Belgium funds Rwanda’s decentralization program

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Belgian Ambassador to Rwanda Arnout Pauwels and Rwanda’s Finance Minister Amb

L-R: Belgian Ambassador to Rwanda Arnout Pauwels and Rwanda’s Finance Minister Amb. Claver Gatete sign the deal

The government of Belgium today signed a grant deal that will see the support to Rwanda decentralization program through institutional strengthening and capacity building.

The deal amounting to €13.5 million, (approximately Rwf12 billion) was signed by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Rwanda, Arnout Pauwels and Rwanda Finance Minister, Amb. Claver Gatete.

The funds will sustainably enhance the capacity of Local Governments to deliver services and to support an enabling environment for local economic development in respect of best governance practice.

Amb. Pauwels stated that the decentralization process is key to achieve sustainable economic development and poverty reduction for all in Rwanda and his government wants to support this segment of policy

“It is the way forward to rebuild trust and give local communities greater voice. Legal framework, policy, and strategies have been regularly adapted, developed and implemented to respond efficiently to the evolving challenges of effective service delivery and local economic development.” He said.

Under the € 28 million decentralization funds, €14.5 million will be used to support the implementation of District Development Plans, while €13.5 million will focus on strengthening capacity building.

Capacity development will be delivered through supporting and strengthening existing capacity building strategies of the sector institutions combined with a mix of long term and short term technical assistance.

Minister Gatete said revealed that currently Rwanda is implementing the third phase of decentralization (2011 to 2015) which focuses on consolidating past achievements in governance and service delivery, and on scaling up local economic development.

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