RIGDPR History 

The Regional Institute of Gender, Diversity, Peace and Rights (RIGDPR) was born as a women’s studies unit in 1986 which led to the creation of the Gender and Development Institute in the year 2000, mainly in charge of the teaching of gender studies and development studies at undergraduate and post-graduate level. A Ph.D. Programme in Gender and Development Studies was also launched in 2001.

In 2008, it launched a master in Gender and Peace Studies. Two more Master Degrees (Gender and Governance, and Gender, Migration and Multicultural Studies) are now offered, and many research projects, advocacy activities, teaching and training programmes are currently held at the RIGDPR.

In 2010, with the financial and institutional support of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and Ahfad University for Women (AUW) it was upgraded to become the Regional Institute of Gender, Diversity, Peace and Rights (RIGDPR). The RIGDPR aspires to become one of the leading institutions in Africa and the Arab world dedicated to achieving peace, gender equality, management of diversity and respect for human rights, with special emphasis on women’s empowerment and leadership, in order to change society and bring about a better quality of life.


RIGDPR aspires to create a society where women and men are viewed and treated equally and are fully respected, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic and political background, and to create conditions in which all live in peace, dignity, and their rights are protected and respected in a society free from all forms of abuse and violations.•Formerly known as the Institute for Gender and Development, RIGDPR has grown to become one of the leading institutes in the region.

  • We are  the hub for engendering human resources needed by the society and the market through our various undergraduate, masters and doctoral courses and degrees which are paid for either privately by students or through donor contributions.
  • We sustain ourselves also by being a resource for different partners including the government, UN agencies, and regional institutes, in undertaking research, capacity building programs and other various activities.



Vision, Mission & Objectives Research Activities Civic Engagement  Staff