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Rwanda

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Between 2000 and 2010, the Rwandan economy 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. But there are challenges to overcome if this vision is to be achieved: 39% of the country’s population still live in poverty and over 30% 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.

Technology could allow this small landlocked country lacking in natural resources to grow its economy, increase exports and create jobs.

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“[The Institute] is different from others ... they don’t tell us what we want ... We take leadership and ownership and that is how a country like Rwanda, should work with their partners.

Claver Gatete Rwandan Minister of Finance

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. We have supported the government to connect 17% of households to the electricity grid since 2008, providing one million more people with power.

The Government of Rwanda and our team also developed a pioneering partnership called the Strategic Capacity Building Initiative (SCBI), which focusses on delivering the government’s priorities and training young Rwandans for future leadership roles. Last year the SCBI programme trained over 80 Rwandan public servants.

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