Euros 1.2M to strengthen aid management in Rwanda

The grant is to be provided to the services of the finance ministry responsible for the management of the EU’s Euros 460 million support programme to Rwanda.

The European Union has made available a grant of Euros 1.2 million Euros (roughly RWF 1.2 billion) to the Government of Rwanda to strengthen aid management and to improve accountability of aid and efficient aid delivery. The agreement for the support was signed on Wednesday, 23 August 2017 in Kigali by Marie-Ange Ingabire Hakiba, the Director of Corporate Services in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, following the signature of the Head of the European Union Delegation to Rwanda, Ambassador Michael Ryan.

The grant is to be provided to the services of the finance ministry responsible for the management of the EU’s Euros 460 million support programme to Rwanda. It will help provide staff and means to ensure effective implementation of EU-funded programmes benefitting public institutions and other agencies. Ministries and agencies will gain increased capacity to implement programmes contributing to strengthening aid management and aid delivery aligned to national policies. Over 80% of EU grant assistance is provided as budget support concentrated in agriculture, energy and economic and democratic governance.

“The Rwandan government and the EU jointly set the agenda of our co-operation programme in line with national strategies and priorities. We coordinate closely with government ministries, with other donors, particularly from EU member states, with civil society and the business community. Our essential aim is to use our close EU-Rwanda partnership to help where we can, focussing on poverty reduction, improving the lives of Rwandans, building the independence of institutions. This is very much in line with what the government seeks. We, like Rwanda, have a strong interest in making EU aid work effectively for Rwandans. This is why we are providing this cash injection today.

The finance ministry will be reinforced in its coordinating role with ministries, departments, agencies and oversight bodies. The support will also involve training to ministry staff to improve implementation, ensure timely delivery of quality reports, and follow up on EU programmes. The funding is part of the EU’s Accountable Democratic Governance Programme worth Euros 14 million.

Source: Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Rwanda