Assessment of Humanitarian Industry’s Role on Social Economic Development of Rwanda’s Rural Areas: A Case Study of World Vision International Rwanda Programme in Nyamagabe District, 1994 — 2007.

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Kampala International University, Masters of Public Administration and Management
The major challenge facing the Rwandan economy is the issue of low levels of economic growth and economic development and this problem is most felt in rural areas. Rwanda still experiences health problems, low levels of per capita incomes, high levels of illiteracy, high levels of poverty, low levels of education, high levels of infant and maternal mortality rates, lack of basic needs, low levels of life expectancy, under developed social and economic infrastructure, poor standards of living, hunger, lack of safe water and proper sanitation, malnutrition, issues of unity and reconciliation, low levels ofcredit extension schemes and poor methods of agriculture. The study was therefore carried out to find the major challenges facing the Rwandan economy and how various stakeholders such as the NGOs are working towards overcoming such challenges. This study was carried out in Nyamagabe district and the researcher employed both qualitative and quantitative methods ofdata collection. The key findings of this research study indicated that the role of NGOs interventions in different sectors of the economy have significantly contributed towards improved living standards of the rural population by increasing house holds incomes, wealth and accumulation of home assets. However, limited funds and high community vulnerability have made WVR not to fully alleviate Nyamagabe rural poverty. The conclusions drawn show that the role of NGOs interventions in Rwanda’s rural areas is of paramount importance and can not be underestimated. However, the fight against rural poverty still remains at large. The researcher recommends that the government should encourage and support positive NGOs interventions and offer legal facilitation other than viewing them with suspicion and competitors because their contributions towards social — economic development of rural areas can not be under estimated and has been recognized world wide
A Thesis Submitted To The School Of Post Graduate Studies In Partial Fulfillment Of The Requirements For The Award Of Tile Degree Of Masters Of Public Administration And Management Of The Institute Of Open And Distance Learning Of Kampala International University.
Assessment of Humanitarian Industry’s Role on Social Economic Development of Rwanda’s Rural Areas, Nyamagabe District