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Rwanda’s Youth are a major asset of the Country and key drivers for sustainable development, if empowered and well-motivated. The Country has implemented a series of programmes derived from the National Youth Policy since 2006. Most of these programs mainly focused on Youth participation, mobilization and social welfare due to the challenges of the time.

Approved by the Cabinet of Ministers in 2015, a revised youth policy focuses on socio-economic empowerment of the young generation with a clear alignment to EDPRS 2, especially with its thematic area of Productivity and Youth Employment.

According to the 4th Rwanda Population and Household Census of 2012, Based on today’s situation, young Rwandans aged between 0-35 years account for 78.7 % of the Country’s population which is currently over 10.5 million of which 4.16 million are aged between 14 -35 years. Almost 60% of them are employed while 4.1% are unemployed and 37% inactive, of which 75% of the economically inactive are students and 16% look after families.

Unemployment rate is higher among young women (4.9 %) as compared to young men (3.2%). The highest unemployment rate is observed among young active women living in urban areas (13%) and university graduates (13.2%).

However, the revised National Youth Policy defines the category of youth, considering their similar needs and challenges in order to have a comprehensive and targeted programming. From different studies and analysis, it is noted that people with more than 30 years have different needs and challenges compared to those of younger ones below this age especially when it comes to access to finance.  In addition, people above 30 years old do not consider themselves as youth and most of their preoccupation are oriented to having families and taking care of them. Therefore, considering the current priorities and trends of Rwanda’s Development, the definition of Youth in terms of age has been revised in this policy. It was brought from 14–35 years to 16–30 years.

The Government aims to promote a generation of Youth with the right values of Patriotism, Self-reliance, Dignity and Socio-Economically empowered to compete globally for transforming the Country.

Throughout the country, the Youth is:

  • Enabled to utilise their full potential and tap onto existing opportunities for gainful employment, productivity and economic transformation;
  • Encouraged to be innovative and creative especially through the use of ICT;
  • Mobilised for positive behaviour and mindset change towards physical, reproductive and psychosocial health;
  • Nurtured as a civic and a patriotic generation with ethic values.

1. Ministry of Youth and ICT

The Ministry of Youth and ICT develops, coordinates, monitors, evaluates and supports the implementation of policies and strategies that promote youth development aimed at economic and social transformation and a productive and patriotic generation. The ministry is also charged with integrating and disseminating ICT through policy, strategy and action to empower both public and private sectors, in order to accelerate the transformation of Rwanda into a middle-income economy and information society by 2020.


2. National Youth Council

The National Youth Council provides an active advocacy platform for Youth issues.




The ‘Federation Rwandaise de Football Amateur’ (FERWAFA), a non-governmental and non-profit organization has the national mandate to develop and organize football (soccer) competitions throughout Rwanda.

It is the sole institution governing the game in Rwanda and recognized as such by the Government of Rwanda on one hand, and by both the ‘Federation Internationale de Football Amateur’  (FIFA) and the ‘Confederation Africaine de Football’ (CAF) as their member on the other hand.

FERWAFA’s motto is “Unity, Discipline and Victory”.

FERWAFA was founded in 1972. Due to their blue and yellow uniforms, the Rwandan national team is nicknamed “The Wasps”. It was founded in 1972 and became affiliated to FIFA and CAF in 1978.

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The ‘Federation Rwandaise du Cyclisme’ (FERWACY)  is a national non-governmental cycling organization with national interest, having legal personality pursuant to the national law in force. It is affiliated to the Union Cycliste Internationale (“UCI”).

Some of the purposes of FERWACY are to direct, develop, regulate, control and discipline cycling under all forms at the national level; promote cycling in RWANDA and at all levels; organize training courses and workshops for cycling leaders, trainers, commissars, and for other relevant officials for the development of cycling; encourage friendship between all members of the cycling world,  promote sportsmanship and fair play, represent the sport of cycling and defend its interests before the National Olympic Committee and all national authorities and so on.

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3. Rwanda Rugby Federation

The Rwandan Rugby Federation is the official governing body of rugby in Rwanda. While its origins date back to the turn of the millennium, it was formally established in 2009 and is a member of the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) and an associate member of the International Rugby Board (IRB).

