For decades, Rwandans have been migrating into different parts of the world for socioeconomic reasons. Thus, the Rwandan diaspora is present across the world and continues to support the building of a united and a dynamic Rwandan Community Abroad (RCA) actively involved in strengthening its relations and cooperation with their host countries. Rwanda considers its citizens living abroad as a relevant and integral constituency of the country and recognizes the vital role they play in its political and socio-economic development. To this effect, it deploys necessary means to sensitize them to act as catalysts through skills and knowledge transfer; innovation; business, trade or investment.
In 2018, a diaspora mapping exercise was conducted in Europe (Germany, UK, Netherlands and Belgium) by IOM and MINAFFET. This exercise aimed at providing an insight into the diasporas’ socioeconomic profiles, professional skills and expertise, and assessing their capacity, interests and motivation to participate in the development process of their country of origin, Rwanda.
47,357 Rwandans live in the four focal countries in Europe. This sizable number corresponds to 13.7 per cent of the global Rwandan migration stock. Belgium hosts most Rwandans abroad, followed by the United Kingdom; the Netherlands and Germany host smaller numbers. In all four countries, there is a high interest, capability and willingness to participate and integrate into the economic and socio-cultural development of Rwanda.
Following the mapping exercises, IOM and the Government of Rwanda, are implementing two diaspora engagement initiatives in the TVET and Health Sectors.
1. Diaspora Engagement to support the TVET Sector in Rwanda:
The objective of this project is to address the needs of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector in Rwanda through the engagement of Rwandan diaspora residing in Belgium and Germany. Highly qualified professionals will temporarily relocate to Rwanda in order to give a training of trainers (ToT) to TVET professors and students in identified priority courses of the Rwanda Polytechnic’s (RP) host institutions, namely in the eight Integrated Polytechnic Regional Colleges (IPRCs) across the country.
2. Diaspora Engagement in the Rwandan Health Sector:
This project intends to engage qualified Rwandan health professionals, residing in France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK who wish to participate to the project to provide health services into ten identified hospitals and transfer their skills, knowledge and technology to Rwanda’s health sector.
Summary of project
-to contribute to the development of Rwanda in the TVET and health sectors
-Rwandans living in Belgium or Germany and qualified in the TVET sector.
-Rwandan health professionals living in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands or the UK
-skills and knowledge transfer
-application by 31 December 2020.
-placement until 31 May 2021 (TVET) / 31 August (Health)
-8 IPRCs: Kicukiro, Tumba, Ngoma, Karongi, Musanze, Huye, Kitabi, Gishari.
-10 identified hospitals: Kabgayi District Hospital, Kibuye Referral hospital, Bushenge Provincial hospital, Murunda District Hospital, Gisenyi District Hospital, Ruhengeri Referral hospital, Butaro District hospital, Kibungo Referral hospital, Nyagatare district hospital, Kibagabaga District hospital.
WEBINAR 28 NOVEMBER:
We are pleased to invite the Rwandan community living in the Netherlands to participate in the 2nd Series of webinars scheduled on Saturday 28 November 2020 on the diaspora engagement projects in the health sector.
The Webinar for the Health sector project will start from 2H30 PM to 04H00PM Kigali time. Registration is mandatory at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to download the information package.
Click here for more information on the TVET project.
Click here for more information on the health project.