About UNDP in Rwanda

Rwanda is among eight pilot countries selected in January 2007 to implement the One UN Reform , which enables the UN System to provide a more effective and coherent response to the needs of the Government of Rwanda and its Development Partners. As part of the UN Country Team, UNDP works with other sister agencies to implement the “One UN – Delivering as One” process.

UNDP-Rwanda’s programmes and activities respond to the challenges facing the country to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Our assistance framework is guided by the United Nations Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP) 2013-2018, which is aligned with the priorities of the Government of Rwanda, as identified in the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS) and the Vision 2020 of Rwanda.

What do we want to accomplish?

UNDP's current priority is to help all countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, including the overarching goal of cutting extreme poverty in half. UNDP, using its worldwide network, is coordinating global and national efforts to reach these Goals.

The DaO System does not merge together all UN agencies operating in Rwanda in a single entity. Instead, all UN agencies work closely and jointly to ensure that operations are guided by strategic development objectives. Under the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) , the shared programming process maximizes the benefits of using agency-specific skills, individual agency’s comparative advantages and mandates.

Within the framework of Delivering as One UN in Rwanda, UNDP works closely with the Government, as well as with development partners and civil society, and all other UN agencies operating in the country in order to build institutional capacity and effect sustainable development. UNDP in Rwanda acts as the seat of the Resident Coordinator and performs an important coordinating role with all other UN agencies including the World Bank and the IMF.

The objective of this reform is to improve the impact, coherence, efficiency, and positioning of the UN System at country-level to better assist the Rwanda in achieving the MDGs, and to guide it to the fulfillment of the Vision 2020. The UN in Rwanda is now “results-driven” rather than “funding-driven”.