Rwanda gets $10m EU grant to rehabilitate rural roads

Rwanda has gotten a €10 million ($10.4 million) grant from the European Union, to continue the rehabilitation and maintenance of 200 kilometres of rural roads in the country.

Ambassador Michael Ryan, who led the Delegation of the European Union to Rwanda noted that a large percentage of Rwandans depend on good roads to boost their economic activities, hence the EU’s commitment to building rural roads.

“Rural roads provide the backbone of economic activity for nearly 80 percent of Rwanda’s citizens, most of who depend on farming and small scale commerce for their livelihoods. EU financial support has the ultimate objective of reducing poverty and improving living conditions for Rwandans.”

The payment is the final stage of the €40 million ($41.7 million) under the framework of the Sector Policy Support Programme for the improvement of the rural road network in Rwanda over 6 years.

The road networks facilitates access to markets and basic economic and social services as well as enhancing access to food and improve rural policies at the local level.

Ryan said 80 percent of the EU’s assistance is budget support, a sign of the bloc’s confidence in Rwanda’s economic management.