Rwanda, where AGI’s first project began in 2008, is one of Africa's success stories. After the horrific events of the 1994 genocide, the country has seen dramatic progress. Between 2000 and 2010, it was one of the ten fastest growing economies in the world. Since 2006, inequality has fallen and 1.7 million Rwandans have lifted themselves out of poverty.

The Rwandan government aims to become a middle income country by 2020, as set out in its Vision 2020 strategy. But there are challenges still to overcome if this vision is to be achieved: 39% of the country’s population still live in poverty and over 40% of the national budget is funded by donors. A vibrant private sector is needed to create sustainable growth and job creation to meet the needs of a growing youthful population. 

Our team support the systems and structures of effective government in Rwanda, so that the lives of 5 million Rwandans who live in poverty can be improved. We have worked within the Presidency, the Prime Minister’s Office, the National Capacity Building Secretariat (NCBS) and the Ministries of Finance, Agriculture and Infrastructure. AGI and the Government of Rwanda have also developed a pioneering partnership called the Strategic Capacity Building Initiative (SCBI), which is focussed on delivering the government’s priorities and training young Rwandans for future leadership roles. 


AGI is different from others ... they don’t tell us what we want ... We take leadership and ownership and that is how a country like Rwanda, should work with their partners.
Claver Gatete, Rwandan Minister of Finance


Access to electricity is essential for development. That's why it's a priority for the Government of Rwanda.
To continue to grow the economy and reduce poverty Rwanda must increase exports. Find out how AGI is supporting this.
SCBI brings together Rwandan public servants and international experts. This helps them deliver and build capacity at the same time.
What is SCBI - Rwanda's Strategic Capacity Building Initiative - and why is it different?
the team in rwanda
Sinit Zeru
Governance Advisor, Rwanda
Country Head, Rwanda
Governance Advisor, Rwanda


One million more Rwandans now have access to electricity in their homes.

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More than eighty Rwandan public servants have been trained through SCBI this year.

AGI In Action

May 2016

President Paul Kagame, AGI Patron Tony Blair and noted philanthropist Howard Buffett spoke on partnerships and doing business in Africa at the World Economic Forum in Kigali yesterday.
12th May 2016
Mr Blair is visiting a number of AGI project countries in East Africa this week, and will attend events at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali.
9th May 2016

Apr 2016

Mar 2016


Guinea and Rwanda have struck a series of agreements following President Kagame's trip to Conakry:

11th March 2016

Performance contracts for civil servants have worked in Rwanda. Could they work elsewhere asks @AfricaAtLSE

7th March 2016

Feb 2016


Rwanda is starting to use drones to transport blood and other medical supplies across the country.

18th February 2016

Why Guinea, Rwanda and South Africa provide cause for optimism on Africa's power problem. New from @judeauxp

10th February 2016

Public transport in Kigali is moving to a smart card payment system.

4th February 2016

Nov 2015


"Helping government realize it's own vision... is still quite unique" - Shalini Unnikrishnan

24th November 2015

Proud to have helped build Africa's fastest solar power plant in #Rwanda @asyv @guardianeco

23rd November 2015

Oct 2015

Sep 2015


To achieve #GlobalGoals developing countries need to be in driving seat, find out why

25th September 2015
The Centre for Public Impact interviews AGI's Tim Bromfield and looks at the challenges facing Rwanda as well as some of the innovative approaches that government is taking to reform.
24th September 2015