Morita Postdoctoral Fellowship for Peace Action Research

Dr. Masahiro Minami

Morita Postdoctoral Fellowship for Peace Action Research

Dr. Minami started collaborating with local NGOs to foster healing, reconciliation and peace building in post-genocide/post-gacaca Rwanda after 2009. He developed and implemented the Action-Based Psychosocial Reconciliation Approach (ABPRA) to support interpersonal reconciliation processes between survivors and perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan genocide living in the same community.


About This Project

Dr. Minami received his Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in British Columbia, and is also a certified Morita psychotherapist registered with the Japanese Society for Morita Therapy in Japan. He is currently the Director for the Prison Fellowship Rwanda-Morita Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Research in Kigali, Rwanda.

Dr. Minami has been delivering this support in partnership with a local NGO and the Rwandan government for the past three years in two villages in Rwanda. His research has now moved from a pilot phase of field testing to a large scale evaluation. Dr. Minami’s next project, which is supported by the Morita Evaluation Research Grant, will employ rigorous and stringent scientific methodologies to evaluate the effectiveness of his approach. His pilot project in Rwanda generated invaluable information to us all, as human beings, in uncovering the key elements to war/conflict prevention and peace building. If his approach is effective, we could potentially have the world’s first evidence-based war/conflict prevention and peace building strategy that any international NGOs could adopt.

Project Contacts

  • Suzanne Scott, PhD
  • Assistant Dean Development & Alumni Engagement
  • Tel: 604.827.5213
  • suzanne.scott@ubc.ca
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