Economic Cooperation and Development

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Rwanda and Germany have enjoyed different types of bilateral cooperation since 1962. Germany was one of the first countries to re-establish cooperation after the Genocide in 1994 - initially through emergency response, and later increasingly through technical and financial cooperation. Priority areas are Decentralisation and Good Governance as well as the Promotion of the Economic Growth and Employment. 

In order to improve the effectiveness of its interventions, the German Government aims to coordinate its activities with other bilateral and multinational donors currently represented in Rwanda. Due to the agreement between the Rwandan Government and its development partners in 2010 on the division of labour among the donors, Germany has ended the cooperation in the health sector in 2012 and is actually reinforcing its efforts with regard to the promotion of employment and technical vocational training. From 2007 - 2012 Germany had granted Rwanda general budget support. Germany also takes part in all multilateral debt-relief initiatives for Rwanda.

The principles of the German development policy are determined by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).The BMZ finances and coordinates cooperation with its implementing organizations, especially the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the German Development Bank (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau, KfW). 

The main focus of technical and financial cooperation is agreed upon in bilateral governmental negotiations; based on Rwanda's Economic and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS). Up to now Germany has pledged around 880 million Euro of bilateral support (ODA provided by Germany through multilateral institutions, NGOs and churches not included). The German and the Rwandan delegation at the opening of the intergovernmental negotiations Enlarge image The German and the Rwandan delegation at the opening of the intergovernmental negotiations (©

The last governmental negotiations took place in May 2017 in Kigali. On that occasion Germany committed in total 81 million Euros for a 3-year period (2017-2019). Of this amount, 39 million Euros are allocated to financial cooperation and 42 million Euros for technical cooperation.

Furthermore, Germany is supporting a Regional Energy Programme in the Great LakesRegion.

Since January 2011, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) brings together the longstanding experience of German technical cooperation of the former German Agency for Technical Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit GmbH), the experts of the Centre for Migration and Development (CIM), the German Development Service (Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst, DED) and Inwent (Internationale Weiterbildung und Entwicklung GmbH).

The responsibility for financial cooperation lies with the German Development Bank (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau, KfW), which undertakes tasks and functions in the area of economic policy. Since the 1960s, it is providing grants, loans and subsidies for developing countries in the name of and on behalf of the German government.

International Cartoon Competition: A place. Somewhere.

The competition aims on gathering voices and ideas, which will help to understand the causes of flight and migration from various countries and from differing points view. Until 30  July 2017 artists from all over the world can send up to three cartoons to EXILE Office in Essen, Germany.

The German and the Rwandan delegation at the opening of the intergovernmental negotiations

Bilateral government negotiations between Rwanda and Germany in Kigali on 17-18 May 2017

After two days of intensive bilateral negotiations Germany agreed to commit to Rwanda 81 Mio. EUR (75 billion RWF) for 2017 – 2020. On 18 May 2017 Mr. Andreas Gies, Head of the German Delegation and the DG of Bilateral Cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation, and Mr. Caleb Rwamuganza, Permanent Secretary at MINECOFIN, signed the new envelope for the three years ahead.

Transparency International Rwanda

Transparency International Rwanda (TIR)

On 7 March 2017 Transparency International Rwanda launched successfully its Analysis of the Auditor General’s reports of decentralized entities for the fiscal year that ended on 30th June 2015.

Grant of 32,5 million Euros

Germany invests 32,5 million Euros in the rehabilitation and privatization of the hydropower stations Ruzizi I und Ruzizi II  at the border between Rwanda, Burundi and the DR Congo.

Students of Ryankana Primary School

Micro-projects of the German Embassy 2017

The time-limit for the submission of project proposals for the German Embassy’s Fund for Micro Projects 2017 has expired.  New proposals for 2018 should be handed in between 01 August and 30 November 2017

Economic Cooperation and Development

Federal Minister Müller while visiting IPRC Kigali with the Minister of Education, the Honourable Dr. Papias Malimba Musafari

GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit

As of January 2011, the competences and extensive experience of the German Development Service, the GTZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit GmbH) and InWEnt – Capacity Building International, Germany, have been brought together under the roof of the GIZ. The GIZ supports the German Government in realizing its development policy objectives.

KfW - German Development Bank (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau)

KfW has many tasks. As a promotional bank, KfW Group supports change and encourages forward-looking ideas – in Germany, Europe and throughout the world.

Partnership Rhineland-Palatinate / Rwanda (Jumelage)

Since 1982 the coordination office of the Partnership Rhineland-Palatinate / Rwanda (Jumelage) has opened its doors in Kigali to strengthen the friendship and facilitate the cooperation, communication and exchange between citizens from the German Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate & Rwanda.

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The German Savings Banks Foundation for international Cooperation (SBFIC) supports the build-up of the micro finance sector in Rwanda.

The Chamber of Skilled Crafts supports the build-up of cooperative TVET in Rwanda.