Economic Cooperation and Development
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). Enlarge image The German and the Rwandan delegation at the opening of the intergovernmental negotiations (© igihe.com)
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.