Rwanda has shown remarkable progress since the devastating genocide of 1994. The country is currently experiencing steady economic growth with an average of over 7% per year. Rwanda is ranked very highly as a place to do business and is working hard to attract international investment to promote economic growth. The Africa Competitiveness Report (2015) ranks Rwanda’s Global Competitive Index as 62 out of 144 countries. Rwanda benefits from having a clear vision for the future, so called the VISION 2020, launched in 2000, with a primary objective of transforming Rwanda into a middle-income country by the year 2020 and transitioning to a knowledge-based economy. The expected outcome of the vision is a united Rwanda that is competitive both regionally and globally.
The blueprint that guides the country’s development is the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS 2) which is currently in its second phase, being implemented from 2013/14 to 2017/18. The EDPRS2 pledges the creation of 200,000 off-farm jobs per year. In order to achieve this, a number of job creation initiatives have been carried out by government and development partners. Despite ambitious goals and the positive statistics surrounding doing business in Rwanda, many challenges remain. Rwanda generally suffers from a shortage of skilled labour while the majority of workers do not have decent jobs (as defined by the International Labour Organisation). There is a weak local capacity in country, as higher education and training ranks 117 out of 144.
With our focus on innovative entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education it is important to build partnerships that could have a genuine effect on the business enabling environment. As such we have in place strong partnership arrangements which include government agencies, private sector business support organizations, local NGOs and universities. Our partners in Rwanda are:
To learn more about the Cooperative Support Programme (CPS) in Rwanda, which builds the capacity of 100 agricultural cooperatives working in maize, beans, potatoes and horticulture, the Rwanda team devised this e-booklet. With informative videos, facts and figures, and stories of success, the e-booklet is your guide to agri-cooperatives in Rwanda.
Click here to read the e-booklet.
"I am now able to translate my plans into clear and realistic steps"
Member of Rwandan Cooperative
"I receive the support I need from fellow members "
"I aim to have a positive impact on farming communities "
"My business is providing jobs to dozens of young people"
"I keep my prices low so my products remain accessible "
"I hope to promote the capacity of Rwanda’s agriculture sector"
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