The United Nations in Rwanda

A refugee entrepreneur showcases her Kitenge print fabric shop after she received financial and business training through a UNCDF funded digital financial inclusion and resilience programme in Mahama, Kirehe
Photo: © UNCDF/Serrah Galos, 2021

The United Nations system in Rwanda consists of 22 UN agencies, programmes, and funds, both resident and non-resident.

Since the Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994, the UN system has been a fundamental partner in the reconstruction of Rwanda. Since 2008, they have been delivering as one: ‘One UN’. This means: one leader – the UN Resident Coordinator; one budget; one programme – the five year Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP II); and one voice. ‘One UN’ capitalizes on the strengths and comparative advantages of the different UN agencies in the UN system and calls for coordinated endeavors for achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to Transform Our World that were set out in Agenda 2030.

Between 2018-2023, the One UN Rwanda has budgeted around US$631 million to assist the country in its development.


The Sustainable Development Goals in Rwanda

The Sustainable Development Goals are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the earth’s environment and climate, and ensure that people everywhere can enjoy peace and prosperity. These are the goals the UN is working on in Rwanda: