Multi-Donor civil society support programme in Rwanda

Project completed

The program aims at strengthening the capacity of Rwanda civil society to engage constructively on policy, planning and monitoring issues in order to contribute to improved development results and to promote social cohesion, good governance and human rights. It strengthens dialogue and accountability platforms between civil society and Rwandan authorities, including at local level, in conformity with Rwanda’s objectives of accountable governance.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Human rights
Rule of Law - Democracy - Human rights
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
01.01.2016 - 31.08.2019
CHF  2’002’453

Rwanda has made notable progress improving service delivery and the environment for economic development. Yet, civil society’s role in holding authorities accountable and contributing to the design, implementation and monitoring of well-informed policies is still lacking. The 2014 Rwanda governance score card stressed the need to increase civil socity participation. With its Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (2013-2018) and vision 2020, Rwanda is committed to strengthening public accountability, transparency and efficiency in deploying resources and delivering services. Meaningful participation by Rwanda civil society is made difficult by a lack of capacity, the speed of reform in the country and a constrained space.


To strengthen state-society interactions through support to civil society and government institutions, contributing to make governance more accountable, inclusive and evidence based, as well as to strengthen Civil Society to become increasingly effective at supporting social cohesion, reconciliation, and good governance, and influencing government on key policy issues.

Target groups

Civil society organisations (CSOs), professional organisations, media or research organisations.
Governement authorities, Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), decentralised platforms, such as Joint Action Development Forum.

Medium-term outcomes
  • Constructive and inclusive engagement by citizens in accountability and planning processes is facilitated.
  • Government capacity to engage with civil society through accountability and planning mechanisms, including at local level, is strengthened.
  • The quality of accountability, planning and policy mechanisms, to creating an enabling environment for constructive and inclusive engagement is strengthened.

Expected results:  

  • A strategy is developed and implemented on supporting civil society’s ability to engage on policy, planning, M&E and public accountability.
  • Interventions are implemented to support constructive interaction on policy, planning M&E and public accountability.
  • Research on governance issues is supported to strengthen engagement between civil society and Government.
  • The program promotes coordination between donor complementary programs and between civil society organisations.

Results from previous phases:  


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
Foreign state institution
  • National State Institute North

Coordination with other projects and actors

Regional media program 7F-08819.01
Transborder dialogue (Interpeace)  7F-08815.01
It is a basket fund supported by UK, US and Sweden

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    2’002’453 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    1’907’322
Project phases Phase 2 01.01.2019 - 28.02.2022   (Current phase)

Phase 1 01.01.2016 - 31.08.2019   (Completed)