Rwanda is landlocked and has limited mineral resources.  Since the genocide in 1994, the Government of Rwanda has deployed various strategies to grow its economy. 
Despite impressive advancements in social and economic development, Rwanda still faces various challenges. Rwanda has a steady rise in population density. It faces demographic pressure resulting in an annual increase in the working-age population. This growth is substantially larger than the average yearly increase in jobs. The government has rolled out a transformational strategy which aims to create 214,000 off-farm, decent and productive jobs annually. Rwanda is aware that an uneducated workforce remains a major hindrance to an improved economy and has prioritised Technical Education and Vocational Training to uplift its labour force.

facts and Figures

  • Area: 26,338 km²
  • Population: 12.3 million
  • Capital: Kigali

Swisscontact in Rwanda

  • since 2012


Cambodia, Guatemala, Rwanda, Uganda
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Credit Suisse - Swisscontact Initiative to promote entrepreneurship and innovation

The initiative serves to represent entrepreneurship and innovation in developing countries and emerging economies. Through skills transfer and cooperation, select private and public partner institutions work to enhance the economic and social significance of entrepreneurship, fostering entrepreneurial thinking and action.The initiative creates...
Burundi, Rwanda, DR Congo
Initial vocational education and training
Promoting Market Oriented Skills Training and Employment Creation in the Great Lakes Region
The project supports the Governments of Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to improve access, quality and relevance of their respective Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) systems. This addresses the key development challenge of unemployment and underemployment brought about by the low quality of skills...
Sustainable agriculture
Improving Market Systems for Agriculture in Rwanda
Improving Market Systems for Agriculture in Rwanda (IMSAR) helps commercialise agriculture by improving the way agricultural market systems function, making them more effective, participatory (by including poor farmers and other disadvantaged groups) and more competitive.Rwanda is currently going through a transformation process and the...


Gender equality and social inclusion, a step toward achieving accessibility of technical and vocational education training to all youth.
LinkedIn Article: Gender in the TVET System and sustainable TVET School Infrastructure
Building schools and dormitories has been the biggest step toward improving access to the TVET system for young women and ensuring equal presence of young men and women in schools or training centres.

Last week, a delegation visited the constructed boarding facilities in Rwanda, among them the Minister of State for TVET & ICT, Hon Claudette Irere, together with a delegation of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, local authorities and Swisscontact representatives.
The challenging year that was 2020, slowed but didn't stop the implementation of the first of its kind dual training system in Rwanda.
Country Director Rwanda, DR Congo and Burundi
Charles Pouliot


Swisscontact works in Rwanda to reduce youth joblessness, increase incomes of agricultural households, encourage entrepreneurship and innovation for a population living in rural and peri-urban surroundings. Swisscontact strengthens the youth prospects of gainful employment by facilitating technical skills training, developing transition strategies for a more commercialized agricultural sector, and fostering entrepreneurial thinking and action. 

Swisscontact supports youth and the Government of Rwanda to improve access, relevance, and the quality of labour-market-oriented vocational training in the Western Province. The PROMOST project applies short term technical training sessions and apprenticeships to achieve improved income generation and employment possibilities. Swisscontact combines theoretical learning with practical skills and pilots a dual training system.

Swisscontact also works in enterprise promotion to increase the incomes of households. The interventions support market actors to adopt new practices that improve the way market systems work - particularly for the poor and MSMEs. 

Additionally, Swisscontact works with local representatives within the business ecosystem. Initatives allow access to knowledge, project approaches, and resources that enhance economic and social significance while fostering entrepreneurship. 

Promost Project - Project journey and key achievements 2012 -2020
PROMOST (Promoting Market-Oriented Skills Training) in the Great Lakes Region is currently in its eighth year of operations in Rwanda and is about to round up the third phase of the 12-year SDC programme that aims at supporting the Government of Rwanda’s efforts to improve access to as well as quality and relevance of its TVET system. This regional programme extended its activities to Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo during phase 2. PROMOST is financed by SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation). 


Swisscontact in Rwanda

P.O. Box 5504, Kigali, Rwanda
KG 5 Avenue No 83, Kacyiru