Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme

A UN-HABITAT programme in cooperation with the European Commission and the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Secretariat. Read more

Rwanda Phase 2

Rwanda joined the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme in 2012. Its population was 10,624,000 in 2010.


Rwanda in the late 1990s experienced a very high annual urban growth rate of more than 17 per cent as the country rebuilt itself after a severe conflict; the urban growth rate slowed down to 7 percent between 2000 and 2005, and to just over 4 percent between 2005 and 2010 (estimates). At the same time, rapid urbanization in Rwanda over the last decade has gone hand in hand with healthy economic indicators as annual economic growth rates have ranged between 3 and 9 percent since 2002. Although today less than 20 percent of Rwanda’s population is urban, the proportion is expected to rise to nearly 30 percent by 2030.


Rwanda managed to reduce urban consumption inequalities in a dynamic economic environment where GDP growth ranged between 4 and 6.5 percent.


However, there is a serious problem of malnutrition in Rwanda, where more than four out of 10 children suffered from stunted growth resulting from malnutrition throughout the survey years.


Rwanda has made progress in “strengthening local government structures as cornerstones of its post-conflict recovery strategy”.


Profiled cities

To be announced soon


Current status

Phase 1: Urban profiling – forthcoming

Phase 2: Action planning and programme document formulation – forthcoming

Phase 3: Project implementation – forthcoming