Rwanda Today – Fact Sheet

The world Economic Forum; Global competitive Index (2016-2017);

  • The Global Competitive Index (2016-2017) and Africa Competitive Report (2017) ranks Rwanda as 3rd competitive economy in Africa (after Mauritius, South Africa), 52nd globally.
  • The World Economic Forum, 2016 Global Gender Gap Report: Rwanda is ranked 5th globally and continues to be Africa’s top performer, and the only African country ranked in the global top 10, marking progress this year in women empowerment. The Global Gender Gap Report quantifies the magnitude of gender disparities and tracks their progress over time, with a specific focus on the relative gaps between women and men across four key areas: health, education, economy and politics. The report indicates that no country in the world has fully closed its gender gap, but four out of the five Nordic countries and, for the first time this year, Rwanda has closed more than 80% of theirs.

World Bank Doing Business Report (2017): Opportunity for all;

  • Rwanda has been ranked 56th globally in the 2017 World Bank’s doing business report. Rwanda, ranks 2nd in Africa in Doing Business 2017.

World Bank; Africa Pulse (2017):

  • The World Bank’s 2017 Africa Pulse Report put Rwanda among the seven (7) countries in Africa (alongside Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Senegal, and Tanzania) that continue to exhibit economic resilience, supported by domestic demand…

Africa Development Bank; The African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2017: 

  • The African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2017, indicates that Rwanda recorded the most progress in Africa in the fight against poverty since 2005, followed by Ghana and Liberia. One of Rwanda’s key efforts was a community-based health insurance system that by 2010 had covered nearly nine in 10 people.

The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI); 2017 Internet Affordability Report;

  • The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) ranked Rwanda sixth (6th) in Africa and 21st globally with 61.48 per cent out of 58 low- and middle-income countries that were examined in the 2017. The Affordability Report is an annual report that examines the policy and regulatory frameworks that have allowed some countries to make broadband internet access more affordable, accessible, and universal, and what others can do to catch up.

World Health Organization; World Health Statistics (2016);

  • The report ranked Rwanda 7th country in Africa with high life expectancy (66.1 years). Rwanda is ranked 9th in Africa with lowest Maternal Mortality ratio in 2015: Over the last 25 years, life expectancy in Rwanda has risen from an average of 23 in 1990-1995 to 63 years in 2010-2015. This improvement in life expectancy is a result of interventions over the past decade to fight against the leading causes of death in Rwanda, including malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. It is projected that life expectancy will steadily improve to reach an average of 70 years by 2025-2030 period.
  • Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel 2006-2014, Rwanda is ranked 9th in Africa, with 91% of births attended by skilled health personnel.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG);

  • The Mo Ibrahim Foundation 2016 Index Report of African Governance (IIAG), ranked African countries after assessing their performance in 4 categories: Safety and rule of law, participation and human rights, sustainable economic opportunity and human development. Rwanda is the 9th improver at the overall governance level over the decade. Of the top ten performing countries, only three countries – Namibia, Rwanda and Senegal – manage to improve across all categories of the IIAG.

Gallup: Global Law and Order report (2017);

  • Puts Rwanda in the 10 countries a person is most likely to be safe. Global Law and Order report, is based on research from Gallup’s World Poll, which offers leaders a glimpse of how close or far countries are from achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of “promoting just, peaceful and inclusive societies.

The World Economic Forum, Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017,

  • The in-depth analysis of the Travel and Tourism competitiveness of 136 economies across the world ranks Rwanda, 9th safe and secure country for travelling.