Rwanda finds keys to pro-poor growth
Improved agricultural production and community-based solutions are just some of the factors that have helped Rwanda reduce the proportion of people living in poverty from 56.7% to 44.9% over the last five years, according to a major household survey in the country. A strong sense of local ownership for pro-poor policies, coupled with increased GDP growth, also played a key role.
The Integrated Household Living Conditions survey, which was carried out by Rwanda’s National Institute of Statistics, with technical support from OPM’s team, found significant improvements across most poverty-related indicators at a national and district level, including increases in primary and secondary school enrolment, health insurance and access to safe drinking water. Inequality also fell.
Unusually for Africa, the results from the survey were published just three months after the fieldwork was completed, enabling policymakers to concentrate quickly on the measures that had the greatest impact and the areas where more needs to be done. Overall, more than 14,000 households were surveyed. Together with the Rwandan Government, OPM will finalise thematic reports for the EDPRS pillars by June 2012.
To find out more about the Integrated Household Living Conditions Survey (EICV3) download the reports below.