Roundtable Policy Dialogue on Mainstreaming Rainwater Harvesting in Rural and Urban areas of Rwanda

January 09, 2018


Rwanda is blessed with two rainfall seasons and has high rainwater harvesting (RWH) potential with rainfall average of 1400 m with variation from about 2000 mm to 700mm. However on another hand, Rwanda is among the countries having the lowest per capita water availability and storage capacity in Africa. Besides inadequate per-capita availability, there is an issue of urban floodsin cities of Rwanda.

In recent years, a number of pilot demonstrations in RWH have been developed. RWH is eventually becoming essential aspect in policies, programs and action plans. Although there are remarkable efforts, RWH in Rwanda is still at its infant stage. Communities and institutes are not yet accustomed to RWH concepts. There is a need for dissemination of RWH know how integrated with regulated monitoring and evaluation. This requires participation of different stakeholders including private sectors clubbed with simultaneous research inputs.

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is geared towards building larger societal support for policy, practices and implementation and form a south-south partnership with particular focus on Africa. CSE believes global cooperation requires participation and engagement from the South. We can effectively leverage our ongoing work on capacity building, particularly of public institutions and regulatory systems, to help both state and non-state actors to better scrutinize, mediate and balance sustainable water management options. 

For a glimpse of the previous year’s trainings under Africa water programme, click here

The thematic focus of the current policy dialogue on Rainwater Harvesting not only contribute in situ augmentation of water where supply is scarce but also contribute substantially in water conservation, harvesting city's water endowment through water sensitive designs (including waterbodies) and enforcement of policy framework for rainwater harvesting.


Mainstreaming sustainable water management and capacity building of practitioners both state and non-state actors in implementing best management practices (BMPs) of RWH in Rwanda
The objectives of the roundtable policy dialogueare:

  • To generate awareness about BMPs, state of art knowledge and reforms in the area of RWH in Rwanda.

  • To discuss with key stakeholders the concept, issues/barriers and experiences in mainstreaming of RWH for sustainable water management in Rwanda.

  • To explore capacity building support required to implement projects aimed at mainstreaming RWH for sustainable water management in Rwanda.

Target Participants

The policy dialogue will be attended by key policy makers, regulators, managers (concerned water ministry, department and utilities), Non – Governmental Organisations, consultants,international agencies, academic researchers from Rwanda including select resource persons for experience sharing from India.

Registration: By invitation from CSE and Water Aid Rwanda.

India contact:-
DrMahreenMatto (Coordinator)
Deputy Programme Manager 
Water Programme
CSE, New Delhi, India
Phone: +91-11-40616000, +91-11-40616000 (Ext: 257)

Ms. ShivaliJainer(Coordinator)
Programme officer
Water Programme
CSE, New Delhi, India
Phone: +91-11-40616000, +91-11-40616000 (Ext: 257)
Local contact (Rwanda):-
Jean Lambert Sebareze,
Head of Programmes -WaterAid Rwanda
Mobile :+250788388780
Landline: +250 252 579 650

Fiona Uwera Mugabe
Head of Policy Research & Advocacy, WaterAid Rwanda
Mobile +250 787 552 488   

For more information on the training programme kindly contact:
Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla 
Programme Director- Water Programme
CSE, New Delhi, India

Maurice Kwizera
Country Director, WaterAid Rwanda
Mobile; +250788308115
Landline: +250 252 579 650