Rwanda Green Fund to sign Memorandum of Understanding with R20 to develop Pilot Smart Green Village

The Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with 20 Regions of Climate Action (R20) of the Global Alliance for Smart Cities and Smart Villages in Africa (GASCA) tomorrow, October 10, 2019. This MoU aims to launch a 'proof of concept’ in Rwanda which, if successful, will lead to a large scale deployment of smart villages across the country and Africa at large.

The MoU will establish collaboration between the Rwanda Green Fund and R20 with the purpose of developing a pilot smart village in Rwanda that will serve as a proof-of-concept (POC). It will provide guidance to a project composed of two stages, including the pilot smart village site selection and corresponding detailed proposal development on roles and responsibilities to deliver the pilot smart village.

As the Green village is a village developed economically using natural resources in a sustainable manner, without affecting the natural environment, the added term “Smart” to Green Village, refers to the incorporation of appropriate Information Communication Technology (ICT) capabilities for the Green Villages. The climate smart village approach is a key initiative to address climate change challenges on food security, promote adaptation and build resilience to climatic stresses. They are ‘lighthouses’ that demonstrate how communities can test, co-develop and adopt integrated portfolios of options to increase their resilience to climate change.

The concept of smart green villages ensures that climate-smart housing development initiatives are properly aligned with socio-cultural and environmental circumstances. Community engagement ensures they are empowered to identify what they see as priorities and included in the decision-making process.

The MoU will ensure both the Rwanda Green Fund and R20 work on two possible scenarios - revamping up and enhancing an existing village or creating a smart village by gathering various settlements together around a pioneering smart solutions-based infrastructure through conducting in-depth investigation to define best location and exact scope of the project.

This project ideally targets at least 200 to 300 people and should be located in a rural area with existing or potential activities in the field of agriculture and be sufficiently distant from other villages and locations in order to test the impact of sustainable energy use, connectivity and smart mobility solutions.

About 20 Regions of Climate Action (R20) and the Global Alliance for Smart Cities and Smart Villages in Africa (GASCA)

GASCA is a multi-skilled alliance founded by top African companies and global players sharing a common vision around the importance to build sustainable innovative solutions in Africa. GASCA brings together private sector companies and experts able to propose state-of-the-art solutions adapted to both cities and rural areas and designed to improve living conditions while offering economic opportunities through productive uses of sustainable energy and the Internet.

GASCA's objective is to mobilise, on a large scale, the private sector, the public sector and civil society to co-construct new, renewable, digitally-enhanced, large-scale, impact-based solutions targeting local communities and meeting their needs. GASCA'S secretariat is managed by R20 with the support of the AfroChampions Initiative.

R20 Regions of Climate Action is a consortium of private companies and not-for-profit international organisations founded by Arnold Schwarzenegger that works to support sub-national governments around the world to develop and secure financing for green infrastructure projects.