Umuganda, which means « coming together in common purpose » in Kinyarwanda, is a monthly community service day observed across Rwanda. On Umuganda Day, citizens participate in various community development activities such as cleaning public spaces, building infrastructure, and participating in environmental conservation efforts. Umuganda promotes social cohesion, civic engagement, and collective responsibility for national development.

Girinka Program (One Cow per Family)

Girinka or One Cow per Family Program inspired by traditional Rwandan values of cattle ownership was initiated by the Rwandan government along with training in animal husbandry, fodder production, and income generation. The program enhances food security, generates income through milk production, and supports sustainable agricultural practices to vulnerable families. Under this program, eligible families receive a dairy cow, and in return, they pass on the first female calf to another family in need. Girinka not only provides a sustainable source of nutrition and income but also promotes social solidarity and empowerment within communities. 

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Community Health Workers (CHWs)

Rwanda’s Community Health Worker program is recognized internationally for its effectiveness in delivering essential health services to rural and underserved populations. CHWs, who are trained volunteers from within their communities, play a vital role in providing health education, preventive care, and basic treatment for common illnesses. This homegrown approach has contributed to significant improvements in maternal and child health outcomes and the control of infectious diseases.

Imihigo Imihigo

Imihigo Imihigo, or performance contracts, are a traditional Rwandan governance mechanism that has been revitalized and institutionalized as a tool for accountability and results-based management. Through imihigo, government officials at all levels, from the national to the grassroots, set specific targets and commitments aligned with national priorities. They are then held accountable for achieving these targets, fostering a culture of transparency, efficiency, and accountability in public service delivery.

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