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A fast-changing country 

Small, landlocked and with a population of nearly 12 million people, Rwanda is a densely populated east African country. Most people are farmers, and agriculture is the mainstay of the country’s economy. The population of Rwanda is rural and young – about 43% of its people are under 15. Nurturing and inspiring this new generation is vital. The current Government has focused on political stability and economic growth. This has seen substantial improvements for the people, but more still needs to be done.

In the last 20 years, political instability has led to over 150,000 people leaving these countries and settling in refugee camps in Rwanda. The Rwandan Government and aid agencies work to provide basic services for people in these camps, but everyday life is still a struggle and access to electricity is scarce.

Our work in Rwanda focuses on energy that transforms and farming that works, drawing from our experience supporting energy access for people in refugee camps and our international work.


Practical Action launches new phase of Renewable Energy for Refugees project in Rwanda

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Our change ambitions in Rwanda


We’ve been awarded the Zayed Future Energy Prize in recognition of our pioneering approach to renewable energy and sustainability.


Funding Partners

Funding partners for our work in Rwanda include:

  • IKEA Foundation
  • Sida
  • People’s Postcode Lottery