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Country Profile of Rwanda

Main statistical agency
Main statistical agency name
Web address
Position in the government
As Rwanda is rapidly moving towards a technology and information driven society, it is imperative that Rwanda build a strong data-based infrastructure that provides accurate and timely statistics in all areas of our development. It is in that spirit that the Government of Rwanda established the first National Institute of Statistics to respond to such a need. The Institute is a one-stop-shop for official statistics. However, the National Institute of Statistics is just one piece of the National Statistical System made of many producers and users of statistics. The role of NIS is therefore to strengthen the whole especially to ensure that common quality standards are in place.
Organizational structure and finance
1 General Director
5 Units : Research and Capacity Building (RCB)
Management Information Systems (MIS)
Administration and Finance (AF)
Demographic & Social Statistics (DSS)
Economic Statistics (ES)
30 RCB,DSS,ES (Demographer, Mathematicians, Economist, statisticians)
15 IMS (Data processing, Database Admin, LAN, S&H Supp, Maintenance)
15 ADM & FIN (Lawyer, HR, Budget, Accountants, PR & C, Proc, Log )
30 Districts statisticians

Institute fundings:
mainly from DFID, EU, UNFPA,GoR (Basket fund managed by UNDP)
Multi-annual or annual work program
The NISR strategic themes covering the period 2007-2011 include: a) providing relevant, high quality statistical information to meet user needs; b) developing and promoting statistical units; c) Supporting advocacy and partnership; and d) building and retaining human capacity through out the National Statistical System (NSS).

(posted on our website
Main duties
Mission Statement

The mission of NISR is to assume the leading role in improving the GOR, Public and Partners capacity to use evidence-based information for decision making by coordinating national effort to collect and archive reliable data, to analyze, document and disseminate derived indicators within an integrated and sustainable framework.

Brief history and other relevant background information
Brief history and other relevant background information
The mission of NISR is to provide a relevant and accurate body of statistics to inform users in the dynamics in the economy and society through the application of international acclaimed practices and technologies.

On the other hand, another main core is the provision of relevant, reliable and high quality statistical information on the economy and society that impacts on the planning and decision-making processes of users.

Legal basis
Legal basis
Decree-Law No. 01/2005 of 14th February 2005 on the organisation of statistical activities in Rwanda.

Decree-Law No. 09/2005 of 14th July 2005 establishing the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda.

Other producers of official statistics
Other producers of official statistics
- National Bank of Rwanda (BNR)
- Line ministeries (Health,Agriculture,Economic and Education)
- Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (EDPRS)
- NGOs

Data collection
Most recent population census
16-30 August 2002
Access to administrative data
Thru our Website ""
Data confidentiality
Decree-Law No. 01/2005 of 14th February 2005 introduces the principle of statistical secrecy for individual data.

Data dissemination
Release calendar (existence, when and how published)
The statistics that we produce are published monthly, quarterly and annually depending on the type of data. We integrate the statistics produced by the Statistical System, compile them in our databases, and disseminate them thru printed and electronic (in cd-rom) publications. These statistics are presented in tabular, graphical and also in map-based format using Geographic Information System (GIS) software.

We Provide Information on…

1. Social and demographic data on
Labour & employment,
Living conditions and
Vital statistics such as birth, death, marriage.

2. Economic data on

Purchasing power,
Trade and
Data about enterprises.

3. Data on cross cutting themes such as
Gender equality
Main publications
Aside from the results of the surveys conducted by NISR, it publishes regular publications containing data on all sectors of the country and news about the activities of the National Statistical System. These publications are as follows:

FinScope (Research presentation) – The Government of Rwanda (GOR), through the National Bank of Rwanda, has requested technical assistance from FinMark Trust for the implementation of a proposed survey into the state of access to finance in Rwanda – FinScope Rwanda. As GOR has now finalised its EDPRS (Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy), with financial sector development as one of its core components, GOR believes it is essential to develop baseline data on financial sector access to enable GOR to monitor the impact of new financial sector policies on enhancing access.

Service Provision Assessment (SPA) survey 2007 = The 2007 RSPA is part of the worldwide MEASURE DHS project which assists countries in the collection of data to monitor and evaluate population, health, and nutrition programs. SPA french report

Rwanda Development Indicators (RDI) = an annual publication containing the most relevant statistics including the analysis on each sector/subject category such as Poverty, Gender and Development, Public Finance, etc. RDI french report

The Rwandan Statistician = a quarterly publication designed to inform the public on the summary of findings of the latest surveys and other data collection activities.

Quarterly Economic Review = This publication features relevant economic statistics that will provide policy-makers on the current economic developments and progress in the country.

NISR Newsletter = a monthly publication which aims at updating the stakeholders on the activities of the NISR, its products and services, including statistics update in the National Statistical System.
Inhouse Publications:

News Letter
The Rwandan Statistician
Other Publications:


GDP Publication-2008
Rwanda in statistics and figures-2008
Statistics for Entrepreneurs, First of Series (November 2008)
Enquête Intégrale sur les Conditions de Vie des ménages (EICV 2)
Quarterly Economic Review (January -March 2008)

Comprehensive Food Security and vulnerability Analysis
Labour market and economic activity trends in Rwanda
Manufacturing Survey
Informal Sector
EICV Labor market and economic activities trends
EICV report methodology
Agricultural Report (September 2007)


Genocide Survivors Census(report 2007)
Demographic and Health Survey (DHS 2005)
Manuel de procédures d’enregistrements des faits d’Etat Civil
FARG (Rescapes du Genocide)
Rwanda 2002 General Census of Population and Housing
SPA, Service Provision Assessment
Districts Baseline survey
Enquête qualitative sur le VGB Mapping

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - Country report 2007
Read also:

Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS)
Poverty Analysis for Rwanda's EDPRS

Languages of main publications
French and English
How are data disseminated (Paper, CD Rom, Website, online databases, databanks)?
Paper, CD Rom and Website

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