Development co-operation policy: 

Rwanda Development Co-operation Policy (2019) 
  • The aim is to enable Rwanda’s eventual self-reliance by accelerating the delivery of sustainable results and impacts aligned to the country’s national development goals and sector strategies 

Key objectives:

  • Increase the effectiveness of existing development co-operation modalities and mechanisms 
  • Support efforts to maximize and optimize total financing for development 
  • Facilitate new models of engagement and partnership with a variety of actors  

Aid Information Management System (AIMS): 

Development Assistance Database (DAD) (adopted in 2008, upgraded in 2010) 
  • Used by Rwanda’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN) to manage funds and development results. Rwanda’s development partners report on all aid modalities to this database 


Development co-operation reports: 

External Development Finance Report (2020)
  • Released annually by the Government and analyzes trends and data on external development finance
  • Refined over time to attempt to better capture and incorporate data on finance flows beyond Official Development Assistance (ODA) 
Donor Performance Assessment Framework (DPAF) 
  • Conducted since 2009, it serves to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of Rwanda’s development co-operation and to strengthen mutual accountability at country level on the quality of ODA to the public sector in Rwanda


Development co-operation mechanisms:


Level and actors 

Objectives and related policies 

Permanent Secretary’s Forum 

National level 

Government of Rwanda 

National Strategy for Transformation (NST1) 
Development Partners Coordination Group (DPCG) (quarterly meetings, since 1995) 

National level 

Government of Rwanda 

Heads of bilateral and multilateral donor agencies 

Representatives of private sector and civil society 

High-level dialogue between the government and its development partners 

National Strategy for Transformation (NST1) 

Development Partners Retreat (DPR) (annual two-day retreats, since 2005) 

National level 

Government of Rwanda 

Development partners, including bilateral and multilateral donors 

Development finance institutions 

Philanthropic organizations 

Private sector and civil society 

Review and discuss Rwanda’s development trajectory and progress in implementing the NST1 (the highest level of dialogue in the development coordination architecture) 

National Strategy for Transformation (NST1) 

Public-Private Dialogue 

National level 

Government of Rwanda 

Private sector representatives 

National Strategy for Transformation (NST1) 
Sector Working Groups (SWs) 

Sectoral level 

Government of Rwanda 

Development partners 

Private sector and civil society 

Discuss sector and cross-sector planning and prioritization according to strategic plans and development programs; develop Joint Sector Reviews 

Sector Strategic Plans 

Joint Action Development Forum (JADF) 

Sub-national level 

Government of Rwanda 

Institutions and organizations operating at district level (including public, private, local and international NGOs, faith-based organizations and other development partners) 

Provide representation for constituencies and discuss development activities and results in an open, complete and transparent way in a non-hierarchical setting 

District Development Strategies