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 and challenging objectives, the Government can only unlock the potential of secondary cities by better aligning its priorities and deepening coordination. The brief is structured as follows: Section A sets the scene of the research; Section B presents the research methodology while Section C highlights the main findings of the research and their associated challenges. The latter section focuses on the socioeconomic status and the governance challenge of secondary cities. Before presenting concluding remarks. Section D presents a set of recommendations to address these socioeconomic and governance challenges.