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Rwanda

Located in the heart of the Great Lakes Region in Central Africa, Rwanda has made remarkable progress since the 1994 genocide, particularly in promoting good governance and delivering essential services to the poor. It is known worldwide for its zero tolerance for corruption and promotion of gender equality (57.5% of parliamentarians are women, the highest proportion of female representation in the world). Rwanda has its own vision to transform its agriculture-based economy into a knowledge-based hub for business and information technology by 2020. The country recently joined both the East African Community and the Commonwealth of Nations. Despite impressive development, Rwanda remains one of the poorest countries in the world, with 60% of the population living below the poverty line and an economy mainly dependent on rainfed agriculture. With a high fertility rate of 3.8 births per woman, Rwanda is also the most densely-populated country in Africa, with half of its citizens under the age of 18. (Sources: UNICEF 2016; UNDP 2016)

total population (thousands)
11,610
GNI per capita
700$
Life expectancy at birth
65 years
Human Development Index
163 (out of 188)
Under-5 mortality rate
42‰
Primary school net enrolment
96%
Adult HIV prevalence (% of the population)
2.8%
People of all ages living with HIV (thousands)
210
improved access to safe water (% of the population)
76%
moderate-severe underweight (% children under-5)
9%

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