Rwanda—Human and Institutional Capacity Development Project (HICD)

Client: U.S. Agency for International Development

Duration: 2012-2017

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Country: Rwanda

Solutions: Economic Growth Governance

Rwanda presents a compelling opportunity for Human and Institutional Capacity Development (HICD) implementation. As a regional leader in promoting aid effectiveness, Rwanda has received accolades for its clear and time-bound plans that define its development priorities. The Government of Rwanda (GOR) rightly recognizes that the country’s capacity to implement these plans is pivotal to its ability to drive its own agenda.

To this end, DAI worked to strengthen institutional and human capacity in targeted GOR institutions, as well as in civil society organizations that work closely with or support the objectives of USAID/Rwanda. Our Performance for Development approach linked HICD outcomes directly to development impacts by: 1) advancing Rwandan Government development priorities, including stability, gender equity, and productive high-value and market-oriented agriculture; 2) supporting USAID/Rwanda development outcomes in technical sectors such as governance, food security, economic growth, health, and education; and 3) creating a demand for future HICD initiatives by linking HICD directly to results that matter to citizens.

Over the life of the five-year project, HICD/R conducted more than 170 training sessions, and supported the foundation of a community of practice devoted to professionals interested in the field of performance improvement. HICD/R aided 11 civil society organizations working in the fields of agriculture, health, education, and reconciliation, and four Government of Rwanda institutions: the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, the Capacity Development and Employment Services Board, the Rwanda Management Institute, and the National Women’s Council.

Watch the video to learn more about the impact of HICD/R:

Sample Activities

  • Support government ministries to improve their financial management and procurement functions.
  • Assist civil society organizations in improving their corporate governance.
  • Develop performance monitoring systems to measure impact of institutional development support on service delivery.

Select Results

  • Assessed Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and civil society organizations involved in agriculture; implemented for them a Performance Solutions Package.
  • Received and reviewed applications from consultants and consulting firms, which will form a community of practice dedicated to fostering effective social, economic, and environmental development.
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