Poverty Reduction

Rwanda’s latest data release in 2011 shows enormous improvement in the living standards of citizens over the past five years, and progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - eight internationally-agreed goals aimed at reducing poverty and improving education, health, gender equality and environmental sustainability by 2015. Between 2006-2011, Rwanda has posted an average annual growth of real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 8.4 percent, driven mainly by higher productivity in the agricultural and industrial sectors.

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Importantly, the poor have benefited most from this growth spurt. The Government of Rwanda has developed their own homegrown initiatives in order to tackle poverty at the most local level. The “one-cow-per-family” programme, for example, provides families with milk for consumption and what is left over is sold for profit, improving nutrition and income at the household level. more

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Pro poor Campaigns

Homegrown Initatives to benefit the poor have been developed in order to tackle poverty at most local level

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Projects and Initiatives

Joint Youth Program Project in Rwanda

The overall objective of the JYP is to create a conducive environment that advocates for the protection of youth rights and that helps to meet youth’s basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential more

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Rwanda Poverty and Environment Initiative

Creating Value for All - Strategies for Doing Business with the Poor

This report focuses on what the private sector can do to include the poor in business as consumers, employees and producers. Building on UNDP’s track record of advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life, the report starts with the markets of the poor.

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