Rwanda, where AGI’s work began in 2008, is one of Africa's success stories. After the horrific events of the 1994 genocide, the country has seen dramatic progress. Between 2000 and 2010, it was one of the ten fastest growing economies in the world. Since 2006, inequality has fallen and 1.7 million Rwandans have lifted themselves out of poverty.
The Rwandan government aims to become a middle income country by 2020, as set out in its Vision 2020 strategy. But there are challenges still to overcome if this vision is to be achieved: 39% of the country’s population still live in poverty and over 40% of the national budget is funded by donors. A vibrant private sector is needed to create sustainable growth and job creation to meet the needs of a growing youthful population.
The AGI and Government of Rwanda funded team support the systems and structures of effective government in Rwanda, so that the lives of 5 million Rwandans who live in poverty can be improved. Our teams have worked within the Presidency, the Prime Minister’s Office, the National Capacity Building Secretariat (NCBS) and the Ministries of Finance, Agriculture and Infrastructure. The Government of Rwanda and our team also developed a pioneering partnership called the Strategic Capacity Building Initiative (SCBI), which is focussed on delivering the government’s priorities and training young Rwandans for future leadership roles.