Supporting communities to claim their rights is one of the most important aspects of ActionAid's work. That involves not only working with local groups directly but also connecting them with their governments so that their voices can be heard within a country's development agenda - so they can influence the decisions that affect them.
Nowhere can this work be seen better than in Rwanda, where we've been working since 1996.
On Tuesday (14th May), ActionAid Rwanda are proudly announcing their first Country Strategy Paper at a conference that is to be attended by the minister of agriculture and other senior government officials, members of civil society organisations, donors, partners and members of local rights groups that we work with.
It would be great if you tweet to everyone at the conference your message of support for the work they're doing, using the tweet-box above.
You can hear some of the amazing stories from our adventures working alongside these inspiring women by clicking on the PDF supplement 'Voices of Hope and Dignity for women smallholder farmers'. And if you want to read the strategy plan itself, you can do that too!
Working with women farmers like Alphonsine, 38 and mother of seven, is a crucial part of our work.
ActionAid International Rwanda has been part of the Rwandan post-1994 genocide reconstruction process, working through relief, rehabilitation and development programmes. We've continued to work in building community cohesion, developing and supporting new approaches to empower and inspire people - mainly the women, girls, youth and children of Rwanda - to act and claim their rights.
We work with rural communities to challenge the root causes of poverty, build their skills and increase their knowledge to identify solutions for lasting change impacting their lives.