based violence prevention and mental health programs. Benoit holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology from the Paris 8 Saint Denis University in France.


Simon Kanyaruhago

Simon Kanyaruhago is a Living Peace Provincial Coordinator with Promundo. He is currently responsible for the implementation of Living Peace in South Kivu to engage men as allies in gender-based violence (GBV) prevention in eastern DRC. His tasks include coordinating and liaising with, and providing logistical support to, local NGO and civil society organization partners to tackle the root causes of GBV. Simon also plays a key role in the management of budgets and expenses, as well as monitoring program activities. Prior to working with Promundo, Simon coordinated and provided technical assistance in key technical areas including strategic planning, program design, research, and monitoring, and evaluation while working with USAID and the German Development Cooperation. Simon holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.


Emmanuel Kanuma

Emmanuel Kanuma is a Living Peace Program Coordinator with Promundo. He is responsible for the implementation of Living Peace in North Kivu, engaging men as allies in violence prevention in eastern DRC. He monitors the implementation of the Living Peace program in the province, including oversight of program timetables and documentation of results. He also coordinates and liaises with local NGO partners and represents Living Peace at key events and meetings. Emmanuel previously worked as IRC's Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Project Coordinator in South Kivu, where he was responsible for the implementation, monitoring, and management of the GBV program. As GBV Project Coordinator, he ensured that well-designed, appropriate interventions met the needs of GBV survivors and affected communities. Emmanuel holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology from Wits University.



Charles Kigungu Bongwa

Charles Kigungu Bongwa is Communication and Advocacy Officer at the Living Peace Institute (LPI) in Goma, Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He coordinates the publication of content online and through social networks. He is also responsible for developing strategies for disseminating LPI's work to the media. Before joining LPI, Charles worked as a supervisor at the Volcanological Observatory of Goma and as an Expert Consultant in Communication at the Center for Research on Environment, Democracy and Human Rights. He also holds experience as a journalist, reporter, producer, and editor-in-chief at Tayna Community Radio and Television. Charles received his Bac + 5 in Economic and Social Law at the University of Goma before specializing in Communication and Advocacy at the Kasugho University for Nature Conservation and Development (TCCB-UCNDK) where he worked for more than six years in prevention, peaceful resolution of conflicts, promotion of gender and human rights, and sustainable environmental management.