The Republic of Rwanda is a landlocked country in the Great Rift Valley where the African Great Lakes region and East Africa converge. It is one of the smallest countries on the African mainland. It has a population of around 12mm, most of whom are young. Rwanda’s population density is one of the highest in Africa.
Located a few degrees south of the Equator, it is highly elevated, giving it the soubriquet “land of thousand hills”, with its geography dominated by mountains in the west and savannah to the east, with numerous lakes throughout the country. The climate is temperate to subtropical, with two rainy seasons and two dry seasons each year.
Rwanda’s developing economy suffered heavily in the wake of the 1994 genocide, but has since strengthened. The economy is based mostly on subsistence agriculture. Coffee and tea are the major cash crops for export. Tourism is a fast-growing sector and is now the country’s leading foreign exchange earner. The Rwandan Government is seeking to become a regional leader in information and communication technologies. Rwanda has embraced an expansionary fiscal policy to reduce poverty by improving education, infrastructure, and foreign and domestic investment. Rwanda consistently ranks well for ease of doing business and transparency.
The Foundation opened its Rwanda office in May 2021.