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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UNICEF Rwanda16 Oct 2017

This video from UNICEF Rwanda shows some of the moving stories of children and their new families who have been brought together through the TMM initiative, which reintegrates children who have been living in institutions into families and the community. 

Fred K. Nkusi - The New Times9 Oct 2017

Rwanda recently lifted its ban on intercountry adoptions, causing concern over acting in the best interests of the child in any given case and whether proper monitoring mechanisms are in place to ensure the safety of adoptees. 

Athan Tashobya - The New Times4 Oct 2017

Faith leaders in Rwanda are being urged to contribute to child protection efforts by engaging families to prevent violence and family separation. 

iNews3 Oct 2017

Implementation of comprehensive care reform strategy in Rwanda has led to a successful transition from a system dependent on insitutionalization to one that embraces family-based care. 

Kalinda Brenda - KT Press22 Sep 2017

At convening of the Global First Ladies Alliance in New York, Rwanda's First Lady Jeannette Kagame shared the successes of Rwanda's care reform. 

Diane Mushimiyimana - The New Times21 Sep 2017

Inter-country adoption has been reinstated in Rwanda after government updated structures and mechanisms required under the Hague Convention. 

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.