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4. Rwanda Cricket Association

Rwanda Cricket Association is the official governing body of Cricket sport in Rwanda. Its current headquarters are located in Kigali, Rwanda. Rwanda Cricket Association is Rwanda's representative at the International Cricket Council and has been a member of that body since 2003. It is also a member of the African Cricket Association.

5. The Rwanda Chess Federation

The Rwanda Chess Federation (FERWADE) is the official Rwandan organization for chess players and chess supporters. One of its objectives is to promote the chess game in Rwanda.

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6. National Paralympic Committee of Rwanda

The National Paralympic Committee of Rwanda is a non-profit organization under the law N°05/1987 from February 18th 1987 having sports and recreation as its mandate. It is based at the Amahoro National Stadium in Kigali.

The National Paralympic Committee of Rwanda was founded on November 1st 2001. It has now 20 associations and sport clubs for people with disabilities as members. It is a member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), of the National Olympic and Sportive Committee of Rwanda (CNOSR), member of APC (African Paralympic Committee) and WOVD (World Organisation of Volleyball for Disabled).

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Every two years Rwanda organises the Pan African Dance Festival (FESPAD) which brings together participants from various countries across the globe, aims at showcasing the culture of these countries through music and dance.

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1. Chancellery for Heroes, National Orders and Decorations of Honour (CHENO)

Chancellery for Heroes, National Orders and Decorations of Honour was established by the constitution of 2003 in its article 186 and it is determined by the law nº 13 bis /2009 of 16/06/2009 determining the responsibilities, structure and functioning of the Chancellery for Heroes, National Orders and Decorations of Honour and domiciled in Kigali-Rwanda.

The mission of Chancellery for Heroes, National Orders and Decorations of Honour (CHENO) is to identify, thank, honour and celebrate the memory of Rwandan citizens or foreigners who distinguished themselves by acts of Heroism and other acts of bravery serving as good examples.

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2. Rwanda Academy of Language and Culture (RALC)

The main mission of Rwanda Academy of Language and Culture (RALC) is to ensure implementation of provision of Articles 50 and 51 of the Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda of 4 June 2003 as amended to date. It also has other specific responsibilities such as safeguarding and promoting Language and Culture, analysing Rwandan Language and Culture in all their forms, commending excellent works in the domain of Language and culture, taking decisions in matters related to Language and Culture. The Vision and Mission statement of the Rwanda Academy of Language and Culture affirms its commitment to deliver the services with: judiciousness, courtesy, understanding, objectivity and impartiality, transparency, accountability, promptness, effectiveness and efficiency.

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3. National Commission for the fight against Genocide (CNLG)

The National Commission for the fight against Genocide (CNLG) was created by law No 09/2007 of 16/02/2007, which stipulates that the Commission is a national, independent and permanent institution. CNLG started operating in April 2008. It has a legal status, administrative and financial autonomy.

The National Commission for the Fight against Genocide has the following organs: An Advisory Council, a Commissioners’ Council and Executive Secretariat. The General mission of CNLG is to prevent, fight against genocide and genocide ideology as well as address genocide consequences both within and outside Rwanda.

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a. Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre

The Kigali Genocide Memorial was opened in April 2004, the tenth anniversary of the start of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. It is now the hub of the Aegis Trust's -the UK-based genocide prevention organization- ongoing work in Rwanda. Audio-visual and GPS documentation projects are in progress, recording and substantiating survivor testimony and recording the Gacaca trial process. Since its opening, the Memorial has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors, including local Rwandans, young people and young leaders from around the Great Lakes region, politicians from the Great Lakes region and beyond — from countries throughout Africa and from the wider international community.

b. The Genocide Archive of Rwanda

The Genocide Archive of Rwanda's collection contains over 8,000 photographs, videos and documents related to the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. Materials about pre-genocide history and post-genocide reconciliation and recovery initiatives in Rwanda are also included. Browse through and search to find specific content that may be of interest to you.

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4. The Institute of National Museums of Rwanda

The Institute of National Museums of Rwanda (INMR) is a government institution, which was inaugurated in September 18, 1989 with one ethnographic museum based in Huye district-Southern Province officially known as the National Museum of Rwanda. Since 2004 six other museums have been opened countrywide.

The INMR’s mission is to collect, preserve, research, and present Rwandese past and present cultural and natural national heritage. The vision is to provide museums and heritage sites around the country with a platform for educating and exposing Rwandan Cultural and Natural richness.

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