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21 Jun 2017 description

The World Bank’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture Index (EBA) is a unique tool for measuring the ease of doing agribusiness. EBA data, coupled with contextual analysis and consultations with key stakeholders, can inform priority reforms and allow for transparent result tracking over time and across countries. The index scores, on a scale of 0-100*, the strength of the legal and institutional environment for agribusinesses across eight topics: seed, fertilizer, machinery, finance, markets, transport, water, and ICT.

16 Jun 2017 description


  • WFP’s main priority is to provide food assistance to refugees and vulnerable host communities, and to build national capacity to design and manage homegrown hunger solutions.

  • The refugee operation is currently experiencing significant funding shortfalls which may lead to breaks in the provision of food assistance.

  • A new phase of the prevention of stunting programme under the Country Programme was not initiated at the beginning of the year because of funding shortfalls.

07 Jun 2017 description


  • The camp population is currently at 53,590 individuals divided into 18, 503 households and of whom 49% are female;

  • The Swedish Ambassador Mrs. Jenny Ohlssom and UNHCR Representative Dr Saber Azam visited Mahama; the mission toured the camp and interacted with refugees.

  • UNHCR received tons of clothes donated by UNQLO

  • UNHCR facilitated the participation 10 refugee youth models in Kigali fashion week.


27 May 2017 description

This final report consolidates all the achievements of the response operation over a period of 12 months. The IFRC on behalf of the Rwanda Red Cross Society would like to thank all those who contributed to the emergency appeal. More specifically RRCS and IFRC would like to thank the following partners for their contributions; American Red Cross, Austrian Red Cross, Japanese Red Cross Society, Norwegian Red Cross, Red Cross of Monaco, Swedish Red Cross, The Canadian Red Cross Society (from Canadian Government), The Netherlands Red Cross (from Netherlands Government)

26 May 2017 description

Kigali: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today expressed gratitude to Japan for its latest contribution of 165 million Japanese Yen (US$ 1.46 million), which will be used to provide food and nutrition assistance to over 55,000 Burundian refugees residing in Mahama refugee camp and reception centres. The official handover ceremony took place today at the WFP compound in Kigali.

25 May 2017 description

Season B harvest to further improve food access

Key Messages

23 May 2017 description


Majority of Congolese refugees are living in five refugee camps throughout the country. Very small number of refugees live in urban locations mainly in Kigali. Humanitarian assistance and protection is mainly provided to people living in the camps. However, due to the protracted situation, the funding is very limited and therefore the living conditions in the camps remain unsatisfactory. Resettlement for protracted Congolese refugees is on hold.

23 May 2017 description


Majority of Burundian refugees are accommodated in Maham camp in Eastern Province. Some 30% of people live in urban locations mainly Kigali and Huye. Humanitarian assistance and protection is mainly provided to people living in the camp. Needs of people living in urban areas remain under supported mainly due to lack of funds. Therefore more and more people approach UNHCR with request for transfer to Mahama camp due to inability to cater for basic needs on their own.

23 May 2017 description


  • The camp population is currently at 53,646 individuals divided into 18, 634 households and of whom 49% are female;

  • Health partners led by MoH and WHO organized malaria screening and treatment in Mahama camp with 4,142 individuals tested;

  • Swedish mission impressed by Mahama camp

  • UNICEF signs agreement with IEE (Innovation Education for Empowerment) to build teachers capacity.

05 May 2017 description

Executive summary

Since April 2015, more than 269,375 people fled Burundi, and over 81,000 persons have sought refuge in Rwanda due to tension and violence occurring before and after the presidential elections. Refugees were accommodated to Mahama camp located in Eastern Province in Kirehe District (270 km from Kigali). Currently, there are still over 51,162 refugees in Mahama camp, the largest refugee camp in Rwanda.

04 May 2017 description

Near-average harvest still expected despite below-average rainfall


30 Apr 2017 description


  • Below-average precipitations at beginning of 2017B agricultural season

  • Harvest of 2017A season affected in parts by belowaverage rainfall

  • Maize prices at high levels due to tight national and regional supplies

  • Generally good food security situation, with pockets of food insecurity in some eastern and southern districts

  • Significant number of refugees from Burundi in need of humanitarian assistance

24 Apr 2017 description
report Caritas

Madeleine Rwasa a plus de 70 ans. Elle a fui le Burundi suite aux désordres provoqués en 2015 par la décision du Président Nkurunziza de briguer un troisième mandat. Comme quelque 50 000 autres burundais, elle vit dans le camp de réfugiés de Mahama, à l’est du Rwanda, près de la frontière tanzanienne. Madeleine Rwasa est seule. Ses trois petits enfants l’ont abandonnée. La faim lui donne parfois des vertiges. Elle a perdu toutes ses dents et ne survit, comme tant d’autres, que grâce à l’assistance fournie par Caritas Rwanda.

20 Apr 2017 description


  • UNHCR in Rwanda honored International Women’s Day (IWD) with two events in March: the first event was held 7 March in Kigali to launch the report of the comprehensive interagency gender assessment conducted in all refugee camps in Rwanda in 2016 by MIDIMAR, UNHCR, UN Women and other partners.

12 Apr 2017 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

On 1st April 2017 at 3:00 pm, Gatsibo district located in the Eastern Province of Rwanda experienced heavy rainfall associated with heavy storms which, resulted in destruction of houses and community farm lands in Kiramuruzi Sector Nyabisindu Cell. The affected area is located 36 kilometers from Gatsibo District, 40 kilometers from the Eastern Province office and 70 kilometers from the City of Kigali.

03 Apr 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • The total number of Burundian refugees in Rwanda has increased to 84,938. Of this, 53,532 refugees are living in Mahama Camp.

  • Since January 2017, 10 unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) have been reunited with their families.

  • The launch of the back-to-school campaign for Burundian refugee children in Mahama Camp was successfully concluded and efforts will continue throughout 2017.

01 Apr 2017 description

Poor household food access likely constrained until June harvest