Rwanda

Why are we in Rwanda? Since the 1994 genocide, where over 800,000 people were killed in a period of 100 days, Rwanda has made remarkable progress. Generally, peace and stability have been maintained within the country’s borders and there have been noted improvements in economic growth. However chronic malnutrition and poverty still exist in the poorest provinces in Rwanda.

Rwanda is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa

While Rwanda in recent years has moved 17 places up the Human Development Index ranking to 151 out of 187, the country continues to face significant challenges. 39% of the population are still living in poverty and 16% in extreme poverty. Chronic malnutrition also remains a serious challenge. We are currently implementing the Graduation programme, supporting extremely poor and vulnerable households to sustainably graduate from poverty. 

Latest achievements

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Gender equality

We supported the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign in Gisagara district through football games and delivery of key messages on gender-based violence prevention.

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Emergency response

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Supporting policy change

Damien Ntawiyanga and Síle Sammon with graduation beneficiaries Noel and Adeline Hanyurwuinfura with their 4-year-old son. Photo: Donna Ajamboakaliza / Concern Worldwide.
Damien Ntawiyanga and Síle Sammon with graduation beneficiaries Noel and Adeline Hanyurwuinfura with their 4-year-old son. Photo: Donna Ajamboakaliza / Concern Worldwide.
Rice fields in Gisagara District, Rwanda. Photo: Síle Sammon / Concern Worldwide.
Rice fields in Gisagara District, Rwanda. Photo: Síle Sammon / Concern Worldwide.
The typical hilly topography of the Gisgara District in Rwanda. Photo: Síle Sammon / Concern Worldwide.
The typical hilly topography of the Gisgara District in Rwanda. Photo: Síle Sammon / Concern Worldwide.
Concern Rwanda staff talk to beneficiaries of the Farmer Field Schools in Gishubi Sector, Gisagara District. Photo: Donna Ajamboakaliza / Concern Worldwide.
Concern Rwanda staff talk to beneficiaries of the Farmer Field Schools in Gishubi Sector, Gisagara District. Photo: Donna Ajamboakaliza / Concern Worldwide.
Children walk along the road in Gisagara District, Rwanda. Photo: Síle Sammon / Concern Worldwide.
Children walk along the road in Gisagara District, Rwanda. Photo: Síle Sammon / Concern Worldwide.

Newstalk country visit

The Rwandan genocide tore the African nation apart and saw over 800,000 people killed in just 100 days. Newstalk's Shona Murray visited Rwanda with Concern to meet those who lived through it and to see how they're rebuilding their lives. 

How we're helping Rwanda

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.

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