On June 27th 2021, The International Rwanda Youth for Development (IRYD) finally launched its Diversity in Business Workshops Series. After this first workshop, we are excited to continue this financial education journey until Fall 2021. IRYD will continue to educate youth aged 18-39 on financial topics to promote positive inclusion and participation in the Canadian economy.
Due to Covid-19, the event was held virtually where participants had a chance to ask and share opinions and ask questions in the comfort of their own homes.
The workshop was presented by Me. Larry Markowitz, a corporate lawyer, financial communications expert and investor. We thank Me. Markowitz for his insighful introductory presentation on Personal Branding and Personal Finance. We also thank participants for active participation in our first workshop.
Report by Sheila Pelami, administrative assistant, IRYD Canada
IRYD, its Co-Founder and Made in Rwanda Online Nominated for 2017 Youth Connekt Champion Awards (YCC) & Young Rwandan Achievers Awards (CYRWA)
Kigali, Rwanda | Last updated: Thursday, December 7, 2017 11:29 PM GMT
The International Rwanda Youth for Development (IRYD) is pleased to announce it has been nominated for three (3) awards at this year’s YouthConnekt Champions (YCC) and Celebrating Young Rwandan Achievers Awards (CYRWA). In addition for IRYD’s nomination as a youth organization connecting young Rwandans around business topics, its Co-Founder Moses Gashirabake received several nominations as a Young Rwandan Achiever for his leadership. Made in Rwanda Online Limited, a company started by Co-Founder Jaures Habineza to connect merchants selling Rwandan-made products to consumers globally using technology also received multiple nominations. The awards are co-sponsored by Imbuto Foundation and the Rwanda Ministry of Youth.
The award ceremony will take place on Friday, December 8, 2017 at the Kigali Convention Centre. IYRD Co-President, Jaures Habineza and IRYD friend Stella Mucyo (on behalf of Co-President Moses Gashirabake), will attend the award Gala dinner in Kigali, Rwanda.
For the past 10 years, Imbuto Foundation, an organization founded by First Lady of Rwanda H.E. Mrs. Jeannette Kagame, has been awarding Rwandan youth with exceptional talents and accomplishments through its biennial Celebrating Young Rwandan Achiever Awards (CYRWA). This year, the Rwanda Ministry of Youth and Imbuto Foundation have partnered to celebrate the accomplishments of exceptionally-talented young Rwandans in the age category of 18 to 35. Also to be awarded are “enterprises and organizations that have intentionally steered their activities, focus, resources and determination towards uplifting youth from capacity, mindset change, poverty and unemployment,” according to Imbuto and the Rwandan Youth Ministry.
Reacting to this news, Co-President Jaures Habineza, also managing the nominated startup company of Made in Rwanda Online Limited, stated that “this is great news for IRYD and Made in Rwanda Online.” Mr. Habineza has been instrumental in setting-up IRYD’s social roots in Rwanda. He is currently in Kigali, Rwanda creating strong foundations for his passion business, Made in Rwanda Online Limited. “We are humbled that our efforts to connect young Rwandans over development and business-oriented conversations, are being recognized. It’s a call to do more,” said Co-President Moses Gashirabake from Canada.
Earlier today, the Head of the Rwanda High Commission to Canada, H.E. Mrs. Shakilla Umutoni met with Moses Gashirabake to inform him of his nomination. Out of over 2000 nominations, 10 Young Rwandan Achievers will be selected from 30 finalists. Mrs. Umutoni stated the Rwandan mission to Canada was elated to learn of nominations going to young Rwandans in Canada. Gashirabake and Umutoni also had a chance to further discus future collaborations and continued good relations to continue stimulating the success of Rwandans in Canada.
Since 2015, IRYD has collaborated with the Rwandan Government through its High Commission in Canada, the Rwandan Community Abroad (RCA) Canada, the Canadian Association of Rwandan Youth (CARY), key private sector players such as Equity Bank Rwanda and civil society to co-host the inaugural Rwanda Global Youth Convention in Montreal (2015), Rwanda Women Convention in Montreal (2016) and recently the Rwanda Youth Convention in Edmonton (2017). Over the past two years, inspiring young Rwandan entrepreneurs such as Louis Antoine Muhire of Mergims Limited, Moses Mutabaruka of TAP Magazine, Hubert Hategekimana of the International Third World Leaders Association (ITWLA), Sandrine Murengerantwali of Vivo Cuore Foundation and others have engaged with IRYD to inspire their peers to see themselves as job creating entrepreneurs rather than job seekers.
