What We Do

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 its own short and long term goals such as EDPRS (Economic Development an Poverty Reduction, vision2020...) as well as global goals such as the SGDs (Sustainable Development Goals)

Our Goals

UNDP provides development support in three major areas of expertise and practice together with the area of Millennium Development Goals: Poverty Reduction and Environment, Democratic Governance and Peace Consolidation, Aid Coordination. It is also UNDP Rwanda's mandate to insure equal development to all segments of the people. It therefore is in its core values to promote and protect women rights. FindMore

Our Main Focus Areas

Poverty Reduction, Environment and Energy, and Democratic Governancemore

Our Stories

 Community work supports HIV positive women
In Rwanda Antiretroviral treatment covers 70% for people in need
A Community Network to support HIV-positive Women

The UN in Rwanda works with the National AIDS Coordinating Council and other partners to help HIV positive Rwandans get the care they need, as well as to prevent mother to child transmission. With the combined efforts of the UN and Rwandan officials, there is evidence that a significant improvement in HIV/AIDS treatment is occurring. Access to antiretroviral treatment for persons living with HIV now covers about 70% of those in need. more 

 Safety in a number: Survivors of Gender-based Violence have a place to call and go for support
GBV survivors
Safety in a number: Survivors of Gender-based Violence have a place to call and go for support

As part of its work in promoting good governance, UNICEF, UNIFEM and UNDP have, through the One UN Programme, helped to revise and promote laws, such as the Gender Based Violence Bill, which was passed by Rwandan parliament. The bill works to both define GBV, as well as prevent it with educational campaigns and punishments for violators.more 

 mobile banking in Rural Rwanda
Vestine Nyirabarame, a beneficiary of the mobile banking system in rural Rwanda
Mobile Phones Empowering the Rural Poor through Mobile Banking

Mobile phones are as numerous in Rwanda as the beautiful panoramic views of its famous “Thousand Hills”. This was all the more confirmed as Vestine Nyirabagande, Urwego Opportunity Bank’s (UOB) client, sat with a mobile phone on her lap. She laughed when asked how many of her neighbors have mobile phones. “I don’t think there is anyone in this area who doesn’t have a mobile phone!” she said. Business people, like Vestine, in rural areas are already recognizing the ease and convenience of Mobile Banking. more 

 An Environment-Friendly Pilot Village to Revolutionize National Environment Protection and Poverty Reduction
An Environment-Friendly Pilot Village to Revolutionize National Environment Protection and Poverty Reduction

In 2010, it all seemed surreal to 26 year-old Muhawenimana Solange, when her siblings and herself were offered to be housed in the newly established 1st Pilot Village of the Poverty and Environment Initiative. Two years on, the life of Solange and her siblings has taken on a drastic optimistic turn. Solange is an orphan with six siblings in her care. Both their parents were victims of the 1994 Tutsi Genocide, which has forced them to live in an orphanage and then with relatives, before living together in 2005. more 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Decentralization and Environment Management Project (DEMP) phase II

    This project summarises the proposal for a second phase of the Decentralisation and Environmental Management Project (DEMP), to be implemented over the period of 5 years (2008-2013). The project herein referred to as DEMP II, follows the end of phase I, and seeks primarily to build on the successes of the just ended phase in order to consolidate the achievements within the project area and scale-up some of the success initiatives to other areas:more 

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