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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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.

Michel Nkurunziza - AllAfrica25 Jul 2016

According to the Rwanda National Commission for Children, 2294 out of 3323 have obtained foster families through the "Keeping Children in Families" program.  

Steven Muvunyi - AllAfrica.com22 Jul 2016

Rwanda’s "Tubarere Mu Muryango (TMM)," program, which translates to "Let's raise children in families" has placed over 2000 children in foster families. 

Global Social Service Workforce Alliance2 Jun 2016

This report captures what has been accomplished in social service workforce strengthening in eight countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and highlights areas for future intervention. Progress made to strengthen the social service workforce within these countries is useful when reflecting on global trends and ways forward.

Ignatius Ssuuna - All Africa16 Apr 2016

This article describes how Rwanda successfully reintegrated the children living in orphanages into family care.

Global Communities and Hope and Homes for Children19 Feb 2016

This report highlights stories of some children, youth and families who have been assisted under the Ishema Mu Muryango program. While each of their stories is unique, all highlight some common themes about institutionalization and child abandonment in Rwanda.