Rwanda launches online knowledge sharing platform to support sustainable rural development

The Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA), together with the United Nations Development Programme, and with support from the Republic of Korea, have launched a web-based Center of Excellence to share knowledge relevant to the promotion and achievement of locally-developed solutions to global environmental challenges.
The online Centre of Excellence was launched at a national forum on Knowledge Sharing for Inclusive and Sustainable New Community Development and forms part of a project under the Saemaul Undong approach - a global initiative to reduce poverty and encourage communities to attain sustainable development.
Welcoming participants to the forum, CEO of the Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA), Hubert Ruzibiza, said the platform will play a key role in dispersing knowledge to communities to support economic growth.
“The online knowledge sharing platform we launch today will help facilitate the exchange of knowledge on tools and practices and connect different institutions, organisations, and individuals generating knowledge for sustainable development.”
He also noted the importance of collaboration between developing nations:
“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, by connecting knowledge and sharing experience between countries.”
Addressing guests, Dr Fodé Ndiaye, UN Rwanda Resident Coordinator, commended the groundbreaking project and Rwanda’s continued efforts for inclusive development.
"Rwanda has made tremendous socio-economic progress, translating into real development for citizens. These remarkable results will be enhanced by the implementation of the National Strategy for Transformation," he said. “By sharing its successes through this platform with other countries, Rwanda will be helping others.”
The Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Rwanda, Kim Eung Joong, emphasised the essence of this project that builds on the Korean Saemaul Undong approach.
“UNDP and the Republic of Korea have partnered to promote the SMU-inspired Inclusive and Sustainable New Communities (ISNC) programme in six countries: Rwanda, Uganda, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Bolivia,” Joong said.
Rwanda is the first country to initiate a virtual platform for knowledge management and sharing. 
The launch included a presentation of the new Online Centre of Excellence platform by Eric Karerangabo from the Rwanda Green Fund, Saemaul Undong experiences from other countries, including Uganda and Korea, and award-winning projects from young entrepreneurs. 
In her closing remarks, UNDP Rwanda’s Sophie Nyirabakwiye reminded guests why the Saemaul initiative is worth adopting in Rwanda.
“There are huge impacts of home grown solutions that we have all seen in Rwanda. They simply reflect that spirit of ‘can-do, self-reliance and cooperation’ that we have seen in the Saemaul Initiative.” Nyirabakwiye said.
The Rwanda Green Fund is the national implementing partner for the Centre of Excellence and the broader Saemaul initiative in Rwanda. The fund is working with UNDP to ensure its effective contribution to Rwanda’s achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal and Agenda 2030 by availing knowledge to a wide audience for free. To learn more about the platform, visit
View photos from the forum here