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Rwanda Economy Digitalisation Programme

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The Rwanda Economy Digitalisation Programme is a three-year digital transformation initiative by the Government of Rwanda, the Mastercard Foundation and Cenfri. The programme works with 71point4 and policymakers to develop evidence-based and inclusive policies to reduce poverty and digitise the Rwandan economy.

For more information on this programme, download the brochure or email either the Director General of Innovation and Emerging Technologies at MINICT on or Cenfri’s Digital Transformation Policy Lead on 

Digital Transformation & Data

The evolution of the Rwanda Economy Digitalisation Programme

Through strategic partnerships and focused initiatives, the Rwanda Economy Digitalisation (RED) programme has made significant progress in promoting data-driven decision-making in the country. I sat down with our Partnerships and Country Lead, Arlette Rwakazina, to talk about some of the achievements and challenges of the programme to date. We also

Rwanda Economy Digitalisation Programme

Rwanda Economy Digitalisation Programme launches second phase

Kigali, 08 May 2024 – The Ministry of ICT and Innovation, the Mastercard Foundation and Cenfri announced today, the launch of the second phase of the Rwanda Economy Digitalisation Programme. This phase builds on the successes achieved during phase 1 of the programme and aims to further leverage data analysis

Capacity Building

Navigating a career in data science

There is demand for skilled professionals in the field of data science as organisations are increasingly adopting a data-driven approach. From uncovering valuable insights to driving innovation and strategic decision-making, data scientists play a significant role in practically every industry. Based on insights gained in our capacity development initiatives under

Data and Analytics

Guidance on developing a data and analytics strategy

In today’s data-driven world, many organisations recognise the importance of leveraging data insights to make decisions. However, once they attempt to harness and use their internal data, it becomes clear that data is not standardised and is often housed in different siloes of the organisation. Drawing from our experience in

Data and Analytics

Unique challenges and opportunities for Earth Observation in Rwanda

When I travelled the windy road from Kigali to the Volcanoes National Park to hike up Mount Bisoke, I spent most of my time looking out the window in awe at the scenery. The countryside is plotted and pieced together by thousands of fields of different crops. It is not

Data and Analytics

Case study: Enhancing telecommunications connectivity through data analytics

The Government of Rwanda’s ambitious plan to become a cashless economy by 2024 has seen significant efforts and investments in the cashless and digitalisation agenda. These initiatives have led to the adoption of mobile money as one of the most popular financial transaction channels. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the value

Data and Analytics

Digital payments on the rise in the education sector

Education is of fundamental importance to Rwanda’s economy; and the country has high policy priorities in providing access across the country. Primary and secondary education are free but there are other costs such as contributions to the school feeding programmes, books, etc. The education sector faces various challenges including low

Data and Analytics

Digitalisation and financial inclusion in agriculture

Agriculture is the largest sector in the Rwandan economy, with 75% of the adult population generating their livelihoods from the sector. Its contribution to GDP and export earnings is substantial, accounting for 26% of Rwanda’s GDP value added in 2020. As part of the Rwanda Economy Digitalisation Programme, we conducted

Data and Analytics

Digitalisation is an opportunity to accelerate the recovery of the tourism industry

In the past decade, the government of Rwanda has made significant investments in the tourism sector, positioning it as a vital driver of economic development and decentralization, catering to both domestic and international visitors. As part of the Rwanda Economy Digitalisation Programme, we conducted a landscaping study of the tourism

Digital Africa

Reflections on the policy evolution in Rwanda’s ICT sector

In implementing the Rwanda Economy Digitalisation Programme, Cenfri has worked with multiple stakeholders and partners to acquire datasets to inform policy that will improve the country’s digital economy. As the programme evolves, there is a growing appetite from policy and decision-makers for Cenfri’s data analysis. Our policy associate, Charles Semapondo,