Rwanda is susceptible to a wide range of disaster threats, including floods, droughts, strong storms and volcanic eruptions. In the past two decades, some 2 million people have been affected by these and other climate-induced hazards—hazards that will only increase as the effects of climate change grow both in frequency and scale. According to the Notre Dame Global Adaptation (ND-GAIN) Index, Rwanda is the world’s thirteenth most vulnerable country to climate change.
Families whose houses were destroyed by heavy rain with storm in Ngoma District have expressed strong gratitude to the government for the first aid assistance they received.
At least 82 families from Sake and Jarama Sectors in Ngoma District were left homeless after heavy rain destroyed their houses and home assets in the night of February 23th, 2015. That heavy rain also damaged crops especially banana plantations while other people were injured.
Most poor households remain in Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity
February 19 2015: Jean de Dieu Basabose, Peace Direct’s Local Correspondent in Rwanda, discusses an approach to resolving ethnic conflict structured around religious practice.
The US Ambassador to Rwanda, Erica Barks-Ruggles, has pledged her government’s support to ensure peace returns to eastern DR Congo so that refugees can return home.
Amb. Barks-Ruggles made the pledge to thousands of Congolese refugees as she visited them in Gihembe Refugee Camp located in Gicumbi District on Tuesday February 17, 2015.
“We will work closely with partners such as the ICGLR [International Conference on the Great Lakes Region] and others to see how peace can be restored in the DR Congo so that you can repatriate.” Said Ambassador Barks Ruggles.
Minimal (IPC Phase1) expected through March due to average Season A production
WASHINGTON, January 22, 2015 – The World Bank Group’s (WBG) Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$70million International Development Association (IDA) credit to support the Government of Rwanda (GoR) improve the efficiency, coverage and harmonization of its social protection system.
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Rwanda was held up Saturday as a beacon for gender equality as the business and political elite at the Davos forum underlined the importance of achieving parity in ending poverty.
The central African country, which two decades ago was struggling to recover from genocide that claimed 800,000 lives, became the first country in 2008 to have a parliament dominated by women.
Today, female lawmakers make up 64 percent of parliament, outperforming the world average of one in five.
WASHINGTON, 22 janvier 2015 – Le Conseil des administrateurs du Groupe de la Banque mondiale a approuvé aujourd’hui un crédit de l’Association internationale de développement (IDA) d’un montant de 70 millions de dollars destiné à aider le gouvernement rwandais à améliorer l’efficacité, la couverture et l’harmonie de son système de protection sociale.
Rwanda - Dans le cadre du Programme commun de retour et de réintégration durables des Nations Unies et du Ministère chargé de la gestion des catastrophes et des affaires des réfugiés (MIDIMAR) financé par la Suède, l’OIM a intensifié ses efforts visant à accroître la réintégration durable des Rwandais de retour des pays voisins, notamment de République démocratique du Congo, de Tanzanie et du Burundi.
On Friday January 16, 2015, over 100 people from both government and various humanitarian organizations completed a three-day simulation exercise on mass refugees’ influx.
The exercise named “Twitegurire hamwe” that took place in Musanze District was organized jointly by the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees Affairs (Midimar), Rwanda National Police (RNP) and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).
Rwandans who were expelled from Tanzania and settled in Bugesera District on Thursday January 15, 2015 received assorted food items worth Rwf27 million.
The food was donated by Direct Aid Project Rwanda, formerly known as African Muslims Agency, in collaboration with the district's Joint Action Development Forum (JADF).
Every family received 50kgs of rice, 15 kilogrammes of sugar, 40 kilogrammes of beans, 50 kilogrammes of maize flour, 20 litres of cooking oil and one box of bars of soap.
Under the Swedish-funded One UN / Ministry for Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR) Joint Sustainable Return and Reintegration programme, IOM has stepped up efforts to boost the sustainable reintegration of Rwandan returnees from neighbouring countries, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Burundi.
The organization last week (13-16/1) trained some 84 trainers who will soon train some 770 selected returnees and vulnerable members of returnee host communities in Rwanda in income generating activities.
Climate change and extreme weather are already taking a toll on Rwanda. The country suffers floods and landslides, and variable rainfall affects farming, causing soil erosion and droughts. Scientists predict future climate change that could make these problems worse. How should decision-makers respond? A new policy brief from the Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) programme and CDKN explores some options.
WFP is currently assisting 73,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in five refugee camps in Rwanda. There were two major arrivals. The majority fled from conflict in the eastern DRC in 1995-1996. A further 30,000 escaped from increasing insecurity during 2012 and 2013.
Green harvests improve household food security country-wide
Beans are the most common staple commodities across all regions in Rwanda.
Maize, cassava, Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes and bananas are also very important. Beans and Maize are cultivated generally in all districts of the Country, Irish potato mainly in Northern and Western parts of the Country and Banana in Eastern parts. Staple food prices are usually lower in JanuaryFebruary, after season A, and in July-August, following the season B harvest.
Prices are higher in October-November and May-June during the lean periods.
On December 17th, 2014, a group of five former Rwandan refugees landed in Kigali. They include RUGIRA Desire who opted for voluntary repatriation from Uganda. Four other namely: Soter Hakizima and Asnath NSENGIYUMVA from Niger, Rcihard Niyomusabye Richard and Marie Chantal Mukeshimana from Uganda came throughout the “Come & See, Go and Tell program” to witness the situation in the country so that they can go back to asylum countries to testify to their fellow refugees. They attended the 12th National Dialogue before visiting different parts of the country.