The Rwanda Decentralization Support Programme (RDSP) is a Government Program that aims at sustainably enhancing the capacity of Local Governments to deliver services and supporting an enabling environment for LED in respect of best governance practices.
This is being done through capacity building (targeting the staff of Local Governments) for delivery of quality services and development of a sustainable environment for Local Economic Development (LED) and through involving other stakeholders, such as local entrepreneurs and cooperatives. The programme also supports Districts’ infrastructure investments for LED as well as an innovative grants scheme supporting local private sector partnerships in four pilot Districts (Nyagatare, Gakenke, Rutsiro and Gisagara), the Local Competitiveness Facility (LCF).
This Program is co-managed by the Government of Rwanda, through the Ministry of Local Government (MINALOC) under its Single Projects Implementation Unit and Kingdom of Belgium through Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC).
It directly supports three Strategic areas of the Governance and Decentralisation Sector strategic Plan: Local Government Capacity Building, Local Economic development, and Volunteerism, participation, accountability and democratisation. The RDSP budget represents 22 million euros. The programme’s implementation phase started in April 2015 and will end in March 2020.
To achieve the programme’s objectives, the Programme Coordination Unit based in MINALOC works in partnership with the Local Administrative Entities Development Agency (LODA) for activities in support of Local Economic development; with the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) in view of supporting Local Government Service Delivery, and with the Rwanda Association of Local Government Authorities (RALGA) in the areas of participation and equality at Local level. Additionally, MINALOC is supported by RDSP in enhancing sector coordination processes.