Join us for a presentation by FCDO Development Director, Anna Wilson, who will share insights on UK’s development support priorities for Rwanda and how these align to the UK government’s International Development Strategy.
We are delighted to announce the next in our series of sessions with FCDO Development Directors who are sharing more in-depth insights and understanding of their respective countries’ development priorities. This follows on from the International Development Strategy, which sets the direction for all of the UK government’s development work and aims to draw on expertise from the private sector, civil society and academia to advise and challenge on implementation.
Join us as we host Anna Wilson, the Development Director in Rwanda for the FCDO who will present the Government’s development priorities and programming for Rwanda.
Rwanda has seen impressive development gains since the civil war and the 1994 genocide. With a population of 13 million people, Rwanda is a landlocked country bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi.
The development progress of Rwanda has been since threatened by a poor nutrition, learning loss from school closures, and too few health services. Nonetheless, Rwanda aspires to achieve a Middle Income Status by 2035through their series of 7-year National Strategies for Transformation which is focused on meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (World Bank).
Rwanda’s public-sector led model in development has many limitations, with their heavy reliance on public investments leading to significant fiscal deficits (World Bank) and this increased with the onset of the pandemic. Therefore, the private sector is set to play an important role in ensuring for the country’s economic growth.
According to the FCDO Development Tracker, the top priorities for Rwanda include transforming their agricultural economy to private sector-led growth; improve services that deliver against the Millennium Development Goals; increasing accountability of the state to empower women, girls and the poor; transition to open and inclusive politics.