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Rwanda has achieved significant progress since the devastating genocide of 1994. Poverty within Rwanda declined by 12% between 2005–06 and 2010–11. Yet 4.7 million people in Rwanda live below the national poverty line, of whom 2.5 million live in extreme poverty. Reliance on low income agriculture and agricultural wage labour makes the majority of poor people’s livelihoods very fragile. In July and December 2013, the UK agreed with the Government of Rwanda to reprogramme a total of £37 million general budget support into specific sectors using government systems. These funds have been released into the education, social protection and agriculture sectors to directly support some of the poorest people in Rwanda.

Top priorities

  • transformation from an agricultural economy to private sector-led growth
  • significantly improved services that deliver the MDGs
  • increased accountability of the state to citizens and empowerment of girls, women and the extreme poor
  • transition to more open and inclusive politics and enhanced human rights

Further resources

FCDO Operational Plan for Rwanda
Rwanda page on GOV.UK website

Note: This summary was written prior to the creation of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

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Children supported by FCDO in primary and lower secondary education

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Children completing primary education supported by FCDO

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Births delivered with the help of nurses, midwives or doctors through FCDO support

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Sectors groups as a percentage of country budgets according to the Development Assistance Committee's classifications.

Budget More information about project status

Project budget total by year approved at the project level to date.



Implementing Partners
Partner(s) Active Projects
British Council 1
WYG International 2
Itad 2
DAI Europe 9
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 1
Transparency International Secretariat 1
Oxford Policy Management 17
Overseas Development Institute 3
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) 4
Adam Smith International 4
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) 4
Coffey International Development 8
MannionDaniels 3
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 3
Crown Agents Limited 2
IMC Worldwide 4
Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) 2
AgDevCo 6
Palladium International Ltd (UK) 4
World Food Programme (WFP) 1
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) 1

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