Portrait: Christella Niyonzima
Christella Niyonzima (Burundi) is a young researcher and analyst on themes related to fragile peace contexts. She is a practitioner of Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding with gender as a cross-cutting theme.
As a political scientist and internationalist by training, Christella also holds a Master's degree in Peace and Governance from the Africa University of Zimbabwe. She currently works for Impunity Watch as a researcher and coordinator of the Gender and Transitional Justice Program. In her research work, she favours participatory and community-based approaches, focusing on the perceptions and experiences of the populations affected by the issues explored. She regularly shares her expertise and analyses in various forums in and outside Africa.
As a promoter of young researchers' initiatives, Christella has (co-)initiated various research projects, including the young political scientists' consultancy Amahoro Consulting Group-Research for Peace and Development.
She is the author of the article « Du désarmement à la réintégration des anciens combattants au Burundi. Une analyse sous les lentilles du genre », published in Conjonctures de l’Afrique centrale 2020.