In 1994, Rwanda experienced a horrifying genocide that claimed lives of 800,000 people within 3 months, while the international community looked away. The genocide destroyed the social structure of Rwandan society, its economy, and political institutions. Thanks to national efforts, Rwandans have been able to heal, reconcile, and start transforming their country from a killing field to a global role model in nearly all social and economic aspects.
Today Rwanda is praised for its innovative climate policies and gender equality, as well as for being the IT Hub of central and East Africa. With clear vision and determination, Rwandans have managed to turn the national tragedy into opportunity under the Vision 2020. Using sustainable methods in all key sectors such as education, agriculture, energy, urban planning or responsible resource management, Rwanda is one of the few countries in the world that have achieved most of the UN Millennium Development Goals.
Rwanda’s national strategy is to work towards using clean and renewable energy resources in order to boost the development of the country and to put environment and climate solutions at the heart of its national development efforts. We have much to learn about climate innovation and advocacy from Rwanda, compared to other countries. For details, please take a look at Rwanda’s National Strategy for Climate Change and Low Carbon development.