About Imbuto Foundation
Literally translated Imbuto [eem-bu-to] means ’seed’. “A seed well planted, watered, nurtured and given all the necessary support successfully grows into a healthy plant – one that reaches high and stands tall. Imbuto Foundation envisions this for all its current initiatives, and those in the future.” – First Lady and Chairperson of Imbuto Foundation, Mrs. Jeannette Kagame.
The International Rwanda Youth for Development – IRYD (‘I Ride’) is an independent youth forum on the development of Rwanda. Based in Montreal (QC), with a chapter in Edmonton (AB), Canada, and open to the world, IRYD provides an avenue for Rwandan youth, Rwandan and Canadian leaders, the Rwandan Community Abroad and friends of Rwanda across the globe to discuss issues, propose solutions and implement resolutions on the development of Rwanda. IRYD is formally registered as a non-profit organization in the province of Quebec, Canada.
Founded by Moses Gashirabake and Jaures Habineza in 2015, IRYD’s main mission is to continue to stimulate the involvement of fellow Rwandan youth and friends in the development of Rwanda and host countries. By engaging Rwandan youth and their leaders in development-oriented topics, IRYD aims to inspire over 10,000 young people to start businesses in Rwanda and host countries on the year’s heading to vision 2030 and contribute through other ways in social and economic development.
The founders became even more convinced following their December 2014 visit to Rwanda, where they met with and were directly inspired by H.E. President Paul Kagame’s focus on youth and the role they can play in economic development through entrepreneurship.
The IRYD team is currently composed as follows:
Moses Gashirabake – Co-President & Sponsorship Director
Jaures Habineza – Co-President & Marketing Director
Doriane Kundwa – Vice President & Director of Public Relations
REGIONAL DIRECTORS AND ADVISORS
Julienne Umuhoza – Director & Advisor, Calgary
John Kanimba – Director & Advisor, Edmonton
Justin Afadhali – Director & Advisor, Edmonton
Michelle Rugamba – Montreal
Fidela Ngabonziza – Kigali
About Made in Rwanda Online Limited
Made in Rwanda Online is an online marketplace that sell made in rwanda products online and ship them to your location via your choosen delivery services.
IRYD’s executive team, board members, and friends thank the Rwanda Ministry of Youth and Imbuto Foundation for the support.
Past YouthConnekt Champions (YCC) and Celebrating Young Rwandan Achievers Awards (CYRWA):
First Lady Mrs Kagame’s remarks at YouthConnekt Champions and CYRWA2015 Awards | Kigali, 11 Dec 2015
Moses Gashirabake in Morocco with a Québec delegation to the African Youth Leadership Summit
Marrakech, Morocco | Last Updated: September 20, 2017 5:01 PM EDT
The International Rwanda Youth for Development (IRYD) is pleased to announce Moses Gashirabake is part of a Logiq Québec delegation to the African Youth Leadership Summit (AYLS) in Morocco. The AYLS will take place on September from 21-25, 2017 in Marrakech.
Under the theme ”sustainable development goals will only succeed if they succeed in Africa,” the meeting will bring together over 500 high level international delegates and influential speakers from across the continent and the globe. International leaders are expected to converge in Morocco’s former historic imperial city and economic hub of Marrakech.
About the African Youth Leadership Summit (AYLS)
The AYLS is a three-day summit focusing on the core challenges encountered by youth leaders. By means of “a competitive screening process. AYLS brings a diverse group of young delegates from the whole continent together with distinguished experts, innovators, and leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors for a journey of collective exploration, reflection, and networking. The summit aims to nurture a common space for inter-generational dialogue and knowledge sharing by exposing local, national, and global problems through effective leadership training.”
