The Government of Rwanda has made achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) central to its policy framework, as defined in the long term development agenda, the Vision 2020, as well as the medium term strategies, EDPRS1 and EDPRS 2. The overriding long-term national development objective is to transform Rwanda into a middle-income country by 2020.
For the last decade, Rwanda’s macroeconomic stability has been strengthened, and important steps have been made in establishing the base for sustained growth and further poverty reduction. These gains were particularly pronounced during the implementation of EDPRS1, and they are clearly reflected in the high levels of sustained and inclusive economic growth, expanded basic social services, significant poverty reduction, gender empowerment and an overall impressive progress towards most of the MDGs. This progress has been achieved not only thanks to the strong and sustained political commitment at the highest level, but also with a significant international support for well-designed and efficiently executed national scale programs.
This is the fourth progress report on the MDGs for Rwanda, and it documents the overall progress that the country is making towards reducing poverty and promoting human development. It also discusses the redistribution efforts made by the Government to address the spatial disparities observed in poverty alleviation and access to health and education services, especially for women and youth.
We are now only one year away from the set deadline of the Millennium development Goals, and the Consultations for the Post 2015 Development Agenda, in which Rwanda is an active participant, are already underway. The findings of this report give grounds for considerable optimism, not only for more progress towards the achievement of the MDG goals by the end of 2015, but also for the potential for success in the upcoming implementation of the post 2015 development agenda.
The UN family, together with other Development Partners, are indeed proud to be a strong partner of the Government in its determination to assure a bright future for the people of Rwanda.