Background and objectives:
Rwanda has witnessed an increased number of new settlements and economic activity since 1994. To implement its national housing and urban development policy, the government set up this programme within the One UN framework with the aim of strengthening capacities related to management and planning within the MININFRA (Ministry of Infrastructure) and local authorities. It is also aimed at conducting studies for urban environment rehabilitation and improving access to basic infrastructure through pilot actions. The programme aims at building a sustainable and operational housing and urban development policy through the promotion of strategic planning, capacity building of various stakeholders, policy studies on the urban environment, development planning studies of secondary cities and support to local initiatives in the Eastern Province.
The main activities are:
- Promoting participatory planning strategies at municipal level.
- Capacity building to promote good governance.
- Survey of urban environment in the Kimicanga neighbourhood in Kigali.
- Capacities building of the District of Gasabo and the City of Kigali on urban environment management.
- Urban development planning of secondary cities in the Western province (Karongi and Rusizi).
- Support for local initiatives on ‘villagization’ in the Eastern Province through strengthening the capacities of local authorities for housing delivery for returnees.
The results achieved so far include:
- A national urban development forum held in Kigali (17-18 July 2008)
- National and international consultants recruited to support the implementation of the programme.
- Bidding process for provision of building materials for construction in the Eastern Province.