April 2012|Bruno Versailles|Country Learning Notes,

This note discusses aid management in Rwanda between 2002-2011.

 

Summary

  • Between 2002 and 2006 there was an increase in the amount of budget support Rwanda received.
  • The government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy paper, together with the Rome and Paris declarations, helped Rwanda’s political leadership and like-minded development partners to push a harmonisation and alignment agenda.
  • The release of the 2006 Aid Policy proved to be a watershed moment in the history of aid management in Rwanda. It was strong on government ownership of the development agenda and gave the Rwandan government a framework by which to hold development partners to account.
  • The 2008 Aid Procedures Manual (adopted by Cabinet in 2011), together with other recent initiatives, showed the government’s determination for project aid to use Rwanda’s own systems.
  • Improvements in the quality of the Rwandan government’s public finance management systems have not been matched by increased use of country systems by donors.

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