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Created by potrace 1.10, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2011

About Rwanda

Since 2003, we have spent over EUR 4 million in cooperation with Rwanda. After a few years without project opportunities, Rwanda returned  to our list of partner countries in 2016 because of its enormous potential for university cooperation and the growing interest of Flemish and Rwandese institutions to work together.

The country programme 2017-2021 for Rwanda will be a kind of exploratory phase aiming at motivating researchers to submit project proposals.

Ongoing projects

Country Strategy

The country strategy for Rwanda fits the national development strategy 'Vision 2020', which indicates that the development of a knowledge-based economy is a top priority and which foresees a key role in this for higher education and research. The strategy identifies the following main themes for all future interventions in cooperation with Rwanda:

  • Food security. Subthemes: land degradation, soil management, land administration & policy, land rights, land registration, land conflicts, rural economies and infrastructure, family agriculture.
  • Natural resources management. Subthemes: natural & mineral resources, natural hazards, seismology, renewable energy.
  • Environment. Subthemes: urban and spatial planning, climate change, erosion.
  • Health. Subthemes: non-communicable diseases, patient-oriented health care, health, audiology, midwifery, nursing, occupational therapy, maternal and child health, ophthalmology, ageing (geriatrics), midwifery, link with social sciences: mental health, active ageing, psychiatric nurses, medicinal plants.
  • Human rigths and governance. Subthemes: human rights, political rights, land rights, gender, urban and spatial planning and development, conflict.

The country strategy identifies the following main transversal and cross-cutting themes:

  • Quality assurance and 'Train-the-trainer' approach, also linked to technical and vocational training
  • Data analysis and communication of its results
  • Good research and lab practices (incl. maintenance of equipment)
  • Statistics for research
  • Development of spin-offs
  • Digitalisation, database access and management.

The transversal and priority themes of the Belgian government (gender, environmental sustainability, digitalisation for development and human rigths approach) were also brought up and are taken into account within the clusters.  

Overview current partners