Social protection strategies and the new Ubudehe categories – what should citizens expect?

Social protection strategy is one of the driving tools to achieve socio-economic development of Rwanda...

The main pillars of social protection consist of eradication of extreme poverty and ensuring prosperity and wellbeing for everyone, but all these cannot be achieved without a fundamental baseline that is based on poverty levels amongst Rwandan population.

The Ubudehe categorization was first established by the Government of Rwanda in 2000 as part of the strategies to address poverty reduction and recently these categories were revised from four numerical naming to five letters (A, B, C, D, E).

The discussion with a representative of the Local Administrative Development Entities (LODA) was focussing on putting clear distinctions between the new Ubudehe categories and the previous ones as well as tacking the issue of new aspects and what the general public should expect from the new categorization.

The event brought together governmental and non-governmental organizations, FBOs and academia.

The virtual Kigali Debate, organized by IRDP and FES Rwanda, took place mid of January 2021 and the documentation combined the main parts of the presentation and some of the discussed questions.

Watch the Video here, "New Ubudehe Categories"


The Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace (IRDP) in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Rwanda are implementing an "Open society Project" by organizing regularly public debates with overall objective of creating a space for critical and constructive evidence-based dialogue for sustainable peace and development in Rwanda.


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