UNCDF in Rwanda

UNCDF in Rwanda

The Challenge

The Republic of Rwanda suffered heavily during the civil war in 1990 and the subsequent 1994 genocide. Although its economy is rebounding, food insecurity remains a significant problem, exacerbated by the high density of the population, of which some 90 percent are employed in subsistence farming. Rwanda’s 2013 Human Development Index gives the country a rank of 167 out of 187 countries.

How We Are Helping?

UNCDF is helping Rwanda meet its development challenges by promoting community empowerment through infrastructure development and service delivery. The Projet d’Appui au Développement Communautaire de Gicumbi et Rulindo (PADC/GR) aims to promote sustainable community development through better infrastructure and greater availability of basic services to the Gicumbi and Rulindo districts in the Northern Province. UNCDF is supporting the government in applying previously developed national guidelines for public expenditure management at the local level.

In Rwanda, UNCDF is also implementing its Gender Equitable Development (GELD) programme, which aims at strengthening local government’s capacities in gender planning and budgeting, and – in partnership with ICLD – the International Joint Training Programme to Strengthen Local Government in Support of Local Development in Southern and Eastern Africa, which aims at enhancing capacity of the local governments to support sustainable local development, poverty reduction and the achievement of the MDGs.

In inclusive Finance, Building an Inclusive Financial Sector in Rwanda (BIFSR), focuses on inclusive finance for rural and urban areas. Supported both by UNCDF and UNDP, the programme aims to strengthen capacities and establish a strong framework for the implementation of Rwanda’s national microfinance strategy.

Finally, two UNCDF global inclusive finance programmes are operational in Rwanda: the Least Developed Countries Fund for savings-led market leaders for inclusive finance (MicroLead), which aims to increase access to financial services for low-income populations in LDCs; and YouthStart, which aims to increase access to financial services for young people.

In Detail

Project

Projet d'Appui au Développement Communautaire de Gicumbi et Rulindo (PADC/GR)

Goal To promote sustainable community development through better infrastructure and greater availability of basic services.
How
  • Supporting the government in applying national guidelines for public expenditure management.
Period 2004-2011
Partners UNDP, Government, Belgian Fund for Food Security (BFFS), One UN Fund.
Total project cost and UNCDF contribution USD 9,293,776
USD 2,667,675
Progress
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Results (including scaling and policy impact)
Project

Gender Equitable Local Development (GELD)

Goal To support gender-responsive planning, programming and budgeting at the local level.
How
  • Offering capital investment grants for gender-responsive development; 
  • Empowering women and men to engage in a gender-sensitive way on development issues;
  • Supporting local governance authorities and institutions to deliver services in a gender-responsive way.
Period 2009-2012
Partners UNCDF, UN Women, Governments of Belgium and Austria.
Total project cost and UNCDF contribution USD 8,123,953
USD 7,848,000
Progress
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Results (including scaling and policy impact)
Project

International Joint Training Programme to Strengthen Local Government in Support of Local Development in Southern and Eastern Africa

Goal To strengthen Local Government in support of local development.
How
  • Providing training and mentoring to individuals and institutions.
Period 2011–2014
Partners UNCDF, Swedish International Center for Local Democracy (ICLD).
Total project cost and UNCDF contribution USD 1,970,130
USD 200,000
Progress
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Results (including scaling and policy impact)
Project

Building an Inclusive Financial Sector in Rwanda (BIFSR)

Goal To promote inclusive finance in rural and urban areas.
How
  • Strengthening capacities and establishing a strong framework for the national microfinance strategy.
Period 2009-2013
Partners UNCDF, UNDP.
Total project cost and UNCDF contribution USD 5,000,000
USD 2,000,000
Progress
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Results (including scaling and policy impact)
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MicroLead

Goal To increase sustainable access to client-centric financial services, particularly savings services, for low-income populations.
How
  • Providing grants and loans to savings-led Financial Service Providers and Technical Service Providers.
Period 2008-2017
Partners UNCDF, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The MasterCard Foundation, Governments of South Sudan, Liberia, Bhutan, Timor-Leste, Sierra Leone, Dem. Rep. of Congo, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Lao PDR, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Samoa.
Total project cost and UNCDF contribution USD 51,531,079
USD 7,871,850
Progress
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Project

Youthstart

Goal To increase access of Youth to financial services.
How
  • Providing funds and training in youth microfinance to Financial Service Providers.
Period 2010-2014
Partners UNCDF, The Mastercard Foundation.
Total project cost and UNCDF contribution USD 12,000,000
USD 200,000
Progress
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