Knowledge Matters – DRC WASH Consortium
This issue of Knowledge Matters captures the experiences and learning from the WASH Consortium, lead by Concern in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Despite Rwanda’s recent positive record in development and economic growth the country continues to face significant challenges. Rwanda is ranked 151 out of 187 on the Human Development Index (2014) and has an economic growth rate of 8 percent. The prevalence of underweight children has improved, but Rwanda continues to battle with persistently high levels of chronic malnutrition (stunting) at 44 percent. Recent figures show poverty is now at 39.1% and extreme poverty is 16 percent.
Concern Worldwide has been operational in Rwanda since 1994 focusing on health, education, agriculture and social protection. The graduation programme targeting the extreme poor with labour capacity forms a major part of the current country programme and is likely to continue to do so in the medium-term. This evaluation is therefore a timely and useful reflection for informing future programming in Rwanda as well as Concern’s organisational learning for other country programmes interested in adapting the graduation model to their contexts.
This is the final evaluation of the unleashing the productive capacity of the extreme poor graduation programme implemented in Rwanda.