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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

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

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Implementing Partners (Beta) British Council (1) ¦ WYG International (2) ¦ Itad (2) ¦ DAI Europe (7) ¦ Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (1) ¦ Transparency International Secretariat (1) ¦ KPMG LLP (1) ¦ Oxford Policy Management (15) ¦ Overseas Development Institute (3) ¦ International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) (10) ¦ World Food Programme (WFP) (3) ¦ Department for International Development (3) ¦ Coffey International Development (10) ¦ Adam Smith International (7) ¦ United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) (4) ¦ 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) (3) ¦ United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) (1) ¦


Children supported by DFID in primary and lower secondary education

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Children completing primary education supported by DFID

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


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

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


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


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