In its Vision 2020 plan, the Government of Rwanda aims to transform the country from a largely agriculture-based economy to a knowledge and information based economy, in an effort to reach middle income status by 2020.
The government has emphasized its intention to use investment in ICT as the key driver for this transition and as a vehicle for improving the delivery of public and private services, particularly in the rural areas. The National Information and Communication Infrastructure (NICI) plans, broken down into four 5 year phases, lays out how this transformation is to be achieved.
The World Bank’s eRwanda project, as part of NICI II, emphasizes the use of technology as an enabler to growth and development, and focuses on core activities, applications and content which have the greatest impact for the citizens.
The project aims to improve efficiency and effectiveness of some internal processes of the Government of Rwanda, as well as the delivery of social services in selected key sectors.
Collectively, these activities will strengthen the underlying legal and regulatory framework while directly impacting the social fabric of society by addressing the service delivery and information needs of the rural populations.