The five-year project will be implemented in six sectors including Rubaya, Cyumba, Kaniga, Mukarange, Rushaki, and Shangasha.
TI-Rwanda’s research carried out in 2017 indicates that climate change resilience projects were stalled by a lack of citizens’ inclusiveness and local leaders’ participation.
The executive secretary of TI Rwanda, Mupiganyi Apolinaire explained that 55.5% of residents were not aware of such projects while 40.4% of local leaders were not consulted for participation or understand the feasibility of such projects.
“We identified challenges in different projects like biogas among other environment-friendly projects. Based on issues pointed out by the research, we partnered in the implementation of first projects to support national citizen inclusive programs,” he said.
“We believe that improving citizens’ mindsets, transparency and accountability will positively impact the successful implementation of Gicumbi model project to be emulated in other districts later,” added Mupiganyi.
The CEO of Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA), Hubert Ruzibiza explained that they entered a collaboration with TI-Rwanda to support implementation follow up to reach all beneficiaries.
“The project took a lot of funds with higher expectations from citizens, our institution, the Government and the environmental conservation fund that funded the project,” he said.
Ruzibiza explained that they have developed different technologies enabling citizens to share ideas on the project’s implementation progress that can be accessed by international stakeholders.
The project is expected to reduce Carbon Dioxide (273,720 tons) within six years.
It will spread to 150,000 citizens and benefit over 380,000 people.