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UN-Habitat projects in Rwanda

Planned City Extension for Rubavu and Nyagatare

This project seeks to improve the existing master plans for the urban area in Rubavu District and proposes a Planned City Extension based on UN-Habitat’s principles for Sustainable Urban Development. A Planned City Extension concept plan has been prepared and approved for Rubavu, and also for Nyagatare. A guideline to support secondary city authorities in city planning has also been developed.

Implementing partners: Ministry of Housing and Construction, Rubavu Local Government


Lake Victoria Region Water and Sanitation Initiative PHASE II - Training and Capacity Building Component

Objective of the project

  1. To provide efficient and timely implementation of programme activities
  2. To enhance community participation in ownership of programme activities, thereby empowering them for sustainability of the programme facilities and outcome/benefits
  3. To ensure the financial and operational sustainability of the programme investments
  4. To ensure that the poverty reduction and public health benefits of the programme are fully realized


The project is developed around the following methodologies:  

  1. Programme management to ensure local stakeholder participation, timely and efficient delivery of programme outputs and an effective monitoring, quality assurance and evaluation system.
  2. Institutional capacity of service providers to ensure the efficient delivery of water, sanitation and refuse collection and disposal services and the long term sustainability of programme investments.
  3. Hygiene promotion and sanitation to maximize the public health benefits of the programme, strengthen local structures to manage public sanitation programmes and promote options for financing mechanisms for accessing to household sanitation.
  4. Urban catchment management to reduce environmental degradation and contribute to the long term sustainability of water resources.
  5. Monitoring and evaluation system to ensure gender mainstreaming in water and sanitation programmes and provision of services to the poor.

Service sectors covered by the project include:Water, Sanitation, Solid Waste management, and Environment.

  • Duration:April 2011 to December 2016
  • Value: USD 4,244,443
  • Donor:African Development Bank
  • Implementing Partners:UN-Habitat, East Africa Community through the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC), Governments of Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda through respective ministries.


Hands on training on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for youth empowerment

Project Location:Kigali,Rwanda .

Objective of the Project

To involve the youth in the green economy that is contributing to climate change mitigation.Modules covered include:

  • Conducting energy audits
  • Green building and passive building designs
  • Tubular biogas digester systems
  • Improved cook stoves and gasifier stoves
  • Sustainable charcoal briquette production to substitute charcoal and firewood
  • Assembling and installation of solar bulb lights

Service sectors covered by the project include: energy access, buildings, academia, policy and legislation, housing finance.

  • Duration: As need arises– on going
  • Value: in- kind (staff time)
  • Donor: UN-Habitat,
  • Implementing Partners: UN-Habitat Urban energy Unit
Promoting Energy Efficiency in Building in Eastern Africa

Objective of the project

 The project seeks to mainstream energy efficiency into the existing legislation; and, to build on ongoing initiatives and develop an energy efficiency regulatory system for new and existing buildings. The project will also focus on green architecture, with the emphasis on effective policies, regulations and standards that integrate energy efficiency into building design.

Service sectors covered by the project include: energy access, buildings, academia, policy and legislation, housing finance.

The methodology:The project is developed around the following methodologies: Establishment of a benchmarking on energy use in building, capacity building of practitioners and professionals of the building industry; review of the building regulations and standards; development of tools and establishment of financial mechanism for promotion sustainable building design. Working with the national and local governments as well as training institutions and the private sector.

  • Duration: August 2011 to December 2016
  • Value: USD 15,276,288

    (Global Environment Facilities (GEF) USD 2,793,000; UN-Habitat (in kind) USD 400,000; Governments (in kind) USD 12,083,288)

  • Donor:Global Environment Facilities, and UN-Habitat,
  • Implementing Partners: UN-Habitat, UNEP and Governments of Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi and Rwanda through respective ministries.
Rapid Planning

This project is located in Kigali. Its objective is to develop a rapid trans-sectoral urban-regional planning methodology with a focus on urban basic services, specifically targeting supply and disposal infrastructure. The service sectors covered by the project include energy, water, waste water, solid waste and urban agriculture. The methodology will help to address the city’s challenges in the following areas: phasing urban development; preparing a 30 year plan for the city; promoting city density; addressing inadequate housing; and financing large amounts of low-cost housing. For more information click here.

  • Duration: September 2014-December 2019
  • Value:$538,611
  • Donor:German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)
  • Implementing Partners:City of Kigali


Water and Sanitation Trust Fund Implementation of Training and Capacity Building Activities Under the Lake Victoria Water Supply and Sanitation Programme Phase II (East African Regional Project)

Water and Sanitation Trust Fund Implementation of Training and Capacity Building Activities Under the Lake Victoria Water Supply and Sanitation Programme Phase II (East African Regional Project)

  • Duration: December 2011 – December 2016
  • Value: US$4,244,445
  • Donor: African Development Bank
  • Implementing Partners: East African Community (EAC); African Development Bank (AfDB); Government of Burundi; Government of Tanzania; Government of Rwanda; Government of Kenya; Government of Uganda;
Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme

This programme is being implemented with a focus on the development and adoption of inclusive policies and strategies for slum upgrading . The Programme also aims to strengthen community, city and national key stakeholders’ capacities in participatory slum upgrading in Rwanda, particularly in the City of Kigali, Musanze District and Muhanga District. More sepcifically, the Country Team particularly aims to contribute to the ongoing elaboration of the National Urban Policy, the implementation of the National Urbanization Sector Strategy as prescribed in the Rwanda’s Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS 2) and specific local urban/city development plans.

  • Implementation Phase: Phase II
  • Duration: November 2013 – December 2015
  • Value: US$120,000
  • Donor: European Commission and, the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Secretariat
  • Implementing Partners: UN-Habitat and the Ministry of Infrastructure
  • Profile cities/ location: City of Kigali, Musanze District and Muhanga District


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