population

11.6 M
Total population in the country

sanitation

62 %
Population with access to safely managed and basic service sanitation

drinking water

57 %
Population with access to safely managed and basic service drinking water

child mortality

3
Diarrhea related under age 5 mortality rate number/1,000 live births

Drinking Water Results

36.4 K
People Gaining Access to Improved Drinking Water due to USG Assistance (FY 2008 - 2016)*

Sanitation Results

10.1 K
People Gaining Access to Improved Sanitation due to USG Assistance (FY 2008 - 2016)*

USAID Region

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Overview

Rwanda remains one of the world’s poorest countries, though its progress since the 1994 genocide has been remarkable. Between 2011 to 2014—just three years—poverty dropped from approximately 60 percent to 40 percent. Between 1990 and 2015, the country reduced the under-5 child mortality rate by two-thirds and achieved an extraordinary 85 percent decline in maternal mortality. Rwanda has an abundance of water resources, but improvements to water access remain slow. Piped water access climbed from 68 percent in 2000 to 72 percent in 2015 in urban areas, and actually dropped from 32 percent in 2000 to 27 percent in 2015 in rural areas. Basic sanitation access improved from 42 percent in 2000 to 64 percent in 2015 in rural areas, but it remained unchanged in urban areas during that time period, at 57 percent.

USAID is helping Rwanda address its water and sanitation needs through an integrated program that provides positive benefits for health, food security, and climate resilience among vulnerable populations. USAID is building a water system in one of the country's driest regions that will serve more than 30,000 individuals as well as key community institutions. Other activities focus on building capacity to monitor and manage water resources, develop water and sanitation services, and improve WASH behaviors. USAID also works with the Government of Rwanda to improve its WASH capacity and build a stronger enabling environment for WASH solutions.

 

Source: USAID Development Experience Clearing House (DEC) and specific water activity websites.  The funding level and start/end date shown here reflect the information available via the DEC or activity website at the time the activity was added to Globalwaters.org

*Includes access to both basic and safely managed services