Germany and Rwanda

Germany and Rwanda - Bilateral Relations

Thanks to a short and relatively uncomplicated colonial past (1885 – 1916), Rwanda and Germany enjoy a positive relationship. Germany is seen as a partner without self-serving economic or political interests. Diplomatic relations with the newly founded Republic of Rwanda were established in 1963. Germany earned appreciation for being one of the first countries that committed itself in humanitarian aid and development cooperation after the genocide and civil war of 1994.

Bilateral development cooperation with Rwanda is governed by the framework agreement on the dispatch of development aid workers (DED) of 12 Feb. 1971, the framework agreement on financial cooperation of 10 Nov. 1977 and the framework agreement on technical cooperation of 22 Nov. 1979. No other bilateral framework agreements exist concerning economy or trade. In April 1995, Germany was the first donor to enter into official negotiations with the new Rwandan Government.

A partnership with the German federal state of Rheinland-Pfalz was established in 1982.

Partnership Rhineland-Palatinate/Rwanda (German)

Germany and Rwanda

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development


As we stand at the beginning of the 21st century, the role of development policy has changed. Today, development cooperation is seen as global structural and peace policy. It aims to help resolve crises and conflicts in a peaceful manner.

German Institutions represented in Rwanda