Remarks by Rwanda Green Fund CEO at National Forum on Knowledge sharing for Inclusive and Sustainable New Community Development

Opening Address by Hubert Ruzibiza

Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Green Fund

National Forum on Knowledge Sharing for Inclusive and Sustainable New Community Development

It's my pleasure to extend a warm welcome to you and fellow delegates from various countries here with us today.

We are delighted that the Government of Rwanda was selected along with five other countries to roll-out the global Saemaul initiative “Inclusive and Sustainable New Communities” launched jointly by UNDP and the Republic of Korea (ROK) in 2014. It aims to update and scale up elements of Korea's rural development experiences from Saemaul Undong and its application, to create a model for localizing the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. 

We take this opportunity to thank UNDP and Republic of Korea to support the Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA) to develop a web-based Center of Excellence to collect and share knowledge relevant to the promotion and achievement of locally-developed solutions to global environmental challenges – through South-South Cooperation.

Today, we will launch the online center of excellence for knowledge sharing and convene a policy dialogue on Inclusive and Sustainable New Communities.

We have seen a growing engagement of the Government and developing partners to work together to support national programmes. The Government of Rwanda has developed local solutions responding to development challenges in various sectors. The local solutions that have contributed to remarkable socio-economic transformation include Green Villages, the Girinka program and Umuganda. Empowering the community is at the heart of the Government of Rwanda's development approach.

The Rwanda Green Fund, FONERWA, has supported 32 projects that promote the green economy and deal with the impacts of climate change – acting as the avenue through which development partners can contribute to Rwanda’s green growth ambitions.

Turning to the theme of the workshop, we have noted that over the last few years knowledge management programmes are yielding impressive benefits to individuals and corporations when they are designed purposefully and are action-oriented. Today, networks for sharing knowledge are becoming increasingly important and institutions need to be innovative. Knowledge is a public good.

The online knowledge sharing platform we launch today will help facilitate the exchange of available knowledge on tools and practices and connect different institutions, organizations, and individuals generating knowledge for sustainable development.

South-South and triangular cooperation are bold, innovative, and growing means to strengthen cooperation for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. There is substantive evidence showing that South–South cooperation has the potential to accelerate sustainable rural development, in connecting knowledge and experience between countries.

In conclusion, I wish to acknowledge the efforts of various stakeholders in promoting knowledge sharing and your participation in this workshop which promotes sharing of knowledge, experience and recommendations. This is important for the success of Rwanda. I am sure we will share tangible experience and strategies on engaging the community for development. Once again, thank you for being here and I hope you enjoy your stay in remarkable Rwanda. 

I wish you all fruitful deliberations.