Thanks to the project, I can pay food for my family and school fees.
Ms. Vestine Uwimana
Beneficiary, Member and Worker of COOCEN
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Country Programme Snapshot

Start Date 2003
# of Projects 75
Total Grant Amount US$ 3,088,627
Total cash Co-Financing US$ 402,729
Total In-Kind Co-Financing US$ 1,753,643

Country Portfolio by Area of Work

Climate Change Mitigation
Community Based Adaptation
International Waters
Land Degradation
Global Publications
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This publication showcases over 10 case studies from our climate change portfolio in which youth have played a l,eading role. These projects can serve as a source of inspiration for expanding engagement with youth in addressing climate change. Employing a range of tools, young people have led and promoted the use of renewable energies, carbon footprint mapping, tree planting, disaster risk reduction measures, as well as communicated the urgency of taking action on climate change through environmental awareness raising events. In this process universities, schools, research organizations, media and government departments have played a critical role in partnering with youth organizations and scaling up their efforts.

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Country Impact

GEF SGP Rwanda:

  • Supported 33 projects since 2006.

  • Most of them were pilot projects (now being replicated/up scaled) which promoted new technologies/approaches and targeted vulnerable groups.

  • The biggest impact for GEF SGP Rwanda was in climate change and waste management with technologies introduced/improved : biogas, composting, briquettes and plastic recycling

  • The country programme also successfully promoted bamboo, the mechanical control of water hyacinth in lakes, solar energy.


  • AFRICASAN award (2011) , 2 preselected for SEEDS award 2011.
2011 - SEED Award

Won by Association des Veuves Vulnerables Affectees et Infectees par le VIH/SIDA (AVVAIS) a.s.b.l. - AVVAIS a.s.b.l. (Non-government Organization) : GEF SGP Rwanda is also pleased to inform you that the only winner from Rwanda is a GEF SGP grantee (OP4/Y3). "Project for producing edible mushroom spores" is pioneering the local production of primary mushroom spores through a laboratory run by a cooperative of HIV-infected women and widows. Supported by international organizations and local government authorities, the initiative will make mushroom production accessible to vulnerable members of rural communities as a profitable and high-yield crop requiring little land.


Ms. Laure Bitetera Kananura
National Coordinator
Phone: +250 590443
Fax: +250 576263


UNDP, P.O. Box 445 , Kigali