Overall Objective

GGGI’s objective in Rwanda is to provide technical support to the National Fund for Environment and Climate Change (FONERWA) Facility, and to support the development planning of 6 Green Secondary Cities.

GGGI specialists and advisors work is an embedded structure
approach to co-deliver impactful Green Growth Development in Rwanda.

In its national development plan–the Economic Development and
Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDRPS2) the Government of Rwanda has
identified green urbanization as a key element of economic growth. To better distribute economic growth across the country and accomplish
the national urbanization target of 35% by 2024, the Government of
Rwanda has identified six secondary cities (Huye, Muhanga,
Nyagatare, Rubavu, Musanze and Ruisizi) to serve as growth poles.
GGGI is supporting the government of Rwanda to develop
secondary cities as competitive economic centers pursuing climate
resilience, sustainable & inclusive growth.

Strategic Outcome Targets

GHG Reductions Target Setting in Progress
Green Jobs Target Setting in Progress
Sustainable Services Target Setting in Progress
Air Quality Target Setting in Progress
Ecosystem Services Target Setting in Progress
Enhanced Adaptation to Climate Change Target Setting in Progress
Contact
Okechukwu Daniel Ogbonnaya

Lead, Rwanda Country Program Coordination

Resource Partner

GGGI Core Funding

Government Counterpart

Ministry of Infrastructure

Ministry of Natural Resources

Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning

Context

Rwanda achieved impressive real GDP growth of about 9% per annum between 2000 and 2014. As a result of this growth, Rwanda is experiencing high urbanization rates concentrated in its capital, Kigali, and given its limited total land area, it is now one of the densest countries in Africa.

GGGI is supporting the Government of Rwanda’s work on developing the policy frameworks, guidelines, and investment strategies necessary for the transformation of 6 secondary cities and in operationalizing the National Fund for Environment and Climate Change (FONERWA) Facility.

News

News • June 14, 2019

Burkina Faso Minister of Environment ,Green Economy and Climate Change conduct GCF study tour in Kigali, Rwanda

Burkina Faso is aware of the importance of green growth development which is fundamental to supporting the transition and increasing opportunities.  The Government has highlighted several obstacles related to (i) limited technical capacity of actors at all levels; (ii) the lack of sustainable and appropriate financial mechanisms to support the transition to green growth; and […]

News • June 12, 2019

15 shortlisted participants of the Greenpreneurs 2019 program to take part in a global competition

June 12, Seoul, Republic of Korea – Out of more than 200 participants, 15 were shortlisted from GGGI’s Member countries and countries where GGGI has operations, including Cambodia, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Jordan, Morocco, Nepal, the Philippines, Rwanda, Uganda, the UAE, and Vanuatu. This year, GGGI is pleased to have a variety of project ideas designed […]

News • June 5, 2019

Beating Air pollution before it beats us

Air pollution is a chronic disease and a silent killer.  We need to anticipate it and proactively address it head on before it overtakes us. In April 2019  it was time for me to relocate to Kigali from Seoul, I was happy to move away from Seoul’s deteriorating air quality. While living in Korea, a […]

News • May 31, 2019

Three Ways the Global Green Growth Institute is supporting the Government of Rwanda to Reduce Air Pollution

Ambient air pollution has risen sharply in recent years, especially in urban centers. Increasing rates of congestion combined with rising levels of personal vehicle ownership and limited public transport infrastructure have resulted in cities in sub-Saharan Africa exhibiting some of the highest levels of PM2.5 particulate matter in the world. Recent research has found that […]

News • May 10, 2019

Rwanda Cabinet approves Green Building Minimum Compliance System

The Government of Rwanda in the cabinet meeting held on 3rd April 2019 approved the Ministerial Order determining Urban planning and Building regulations. The Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System which is an Annex to the Ministerial Order along with the revised Rwanda Building Code. The Ministerial Order and the supporting green building annex were officially […]

News • April 12, 2019

Rwanda GCF NDA and GGGI monitor the Secondary Cities Master Plan Revision process

On 5th April GGGI Rwanda together with the National Designated Authority (NDA) and the National Coordination Team (NCT) undertook a mission to Nyagatare, one of the secondary cities where the GCF is supporting the incorporation of low emission and resilience strategies in the Master Plan revision though the Readiness and Preparatory support project. The City […]

