Our work in Rwanda

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Our work in Rwanda

Concern Worldwide has worked in Rwanda since the genocide in 1994. Our focus is currently on graduation programmes which support the extreme poor to lift themselves out of poverty. 

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Innovative approach

Rwanda is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa. It has a population of 12 million people with almost 40% living in poverty and 16% in extreme poverty. Officially one of the poorest countries in the world, Rwanda is ranked 159 out of 188 on the Human Development Index (2015). Despite recent improvements, chronic malnutrition remains a serious challenge. Our programmes in Rwanda employ innovative techniques and models, such as linking agriculture and nutrition, and applying the graduation model to help transform the lives of the extreme poor in Rwanda.

Concern Worldwide is implementing a programme to help people graduate out of poverty in Rwanda. Photo: Concern Worldwide.

Graduation model

We're working to help people in Rwanda earn a living. We're providing people with small monthly cash transfers for 18 months, along with counselling and business skills training. Our work on graduation is already showing promising results and is helping families to lift themselves out of poverty. Read more about the graduation model.

Health and nutrition

Our programme in Rwanda has helped to reduce child mortality by reaching almost 300,000 children under five years of age. Targeting 1.7 million people, the programme has treated children under five to reduce deaths due to malaria, diarrhoea, and pneumonia. 

Primary education 

We have worked with local communities and government officials to improve the quality of education and accessibility. This is done by supporting community involvement through parent-teacher committees. We have promoted literacy and positive changes in attitude and practices in relation to education by encouraging and promoting the involvement of parents and community members in primary education.

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