From March 13-28, GGGI is participating in a national campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of green growth in Rwanda. GGGI’s Rwanda country team is partnering with the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Ministry of Local Government to build institutional capacity among local governments to deliver the provisions of the National Urbanization Policy.
The national campaign aims to ensure that city managers, implementers and stakeholders across Rwanda understand the potential of developing and implementing sustainable green city policies and strategies.
The campaign launch was nationally televised and hosted by the Hon. Vincent Munyeshyaka, Minister of State in charge of Socio-Economic Development in the Ministry of Local Government. The Minister emphasized the importance of green urbanization as a meant to improve the socio-economic status of Rwandans, and elevate the country towards middle income status.
The televised program also welcomed Mr Augustin Kampayana, Acting Director General of Rwanda Housing Authority, Eng Edward Kyazze, Urbanization Division Manager in the Ministry of Infrastructure, and Mr Innocent Kabenga, GGGI Country Representative in Rwanda.
The National Urbanization Policy’s guiding principles are based on sustainability and climate resilience, and emphasize sustainable land use, urban management and green growth development and social inclusion.
GGGI is supporting the dissemination and socialization of the National Urbanization Policy so that central and local government authorities and their technical staff, private sector, development partners and citizen representatives can more efficiently implement the policy’s provisions in support of sustainable urban development.
GGGI in collaboration with the Government of Rwanda is implementing the Rwanda Climate Resilient Green Cities program and has supported the development of a National Roadmap for Green Secondary Cities Development. This National Roadmap provides simple but tangible actions to facilitate the government’s effort to transition to a ‘green economy’ through the development of Rwanda’s secondary cities as poles of economic growth.
Read more about GGGI’s work in Rwanda here.