News • April 9, 2019

GGGI Supports the Development of Rwanda’s Green Procurement Guidelines

According to the United Nations -Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) address the root causes of poverty and pledge to leave no one behind, including vulnerable groups. They also emphasize the need to tackle climate change urgently and protect the environment through a shift to sustainable consumption and production. The SDGs are intended to be universal, applying […]

News • April 8, 2019

Citizens participate in the Design Process for Green & Public Space in Nyagatare

Cities are considered to a critical role to play in transitioning from resource inefficient patterns of growth and increasing access to services, and in so doing, supporting the transition to green growth. In 2018 , the  Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA), the Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA), and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) undertook citywide public […]

News • April 5, 2019

Rwanda Urban sector to establish a  Center of Excellence for Green Urbanization

On 28th March 2019 a consultation for stakeholders in the Urbanization and Built Environment sector was held  to discuss the establishment of the Center of Excellence for Green Urbanization, at Lemigo Hotel  in Kigali. The Ministry of Environment with the Ministry of Infrastructure hosted the consultation alongside the Global Green Growth Institute as a facilitator, […]

News • February 14, 2019

GGGI hosts UN-Habitat’s Executive Director at the ‘Inclusive Cities Talk’ in Kigali, Rwanda

The 3rd National Urban Forum  held in Kigali, Rwanda from February 6-7 was organized by the Ministry of Infrastructure with partner organizations UN-Habitat, World Bank, GGGI, Enabel – Belgium Development Agency, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and International Growth Center (IGC). The gathering set up to evaluate what has previously been done in […]

News • February 8, 2019

Advocating for Green Cities and Green Buildings during the “Urban Walk” in Kigali

As a parallel event to the Third National Urban Forum, GGGI in partnership with the City of Kigali and the University of Rwanda, led an “Urban Walk” in Kigali on 8th February 2019. In 2018, GGGI launched “Urban Walk” initiative in Rwanda to bring awareness on the importance of green cities and green buildings to […]

News • February 7, 2019

Rwanda Climate Change, Urban Resilience and Green Cities at the Forefront during the 3rd National Urban Forum 2019

  At the third National Urban Forum we had an expected 300 urban experts in Kigali from 6-7 February examining previous work of the Government and partners in urban sector and setting new suggestions on how Rwanda ought to accomplish its objective of 35 percent urbanization rate by 2024. The Honourable Minister of Infrastructure, Claver […]

News • January 31, 2019

GGGI Rwanda mainstreaming green city development for the GCF NDA capacity development

Musanze 22-24 January 2019 Rwanda’s urbanization is taking advantage of existing pillars of growth to support; structure and balance its system of cities and towns, including corridors (Musanze-Rubavu, Kigali, Muhanga, Huye) and gateways (Rusizi, Nyagatare, Rubavu). This led to the selection of Secondary cities based on strategic location, growth trends, unique assets, and potential to […]

News • January 4, 2019

Promoting green growth by building youth capacity for UNFCCC negotiations

In Katowice – December 2018 Policy makers, influencers, innovators, business drivers, International organizations and observers from a wide range of sectors and across the globe gathered for the  24th Conference of Parties in Katowice. Among the participants was the delegation from Rwanda that include 3 young innovators from ‘Green Fighters’. Youth around different corners of […]

News • November 30, 2018

Africa Green Growth Forum 2018, Kigali Rwanda

The Africa Green Growth Forum, held in Kigali, Rwanda on November 26-30, was a combination of discussions with field tours to share best practice, mobilize resources and foster investment and innovation across the continent. Rwanda hosted the First Ever Africa Green Growth Forum that was paperless and plastic free. Africa has everything because it has […]

News • October 25, 2018

GGGI leads “Urban Walk” in Nyagatare

October 25, Nyagatare –  The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) partnered with the Government of Rwanda and stakeholders working on sustainable urban development to bring forward discussion on pressing urbanization issues. To share knowledge and updates on the current progress on green cities, the GGGI Rwanda team led an “Urban Walk” in Nyagatare, one of Rwanda’s […]

News • October 11, 2018

GGGI collaborates with UN agencies and partners to organize 4-Day Regional Knowledge Exchange for African Cities on Public Bike Sharing Systems in Nairobi

October 11, Nairobi – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Rwanda team in collaboration with the UN Environment’s Share the Road Programme, UN-Habitat, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) Africa office and Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) organized a 4-Day Regional Knowledge Exchange on Public Bike Sharing (PBS) Systems for African City Representatives from […]

