Baseline evaluation of "Developing Human Capital in Rwanda" programme

Harnessing the power of integrated programming for nutrition and early childhood development

Three children at a UNICEF supported early childhood development centre sip porridge for breakfast.


In Rwanda, close to 800,000 children under the age of 5 are stunted. This high prevalence of stunting is an obstacle to human capital development. In addition, approximately one third of young children in Rwanda are not reaching their full potential and only around 6 in 10 young children are developmentally on track.

The "Developing Human Capital in Rwanda" programme is a four-year programme funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, implemented from 2017 to 2020 in partnership with the Government of Rwanda. Focusing on 14 of Rwanda's 30 districts, this programme aims to reduce stunting while promoting early child development. 

This baseline study provides information on child and maternal health, child nutrition, WASH, ECD and social protection in seven of the 14 focus districts. These districts were specifically targeted for high levels of poverty and presence of social protection programmes. 

EKN Baseline Cover 2020
UNICEF Rwanda; Partners in Health
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