Social Protection, Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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Social Protection

One UN supports the design and delivery of social assistance programmes for the most poor and vulnerable, through support to national social protection programmes, such as the Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme (VUP), Mutuelle de santé34, piloting a home-grown school feeding programme, and others.

The programme supports the social protection sector to develop an integrated system through modelling social protection programmes based on livelihood analysis and participatory community-led planning and prioritisation. The models have a robust monitoring and evaluation component for programme and policy formulation. Technical assistance is provided to develop and scale up national social protection programmes and to implement comprehensive child care system reform.


Water Sanitation and Hygiene

Approximately 29% of population in Rwanda does not have an access to improved water source while 25% do not have access to an improved sanitation facility. Lack of access to improved water and sanitation facilities and poor hygiene practices in Rwanda, particularly in rural areas, is contributing to high incidence of water, sanitation and hygiene related mortality and morbidity. Due to low coverage of improved water supply, women and girls in rural areas have to walk long distances in difficult hilly terrain to fetch water from unprotected sources. This not only affects the physical conditions of women and girls adversely but also their economic productivity, as fetching water takes bulk of the time from their hectic daily routine.  Lack of appropriate water and sanitation services and poor hygiene is also contributing to high stunting among children in Rwanda due to diarrheal diseases and environmental enteropathy.   

The WASH component of One UN Programme, through strong multi-sectoral partnership with the Government, aims to  contribute towards efforts of the Government of Rwanda to reduce mortality and morbidity due to WASH related diseases and child stunting as well as improvement of gender equality and education outcomes through accelerating access to improved water and sanitation facilities in communities, schools and health centres.  The One UN also continues to support strengthening of institutional and policy framework in the WASH sector, with a strong focus on sustainability, as well as improved sector coordination and knowledge management.

Success stories

07 Nov

WFP innovation has promoted small-holder farmers’ savings and loan access from micro-finance institutions

Click to read more about a pilot scheme currently being implemented by WFP with NGO partner ICCO-TERAFINA, aimed at linking small-holder farmers to financial institutions through solidarity savings groups as part of WFP’s Farm to Market Alliance activities (FtMA),

09 May

To reduce maternal deaths, look to midwives

Midwives like Mr. Umuhoza have played a key role in reducing maternal mortality rates in Rwanda. On 5 May each year, the world celebrates the International Day of the Midwife, which recognizes the critical need for these professionals around the world.

12 Oct

Increasing the Impact of School Meals in Rwanda

In the poorest and most food insecure districts of Rwanda school meals are a lifeline for many families.  A daily school meal provides a strong incentive to send children to school and keep them there (especially girls), it helps to increase school enrollment and attendance, decrease drop-out rates, and improve learning.

20 Sep

‘I am proud to save lives of mothers’

Read about Burcard Umuhoza, a male midewife practicing in Rubavu District, who with the support of UNFPA is helping make a difference in the lives, health and wellbeing of women in the area. 

05 Aug

Rwanda: Malnutrition Rates Improve Among Refugee Children

A recent nutrition survey has found that rates of malnutrition have improved significantly in all six of the refugee camps in Rwanda, in part because of the World Food Programme’s intensive work to treat and prevent undernutrition among mothers and young children.

13 Jul

Sculpting to Express Empathy in Kiziba refugee camp

Click through to read about Macumu Maurice, a 48 year old sculptor, who fled Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and sought refuge in Rwanda in 2003. Despite facing seemingly insurmountable odds, Maurice has managed to continue enjoying life and providing for his family through his one and only passion: sculpting. 

08 Jun

School meals: UN contribution to nutrition and education

Delivering as One UN: WFP and UNHCR collboration helps alleviate the pain and suffering of refugees such as Boduine Amani, 13, and Furaha Ange, 27, and countless others, keeping the flame of hope alive in their lives. 

19 Jun

A partnership to end Gender-Based Violence

Rwanda holds the world record for the percentage of females in parliament (64%).  Despite this impressive report record on female political empowerment, gender-based Violence (GBV) among women and girls remains challenge.

12 Jun

Strengthening Labour Migration Management in Rwanda

Due to its geographical location, Rwanda continues to host t

29 Apr

UN Women Supports Expellees

In mid-2013, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete ordered the deportation of 20,000 Kinyarwanda speakers, stating that, given the improvements in safety and security in their country of origin, ‘all Rwandans can safely return’.

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