The International Rwanda Youth for Development (IRYD) is an independent youth forum on the development of Rwanda. Based in Montreal (QC), with a chapter in Edmonton (AB), Canada, and open to the world, IRYD provides an avenue for Rwandan youth, Rwandan and Canadian leaders, the Rwandan Community Abroad and friends of Rwanda across the globe to discuss issues, propose solutions andimplement resolutions on the development of Rwanda. IRYD is formally registered as a non-profit organization in the province of Quebec, Canada.
IRYD Co-President Jaures Habineza Launches 100% Innovative Made in Rwanda Online e-Commerce Website
Kigali, Rwanda and Montreal, Canada | Last Updated: June 13, 2017 11:44 AM EDT
Jaures Habineza, IRYD Co-President and CEO of Made in Rwanda Online announced the official launch of an international e-commerce platform to sell Rwandan-made products and services. The website found at www.madeinrwanda.online is also 100% made in Rwanda by a dynamic group of young Rwandan programmers. The new website is expected ”to serve as an online Rwandan and international marketplace” that will connect sellers, manufactures and consumers in Rwanda and around the globe.
”Beyond promoting and selling made in Rwanda products, the web platform is a hub for innovation, creation and employment for Rwandan youth,” Moses Gashirabake, Co-President of IRYD said following the launch. ”We shall do everything to support Jaures’ initiatives as they are in line with the many reasons he and I co-founded IRYD; to stimulate the creation of innovative small and medium-sized enterprises among Rwandan youth at home and abroad,” Moses added.
Made in Rwanda Online is a fully interactive space and gives better access to many categories of products and promotions. Jaures stated that ”current and prospective clients will find useful information about Rwandan-made products and services and recent products on the homepage.” Among many features, ”the site contains integrated social media buttons for Facebook, Twitter, and Google plus to foster improved communication with our clients” Jaures added. Made in Rwanda Online will constantly update content with more products helpful information, articles, blogs, newsletters, company announcements and client successes in the testimonials section and the Made in Rwanda Online Magazine.
For questions, suggestions, feedback or comments, you may reach out to Made in Rwanda Online via firstname.lastname@example.org and their dedicated team will respond to you.
We at IRYD congratulate our Co-President Jaures and wish him nothing but good fortune.
Prime Minister Trudeau’s International Development Policy Advisor Meets with IRYD co-Presidents
Ottawa, Canada | Last Updated: May 24, 2017 11:34 AM EDT
On Tuesday 23 May 2017, co-presidents of the International Rwanda Youth for Development (IRYD) Jaurès Habineza and Moses Gashirabake were received in a meeting at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office in the Langevin Block. Jaurès and Moses met with Julie Savard-Shaw who currently serves as policy advisor on international development to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Meeting discussions covered a future partnership with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), topics on minority youth development, women youth empowerment and the upcoming G7 Summit which will be hosted by Canada.
On youth, a future collaboration partnership would involve the PMO in upcoming IRYD initiatives such as the Symposium on Business and Diversity and the Rwanda Global Youth Convention (RGYC). These initiatives were deemed to be in line with the PMO’s focus on engaging all Canadians, supporting young entrepreneurs and reducing youth unemployment. Furthermore, the collaboration would increase participation of Rwandan-Canadians and their friends in Rwanda’s and Canada’s socio-economic development.
On women youth empowerment, the PMO took the prerogative to state it would involve IRYD in reaching out to stakeholders. This will be in line with PM Trudeau’s announcement on International Women’s Day that the federal government plans to spend $650 million over three years for international sexual and reproductive health projects. Our next initiatives on youth women empowerment will involve close collaboration by the PMO and our IRYD Vice President and Director of Public Relations, Miss Doriane Kundwa.
As a youth organization focused on involving Canada in empowering youth from a developing nation, IRYD will be invited to participate in consultations for the upcoming G7 Summit which will be hosted by Canada in 2018. The May-June 2018 G7 Summit will see issues relating to youth civic participation and jobs growth discussed. IRYD will be presenting a white paper highlighting policy positions on issues affecting minority young Canadians to the PMO in the coming few months.
The meeting resolved IRYD will be liaised with Prime Minister’s Policy Advisor on Youth to begin the process of a formal partnership. Please stay tuned for upcoming announcements relating to this partnership and future collaborations.