USAID is giving young people the skills they need to start successful businesses and build their futures
USAID supports the creation of equitable policies and programs that ensure land rights for women and mitigate conflict
USAID provides innovative learning materials to give students a solid foundation of literacy in both Kinyarwanda and English
USAID addresses child malnutrition by promoting feeding practices like breastfeeding
USAID supports improvement of Rwanda’s dairy sector with training and equipment to produce safer and higher quality milk.
Rwanda is a small, landlocked country with the highest population density in Africa and remains one of the world’s poorest countries. However, much has changed in Rwanda since the 1994 genocide. Today, the Government is committed to making Rwanda a middle-income country by 2020, a plan enshrined in its Vision 2020 plan. Data across sectors suggest the country is actively moving toward their goal. For example, between 2006 and 2011, poverty dropped markedly – from 56.7 percent to 44.9 percent– and GDP per capita almost doubled to $540 over the same period. The poverty rate in 2014 was calculated at 39 percent.This progress has been credited in large part to strong agriculture sector growth. Rwanda’s 2015 Demographic and Health Survey has reported similar positive trends: between 1990 and 2015, the country has reduced the under-five child mortality rate by two-thirds and achieved an extraordinary 85 percent decline in maternal mortality. The survey also reports that 93 percent of children aged 12-23 months are fully vaccinated against major childhood diseases.
Rwanda’s progress is remarkable and USAID is working closely with the government, civil society, private sector and communities to build on this progress and address remaining challenges in health, economic growth, education and democracy and governance.
Last updated: September 28, 2016