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On October 15, 2008 the MCC and Rwanda signed a three-year, $24.7 million threshold program focused on civic participation and civil liberties. The program will provide training, technical support and grants to local and national civil society organizations and expand citizen engagement by supporting independent community radio stations. In addition, the program will reinforce Rwanda’s efforts to improve the capacity of the judiciary and help enact legislative reforms that will strengthen civil liberties, human rights and civic participation. Finally, the program will boost training and technical assistance to journalists and the Rwandan National Police in an effort to further transparency and professionalism. The program is due to conclude in December 2011. Rwanda was originally selected for the threshold program in FY2007. Learn more about the MCC's threshold program.

For comparison, review Rwanda's most recent Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (2008).

Country Eligibility 

In the FY2011 selection process, Rwanda passed three of six Ruling Justly indicators, four of five Investing in People indicators, and all six Economic Freedom indicators. Rwanda is a low income country (LIC).

Review Rwanda's performance on the FY2011 selection indicators

Review Rwanda's performance on the FY2010 selection indicators

Review Rwanda's performance on the FY2009 selection indicators

Review Rwanda's performance on the FY2008 selection indicators

Review Rwanda's performance on the FY2007 selection indicators

Review Rwanda's performance on the FY2006 selection indicators

Review Rwanda's performance on the FY2005 selection indicators

Review Rwanda's performance on the FY2004 selection indicators

Learn more about the MCC's country selection process 

Country Facts

Data are for 2009 (or most recent year available)

 Per capita income (GNI, current USD)

$460

 Poverty rate ($2 a day)

90.3%

 GDP growth (annual)

5.3%

 Population, total

9,997,614

 Rural population (% of total)

81%

 Life expectancy

50 yrs

 Literacy rates

70%

Source: World Development Indicators 2010

Rwanda Country Brief from the World Bank

Other U.S. Policies

Review the USAID Rwanda Mission website

Review USAID's strategy in Rwanda

Other Donors

The top three donors to Rwanda in 2009 were:

Donor

Gross ODA,
2008-2009 average
(USD millions)

 United States

132

 World Bank IDA

127

 EU Institutions

105

Source: OECD/DAC database
*ODA is official development assistance

Other Resources 

MCC Rwanda webpage

U.S. Department of State country profile providing background on Rwanda's history and U.S.-Rwanda relations

World Bank projects in Rwanda