The Inshuti z’Umuryango: The Volunteers Helping Keep Children Safe in Rwanda (Results Brief)

UNICEF, Rwanda National Child Development Agency

This brief presents the results of several assessments of the ‘Friends of the Family’ or ‘Inshuti z’Umuryango’ (IZU) initiative  in Rwanda. IZU was introduced in 2016 as part of national child protection system strengthening and care reform efforts. 

There are IZU in every district of Rwanda, with one female IZU and one male IZU selected per village. This frontline volunteer cadre was conceived as an innovative approach to decentralising the social workforce in Rwanda. 


Case Studies