Raymond Ndamage is a founding member of Initiatives for Peace and Human Rights (iPeace). In August 2010, Raymond was elected Secretary General of iPeace.
Raymond has devoted countless hours of his career to providing free legal assistance to vulnerable and poor individuals. In close collaboration with Avocats Sans Frontieres (ASF-Belgium), Raymond prepared legal briefs for the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Additionally, Raymond has defended many minors in court and has provided free legal assistance to poor women facing issues of inheritance (succession) and gender-based violence.
Raymond has participated in several trainings and workshops related to Human Rights and Good Governance both in Rwanda and abroad. Between 2008 and 2010, Raymond attended trainings organized by Avocats Sans Frontieres that addressed topics such as Legal Assistance to Vulnerable Persons, Human Rights and Administration of Justice, and the International Criminal Justice System.
In term of peace-building, Raymond participated in the Course on Peacekeeping, Peace Building, Post Conflict Reconstruction and Reconciliation Processes for Civilian Personnel in Eastern and Central Africa, organized in 2009 by the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies in Dar-es-salaam (Tanzania). In February 2010, Raymond also participated in the Course on the Rule of Law, organized by the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center in Accra (Ghana).
Raymond holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB) from the National University of Rwanda (NUR). He is member of the Kigali Bar Association and the East African Law Society, where he specializes in litigation practices (penal and labor issues). Raymond is fluent in French and English as well as in Kinyarwanda, his native language.