We’re working with 15 communities in Rwanda to ensure that development is informed by the perspectives of people most at risk.


Random household surveys


Civil society surveys


Local government surveys

Key findings and conclusions at the national level

  • The inclusion of communities in the assessment, planning, implementation and monitoring of risk reduction plans and activities is low
  • Civil society organisations and local government need to invest in building the capacities of communities at the local level to participate in resilience building activities
  • Coherence between disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and ecosystem management policies and plans is missing

Surveys undertaken in Rwanda

Our Views from the Frontline surveys in Rwanda were undertaken in 2019.

Who was surveyed?

We surveyed 1,289 random households, 160 civil society organisations, 184 local government representatives, and undertook 130 community consultations.

Risk locations prioritised

We prioritised three risk areas:

  • Gakenke
  • Gisagara
  • Gasabo

Communities surveyed

We surveyed people from 15 communities: Kageyo, Kabaya, Nyabutaka, Murambi, Nyamabuye, Taba, Ryakabuye, Mpinga, Mukoni, Ryamutabazi, Muhozi, Ramba, Karama, Rubungo and Kayumba.

“There is need for early warning systems to be put in place by the government (in collaboration with stakeholders) to help communities get notified in case of possible hazards.”

NAC representative, Rwanda

Our impact

Activities undertaken in response to community-level findings and conclusions

  • Raised awareness and built capacities by proving training on environment protection, ecosystem conservation, DRR policies and environment and climate change
  • Resolved water and irrigation issues as part of water harvesting processes
  • Restored and environment conservation activities for disaster prevention in the eco-fragile communities

Impact of activities

  • Communities were included as stakeholders in the assessment, planning, implementation and monitoring of risk reduction plans and activities for floods and disaster management
  • The community were involved in actions to reduce disaster risk and climate change – which led to improvements in the quality of life
  • Increasing the active involvement of community leaders in disaster risk reduction has helped build disaster resilience at village level

Our project partners in Rwanda

Our Views from the Frontline programme is implemented by GNDR member organisations and partners in the country.

National coordinating organisation

  • Manadisaster Organisation

Partner organisations

  • Igire Rwanda Organisation
  • Aides Aux Devoirs
  • Green House Movement

View all data from Rwanda

You can view all our Views from the Frontline survey data using our data dashboard. You can also learn more about our methodology for selecting at-risk areas and survey respondents.

Project funded by

European Union

Our Views from the Frontline project is funded by the European Union (EU). Content related to this project on our website was made possible by the support of the EU. All content is the sole responsibility of GNDR and does not necessarily reflect the views of the EU.

View their website

Photo credit

Image by Andreas from Pixabay.