Demographic Data

  • Total population: 11.34 million
  • Population under 15 years: 41%
  • Life Expectancy at Birth: 64 years
  • Human Development Index: 163 out of 188
  • World Bank Status: Low income
  • HIV/AIDS Prevalence: 2.8 %
  • Mean Household Composition: 4.3 persons
  • Female-Headed Households: 31%
  • Early Marriage (% of children married by 18 years): 14%

Sources: World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP HDR 2015, DHS 2014/2015

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The New Times8 Sep 2017

Rwanda's National Commission for Children (NCC) is implementing the Integrated Child Rights Policy (ICRP), which will continue support for more coordinated and comprehensive services for children, including the national Child Care Reform program and addressing issues pertaining to children living and working on the street. 

Olivia Muragijimana - The New Times30 Jun 2017

Over 3000 children from orphanages in Rwanda have been reintegrated into family-based care since 2012, reports an official from the National Children's Council. 

Jonna Karlsson - UNICEF23 Jun 2017

This UNICEF presentation describes the need for social service workforce strengthening in East and Southern Africa and presents recommendations based on a case example from Rwanda. 

Elsa Laurin - UNHCR21 Jun 2017

This UNHCR presentation provides an overview of alternative care for children in East African refugee contexts.

Moses Opobo - The New Times 8 Jun 2017

The first week of June 2017 marked the conclusion of the three month 'Tubarerere Mu Muryango' (Let’s raise children in families) campaign in Rwanda. A joint effort led by Mashirika Performing Arts and Media Company, the campaign used theater, artwork and poetry to reach out to parents, caregivers and local authorities to promote support for Rwanda's recent efforts toward safe reintegration of children in orphanages/institutions into family based care in the country.

Emily Delap, Camilla Jones, Helen Karki Chettri -- Children and Youth Services Review21 Dec 2016

This article discusses the results of a cross-country research project in Sub-Saharan Africa regarding the impact of social protection on loss of parental care, support to foster or kinship care and quality of care and wellbeing in Sub-Saharan Africa.

CPC Learning Network19 Dec 2016

CPC Learning Network Associate Director, Mark Canavera, Janis Ridsdel from UNHCR, Sara Lim from UNICEF, and Nathalie Bussien, UNHCR Child Protection Officer in Rwanda will host a webinar on “Determining Acceptable Customary Caregiving Arrangements with Congolese Refugees in Rwanda” on Monday, December 19 from 9:00-10:30 am EDT. 

Saeed Rahman, Simran Chaudhri, Lindsay Stark and Mark Canaver -- Forced Migration Review1 Oct 2016

According to this article from Forced Migration Review, when the majority of aid comes from external sources, it can cause those who receive the aid to feel powerless. 

Michel Nkurunziza - AllAfrica.com24 Aug 2016

Civil society organizations and the National Children's Council (NCC) have appealed for more commitment and support to abandoned babies.

Family for Every Child26 Jul 2016

Family for Every Child, in partnership with the Centre for Social Protection at the Institute for Development Studies, just announced the launch of its Cash for Care: Making Social Protection Work for Children’s Care and Well-being Report.