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Closure of the Rwanda Uganda Border and the Delay in Seasonal Rainfall Affects the Business Climate

The Business Climate Index (BCI) declined by more than eleven basis points from 107.02 in the previous quarter (October-December 2018) to 95.61 in the current quarter (January-March 2019). The above changes were largely driven by deterioration in pe…

Stories of Change: Rwanda: Understanding how Rwanda Created an Enabling Environment for Improvements in Nutrition and the Challenges that Remain

Understanding the context-specific causes of child malnutrition, including those related to political commitment and program and policy coherence, is essential for effectively reducing the prevalence of nutrition-related problems such as stunting an…

Strengthening Participation of Civil Society Organisations in National Evaluation Systems: Insights from Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Ghana

Recent diagnostic studies unpacked the current status of a National Evaluation System (NES) in five partner countries, in order to determine the most appropriate interventions for strengthening evaluation systems in targeted countries. This work hig…

G20 Compact with Africa: Consolidating and Accelerating Rwanda's Transformation Agenda

Rwanda harnessed the G20 Compact with Africa (CwA) initiative as a framework to accelerate and consolidate its economic transformation agenda in line with the country’s Vision 2050. The CwA will enable Rwanda to develop its infrastructure, grow the …

Traditional Transitional Justice Mechanisms - Lessons from Africa

Transitional justice is widely accepted as a process for countries to employ when transitioning from authoritarian rule or armed conflict to democracy and in their quest to address legacies of systemic violence and human rights violations. As defi…

Averting Proxy Wars in the Eastern DR Congo and Great Lakes

The Great Lakes region is increasingly on edge. Distrust is rife among Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda, all of which have connections to insurgents in the eastern DRC. President Tshisekedi’s emphasis on regional peacemaking deserves applause and his coop…

Active Ghosts: Nil-filing in Rwanda

Nil-filing refers to taxpayers who report zero on all fields of their tax declaration. It is a largely ignored phenomenon in the tax literature, despite being well known to tax administrators. There is almost no evidence on the characteristics of …

Strengthening the Urbanisation and Development of Secondary Cities in Rwanda

This policy brief seeks to address key socioeconomic and governance challenges of driving secondary city development across funding and planning ministries, line ministries, and local government. With the scarcity of resources, various stakeholders …

Developing Rubavu District: Findings from a Multidimensional Analysis

Secondary cities matter a lot in the provision of a more balanced sustainable urban growth for Rwanda. Stimulating urbanisation through the secondary city agenda is expected to create jobs and reduce poverty. These cities have a potential to act as …

Developing Muhanga District: Findings from a Multidimensional Analysis

Secondary cities matter a lot in the provision of a more balanced sustainable urban growth for the country. Stimulating urbanisation through the secondary city agenda is expected to create jobs and reduce poverty. These cities have the potential to …

Developing Nyagatare District: Findings from a Multidimensional Analysis

The development and strengthening of secondary cities matter a great deal in the provision of balanced sustainable urban growth for the country. Hastening urbanization through the secondary city development program is expected to improve socio-econo…

Strengthening Rwandan Administrative Justice: Findings and Recommendations from District Field Research on Administrative Justice in Practice

This report compiles all the information gleaned from the research activities, which includes both a legal and policy framework analysis and a field research effort aimed at collecting a wealth of information about administrative justice in practice…

Strengthening Rwandan Administrative Justice: Land Expropriation and Administrative Justice

Land expropriation (the seizure of property for purposes in the public interest) has been a relatively contentious area of administrative decision-making over the past several years, but despite a number of important substantive reforms, including a…

Gender Budgeting as a Tool for Poverty Reduction: Concepts, Practices and Capacity Implications

Gender budgeting is an application of gender mainstreaming in the budgetary process. It subsumes a gender-based assessment of budgets, incorporation of a gender perspective at all levels of the budgetary process, and restructuring of revenues and ex…

East African Regional Analysis of Youth Demographics

This report summarizes the findings of research on the socioeconomic implications of youth demographics in four East African Community (EAC) countries namely: Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. For the study, we used systematic mapping approaches …

ACBF Board of Governors Issues Paper: Accessing Funds for Development: Required Capacities for Resource Mobilization and Absorption

African countries are now implementing the Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030 (also known as Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs), both requiring huge financial resources. Globally, large amounts of investable resources, mostly private, are available in a…

Youth, Deprivation and the Internet in Africa

The Internet is presented as a panacea for the challenges that young people face, but this is not necessarily the case. Despite being drivers of Internet take up, young people’s use of the Internet is not optimal, especially within contexts of dep…

Affordable Housing in Kigali: Issues and Recommendations

Rwanda has been experiencing a very high rate of population and urban growth. This has posed serious problems for socio-economic development because of the inability of existing institutions and mechanisms to cope with emerging challenges. These p…

Opportunities and Challenges in Engendering the African Energy Value Chain

This policy briefing draws on the findings of a discussion paper examining South Africa and Rwanda’s efforts to include women in the renewable energy (RE) sector. A comprehensive gender mainstreaming toolkit was developed based on this research, wh…

FONERWA Climate Risk Screening Tool

Agriculture is one of the main economic activities for the people of Rwanda, contributing over 30% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and provides employment to about 72% of the working population. Agricultural activities also ensure food securi…

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