Cartier Philanthropy - What we do

What we do


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 (61.3% 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 45% 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 2017; UNDP 2018; UNAIDS 2017; World Bank 2017)

total population (thousands)
GNI per capita
Life expectancy at birth
67 years
Human Development Index
158 (out of 189)
Under-5 mortality rate
Primary school net enrolment
Adult HIV prevalence (% of the population)
People of all ages living with HIV (thousands)
improved access to safe water (% of the population)
moderate-severe underweight (% children under-5)

related programmes

Current partners

One Acre Fund
Women for Women International