Multi-Donor civil society support program in Rwanda

Projet terminé

The program aims at strengthening the capacity of Rwanda civil society to engage constructively with the Government on policy, planning and monitoring issues. It will improve a bottom-up dialogue and consultation mechanisms and promote the use of evidence in policy making for an effective implementation of the National Strategy for Transformation. The project is in line with Switzerland’s approach of fostering civic participation in Rwanda.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Droits de la personne
Participation démocratique et société civile
Droits de la personne (y compris droits des femmes)
01.01.2019 - 31.03.2022
CHF  1’800’000
Contexte Rwanda has achieved significant progress in rebuilding its governance system since the genocide of 1994 and registered considerable results in various socioeconomic strands. Despite the progress made, levels of the participation of civic actors in policy making processes and demand for accountability and transparency are still underdevelopped. The National Strategy for Transformation (NST2018-2024) considers strengthening accountability systems as a key enabling factor for delivering on its ambitious economic development targets. Yet, the civil society doesn’t have the required capacities to meaningfully engage with fast changing policy processes in a rather constrained political space context.
Objectifs Civil society and government stakeholders engage with one another more constructively to better address policy issues concerning accelerated growth, poverty reduction and social inclusion.
Groupes cibles Civil society organisations (CSOs), professional organisations, research organisations, private sector associations, Government authorities, public institutions like Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), public special commissions, Joint Action Development Forum (JADF).
Effets à moyen terme
  • Civil society and Government partners constructively engage on key issues concerning accelerated growth, poverty reduction and social inclusion, including specific needs of women and men.
  • Partners’ capacity to engage constructively and effectively on issues concerning accelerated growth, poverty reduction and social inclusion is cultivated
  • Mechanisms for consultation and accountability are strengthened to more effectively enable constructive engagement.
  • Research and learning is developed and used to support constructive engagement between Government and civil society.

Principaux résultats attendus:  

  • Technical and financial support to civil society and Government partners to identify and engage on key issues concerning accelerated growth, poverty reduction and social inclusion, including specific needs of women and men.
  • Varied support to civil society partners’ capacity cultivation in contextual analysis and inclusive parnership, organisational resilience and knowledge generation and use are strengthend
  • Rwandan mechanisms for consultation and accountability (e.g. JADF, issue-based policy dialogues etc.) are enhanced.
  • Research on identified governance issues is conducted and results utilised to strengthen engagement between civil society and Government for better inclusive policies.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

Over 30 civil society organisations, policy and research tanks supported to engage with Government on policy issues identified. Some key results include:

  • Revision of eligibility criteria for the Vision 2020 Umurenge Program leading to increased benefits for 13,000 households with people with disabilities.
  • Influencing the GBV prevention and response coordination between a variety of Government and non-state actors.
  • 58 facilitated dialogues in six districts, training of 1,638 district officials, leading to improved mainstreaming of reconciliation in district planning and budgeting, with some district budget allocations made.
  • 630 volunteers in 63 villages across 7 districts were supported to improve coordination of responses to gender-based violence.
  • Evidence provided through research on 4 key government policies affecting citizens and related policy advocacy.
  • Support for improvement of Joint Action Development (JADF) and Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) strategy initiated.

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
ONG internationale ou étrangère
Institution étatique étrangère
  • National State Institute North

Autres partenaires
Delegated cooperation agreement with DFID
Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs
  • Regional Governance
  • Transborder dialogue (Interpeace)
  • Regional media program
Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    1’800’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    1’663’430 Projet total depuis la première phase Budget de la Suisse CHF   1’870’000 Budget y compris partenaires de projet CHF   3’800’000
Phases du projet

Phase 2 01.01.2019 - 31.03.2022   (Completed)

Phase 1 01.01.2016 - 31.08.2019   (Completed)