Rwanda considers its citizens living abroad as a relevant and recognizes the vital role they play in the country’s political and socio-economic development. To this effect, it aims to sensitize them to act as catalysts through skills and knowledge transfer, innovation, business, trade or investment.
In 2018, a diaspora mapping exercise was conducted in Europe (Germany, UK, Netherlands and Belgium) by IOM and Rwanda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This exercise aimed at providing an insight into the diasporas’ socioeconomic profiles, professional skills and expertise, and assessing their capacity, interests and motivation to participate in the development process of their country of origin, Rwanda.
Following the mapping exercises, IOM and the Government of Rwanda are implementing two diaspora engagement initiatives in the Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Health sectors. Skilled Rwandans residing in Belgium and Germany can apply for the TVET project; the health project is open for Rwandan health professionals residing in Belgium, Germany, France, the UK and the Netherlands.
Information on the TVET Project
Applications are open until 31 December 2020. The engagement and placement in the host institutions is for minimum one month and maximum six months. The TVET project closes 31 May 2021 and the health project closes 31 August 2021.
Information on the Health Project: