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.