Project Reference Profiles – Rwanda(RW09) Green Infrastructure Planning and Delivery (GIPD)

At a Glance

Strategic Outcomes SO1 Reduced GHG emission, SO2 Creation of green jobs, SO3 Increased access to sustainable services, SO4 Improved air quality, SO6 Enhanced adaptation to climate change
Start Date Q1  Jan 1 2019
End Date q1 Jan 31 2021
Funding Source Core
Actual Budget (USD) 293,347
Budget Percentage 77%
Actual Expenditure (USD) 227,284.04
Status Active
GGGI Share (USD)
Poverty and Gender Policy Markers poverty, gender
Name of Client (Lead/Prime implementer if GGGI is part of a consortium)
Participating Organization (Funding/donor)
Name of consortium members, if any MININFRA, RHA
Thematic Area
  • Green Cities
  • Cross Cutting
GGGI Project Code :
Project Manager and Staff +
Okechukwu Daniel Ogbonnaya

Ethiopia Country Representative

Jean Pierre Munyeshyaka

Senior Associate, Green Urbanization

Project context, objectives and description

The Government of Rwanda through Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS 2) is developing 6 Secondary Cities of MuhangaRubavu, Huye, RusiziNyagatare, and Musanze as poles of economic growth and promote a more inclusive and green development approach. The 6 Secondary cities are experiencing different rates of urbanization. The National Strategy for Transformation (NST) 1 target is to increase the urban population from 17.3% (2013/2014) to 35% by 2024. The urbanization growth rates aided by the projected population increase from 10.5million in 2012 to 23.2million in 2050 and the associated transition towards a middle-income country by 2024 and a high-income country by 2050 are expected to increase the resource consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the built environment.  

The overall objective of the project is to provide technical advisory services for the Rwandan government and the private sector in the field of building and construction, and infrastructure to support the governments vision of achieving low-carbon and climate-resilient green economy by 2050. This project is aligned with IO1. Strengthened national, sub-national and local green growth planning, financing and institutional frameworks, IO2. Increased green growth investment flows which enable partner governments to implement green growth policies and IO3. Improved multi-directional knowledge sharing and learning to empower local and external agents necessary to drive green growth processes in partner governments. 

Type of services provided, and results achieved

Impact: (achieved) 

  • To integrate green growth strategies in national urbanization programs by providing support in green building and construction.  
  • To understand and prioritize resource-efficient, low-carbon technologies and infrastructure solutions in urban development projects by connecting Rwandan infrastructure providers and planners with international technical experts for knowledge transfer on green technologies and support the development of capacities to operate and maintain new technologies and infrastructure solutions.


  • Resource-efficient low-carbon green building and infrastructure solutions are understood and prioritized in Rwanda’s built-environment 

Project Outputs completed in 2019: 

 i. Green Growth Policies: 

Policy Assignment:  

  • The development of green building minimum compliance templates completed in 2019 supports the implementation of green building minimum compliance in Rwanda. 

Policy Adopted:  

  • The Government of Rwanda adopted the Green Building Minimum Compliance System in April 2019 as an Annex -3 to the Rwanda Building Code 2019.  

ii. Green Investments: 

  • Advisory output that aim to create enabling environmentThe green building minimum compliance excel-based templates were completed under this project and they provide an enabling environment to implement the green building minimum compliance system. 
  • Green investments catalyzed:  GGGI collaborated with ICLEI and UN-Habitat for the Urban LEDS II project in Rwanda which includes demonstration projects in Kigali and 2 secondary cities (Muhanga and Rubavu). GGGI with ICLEI has identified retrofitting of two health centers in Kigali and Muhanga as per the green building minimum compliance system as the demonstration projects. Urban LEDS II is providing USD 100,000 for the two demonstration projects and GGGI will provide in-kind technical support for the implementation of the projects which is worth approx. USD 100,000. GGGI will sign a letter of collaboration with all partners involved to implement the projects. 

iii. Capacity Building and Knowledge Products: 

  • Total of 4 capacity building activities in the form of presentations, site visits and introductory training program.  
  • Total of 2 knowledge products 1. Summary of benefits of Rwanda green building minimum compliance system; 2. Green Building features of New Bugesera International Airport (old design); 3. ISCA Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) International rating tool V1.0 Overview and Applicability to the Rwanda Feeder Roads Development Project (developed by ISCA, GGGI coordinated the development) 

Number of staff provided

Project Manager:  Arrabothu Dheeraj 

Number of staff provided: Franco Kamanzi , Inhee Chung, Daniel Ogbonnaya, Pamela Birungi, Vanessa Umuhorakeye