News • October 4, 2018

GGGI partners with ISCA to support Rwanda on Sustainable Infrastructure

On October 04, 2018, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in partnership with the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) hosted a knowledge sharing meeting (via teleconference) on Sustainable Infrastructure for Government of Rwanda officials, critical infrastructure asset owners and key private sector infrastructure players in Kigali, Rwanda. Participants of the session included the Rwanda […]

News • October 2, 2018

GGGI Convenes Stakeholders in Musanze & Rubavu on Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS) and Non-Motorised Transport (NMT)

The GGGI Rwanda team organized two stakeholder consultations in two of Rwanda’s rapidly urbanizing secondary cities, Musanze and Rubavu. The consultation sessions were organized to discuss the challenges, limitations and opportunities of developing a public bicycle sharing (PBS) system. Participants at the stakeholders consultations included representatives from local and national government entities, the private sector, […]

News • September 26, 2018

Green Buildings to complement Sustainable Urbanization of Rwanda

According to UN Environment, buildings accounted for 30% of global final energy consumption and 28% of global CO2 emissions in 2015. According to UN-Habitat in Africa, energy used in buildings is an estimated 56% of the total national electricity consumption. Over 70% of this energy is consumed in cities. In some cases, more than 50% […]

Projects

Project
Sustainable Urban Wetlands Development within Kigali City
Start Date Q1 2018
Funding Source Partner
Approved Budget euro 1 000 000
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Green Cities
  • Sustainable Landscapes
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Project
Rwanda (FONERWA)
Start Date Q1 2012
Funding Source Core
Approved Budget 0
Status Complete
Thematic Area
  • Cross Cutting
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Project
Rwanda Green City Pilot Project
Start Date Q1 2017
Funding Source Core
Approved Budget 0
Status Complete
Thematic Area
  • Green Cities
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Project
Rwanda Climate Resilient Green Cities
Start Date Q1 2017
Funding Source Core
Approved Budget USD 2 965 000
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Green Cities
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Project
Technical Support to the Rwanda National Fund for Environment and Climate Change (FONERWA) Facility
Start Date Q1 2017
Funding Source Core
Approved Budget USD 1 811 000
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Cross Cutting
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Reports

Green Certification of the Bugesera Airport – Fact Sheet Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy
Report
Green Certification of the Bugesera Airport – Fact Sheet

Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting

GGGI Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System Fact Sheet Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy
Report
GGGI Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System Fact Sheet

Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting

GGGI Rwanda Green Cities Project Fact Sheet Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy
Report
GGGI Rwanda Green Cities Project Fact Sheet

Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting

Rwanda Public Bicycle Sharing – Project Fact Sheet Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy
Report
Rwanda Public Bicycle Sharing – Project Fact Sheet

Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting

3rd National Urban Forum Rwanda- Background Paper Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy
Report
3rd National Urban Forum Rwanda- Background Paper

Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting

Rwanda Newsletter Rwanda  • Cross Cutting
Report
Rwanda Newsletter

Rwanda  • Cross Cutting

Rwanda Country Brochure Rwanda  • Cross Cutting
Report
Rwanda Country Brochure

Rwanda  • Cross Cutting

Rwanda Country Planning Framework 2016-2020 Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Cross Cutting
Report
Rwanda Country Planning Framework 2016-2020

Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Cross Cutting

Rwanda: National Roadmap for Green Secondary City Development Rwanda  • Green Cities
Report
Rwanda: National Roadmap for Green Secondary City Development

Rwanda  • Green Cities

GGGI In-Country Staff

Richard Ndicunguye

District Technical Assistant for Green Urbanization and Green Growth.

Andrew Kabera

District Technical Assistant for Green Urbanization and Green Growth.

Diane Umukunzi Uyambaje

District Assistant for Green Urbanisation & Green Growth

Arrabothu Dheeraj

Senior Green Building Officer

Pamella Hellen Birungi

Senior Communication & Knowledge Management Officer

Dr Brigitte Nyirambangutse

GGGI-IMELS Senior Officer

Vanessa Umuhorakeye

Senior Administrative Associate

Okechukwu Daniel Ogbonnaya

Lead, Rwanda Country Program Coordination

Michelle Defreese

Sr Officer - Rwanda Program (Green Growth)

Jean Pierre Munyeshyaka

Senior Associate, Green Urbanization

Inhee Chung

Country Representative (Rwanda)

Ilija Gubic

Senior Officer - Urbanization and Infrastructure

Franco Kamanzi

Program Officer

Anthony Owusu Annan

Specialist- Climate Finance