With the highest population density in Africa, Rwanda needs to take action to improve its land policies and teach citizens to understand the legal framework for land governance.
In Rwanda, as in most African countries, land is one of rural citizens’ primary livelihood assets. Because Rwanda has the highest population density in Africa, however, land has often been a source of conflict. To redress such conflict and promote effective land policy, the USAID Rwanda LAND project partnered with Rwandan government institutions to research land-related issues and adapt policies in response to rapidly changing social and economic realities. The project’s work included conducting public awareness campaigns to increase people’s understanding of land governance. Additionally, the project facilitated committee meetings at which local communities could resolve their disputes over land. This work has enabled Rwanda to continue on its promising trajectory of growth and poverty reduction.