UNICEF Rwanda country profile

A brief overview of the Rwandan context and UNICEF programmes and achievements

Children in Rwanda at a preschool hold hands in a circle wearing uniforms


UNICEF began its development work in Rwanda in 1986. After the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, UNICEF's assistance focused on emergency, recovery, and small-scale projects. In 2007-2008, UNICEF's work in Rwanda shifted to larger scale projects and national policy support to key government priority areas. 

The 2018-2023 UNICEF Rwanda Country Programme continues to support the realisation of the rights of every child, especially the most disadvantaged. The programme focuses on seven priority areas: child health, including HIV prevention; nutrition; early childhood development; education; child protection; water, sanitation and hygiene; and social policy and research. 

This country profile document provides a succinct overview of the seven UNICEF programmes in Rwanda, as well as some key achievements in the last few years.

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