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Rwanda Poverty and Environment Initiative (PEI) Programme
This Programme is a continuation of the successful Government of Rwanda - UNDP/UNEP Poverty and Environment Initiative (PEI) Rwanda Program.

The PEI Programme in Rwanda was first launched in December 2005 going on to significantly contribute to the country’s Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS) 2008-2012 and is now extending the support to EDPRS II for the period July 2013 to June 2018. 

The Programme’s aim remains to enhance the contribution of sound environmental management to poverty reduction, sustainable economic growth and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 

The program goes into a third phase with a new focus on long term capacity development to achieve improved sustainable management of natural resources, clean renewable energy resources and use, environment and climate change resilience. Proposed investments would focus on deepening the gains from the previous phases in three key areas:

Phase III has three main outputs:

Output 1: Strengthened capacity for sustainable environment, natural resources management, and climate change mitigation and adaptation in national and sector policies, plans and budgets.

Output 2: National capacities for gender sensitive poverty-environment planning and management at District level and for Green Villages/Cities strengthened

Output 3: Increased awareness and more effective participation of stakeholders, including women, in environment and development policymaking and planning processes at district, national and international levels.

Expected Outcome(s)/Indicator (s) for PEI Phase III

Environment is integrated at national and district planning, policy and budget processes to implement the EDPRS II

Expected Output(s)/Annual Target(s)

Selected line ministries and districts have fully mainstreamed environment in their sector policies, plans and strategies and capacity has been built for sustainable sector performance.

Implementing partners

Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA)

Responsible parties


  • Ministry of Natural Resources (MINIRENA)
  • Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN),
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Other partners

Ministry of Agriculture (MINAGRI), Ministry of Local Government (MINALOC), Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA) and Ministry of Trade & Industry (MINICOM)