Rural settlement in Rwanda

An assessment of land management and livelihoods

Summary:

This report seeks to understand some of the issues faced by the residents of Rwanda's planned rural settlements (imidugudu) and explore ways in which various partners can support them to solve these problems. While the majority of residents interviewed for our research said they prefer living in imidugudu to in isolated homes, most qualified this by saying that changes need to be made to truly make the settlements satisfactory places to live. Residents should be empowered to work together on improvement schemes and at the policy level there is the need for better planned and serviced rural settlements.