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


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...
Nepal, Rwanda, Ethiopia
Sustainable agriculture
Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness Programme
The project aims to involve smallholder farmer businesses sustainably in agricultural value chains, thereby improving their living conditions and economic situation. By building inclusive agricultural systems, smallholder farmers will have improved access to markets, information, and means of production. Additionally, the project emphasizes...


Empowering women through vocational education and training
In Rwanda, Swisscontact empowers women through holistic vocational education and training (VET), coaching in entrepreneurship, and mentorship for business development while addressing the challenges women face in their daily lives.
Initial vocational education and training
Swisscontact created the Igiceri Savings Programme in partnership with Micro Finance Institutes in Rwanda to help trainees and graduates from TVET schools start saving and raising their working capital, which paves the way for them to start their own micro-enterprises or access a bank loan after graduation.
Uganda, Guatemala, Cambodia, Rwanda, Albania
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Key Learnings and Recommendations of the Credit Suisse – Swisscontact initiative
What are the key components of successful entrepreneurial ecosystems?

And how do you influence and measure them?In 2018, Swisscontact embarked on a journey with the Credit Suisse Foundation and a group of local partners with the aim of contributing to creating better conditions for opportunity-driven entrepreneurs in developing and emerging economies.
Country Director
Roman Troxler


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
The Great Lakes Region is one of the most densely populated and least urbanised areas on the African continent. In Rwanda, Burundi, and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), subsistence agriculture remains the backbone of the economy and employs a majority of available labour. At the same time, governments are well aware that in the interest of economic growth, substantial investments in non-agricultural activities are needed to increase employment and incomes. 

The governments of these three countries have made skills development their stated national priority and place special emphasis on vocational training and continued education. The creation of a demand-oriented, flexible, inclusive, and high-quality vocational education system is key to rapid economic growth, fair distribution of income, and the development of a healthy society.

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Swisscontact in Rwanda

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