International NGOs in Rwanda contribute over $9.2m toward COVID-19 response

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International NGOs operating in Rwanda have so far contributed about $9,293,021 (approximately Rwf8.7 billion) towards COVID-19 response efforts.

The NGOs grouped under the Network of International NGO’s (NINGO) made their contribution in both cash and in kind.

The contribution disbursed recently was directed towards seven critical sectors, with health taking the largest share of $2 million as direct support to the Ministry of Health, according to a statement.

Health support worth $2,763,853 went to capacity building, cash transfers, human resources,  ‘water, sanitation and hygiene’ (WASH) facilities, LAB equipment, medical and nonmedical commodities, screening and surveillance, risk communication, social behavior change.

Other funds went to agriculture and livelihoods in form of food supplies, cash transfers and support to farmers, saving groups, research studies on the impact of COVID-19, capacity building, non-medical supplies, risk communication and social behavior change communication among others.

In response to the call by the Government of Rwanda, most of the support was delivered to districts through local Civil Society Organizations, with Nyarugenge receiving the highest (4 million), while Kicukiro received the lowest ($800), the statement said.

The Chairperson of NINGO, Papa Diouf, commended the joint efforts by development partners to support vulnerable households and communities in Rwanda against the impact of COVID-19.

“We have always had a great partnership with the government and other development partners and we believe our joint efforts will re-build households to absorb the shock created by this pandemic,” Diouf, who is also Country Director of VSO, Rwanda said.

According to him, the unprecedented crisis came as a shock which most INGOs were not prepared with impact on ways of working, staffing and programmes.

“However, INGOs – like most Civil Society Organisations and private sector – put a limitless effort to ensure business continuity and support vulnerable communities who were the most affected by the crisis. This has been a real paradigm shift for the development world with a much stronger focus in programme adaptation to prepare vulnerable communities not only to post COVID-19 but also to what will become our new normalcy,” he said.

Sampled from 50 INGOs out of 84 network members, the funds were mobilized through repurposing of existing budget, provision of additional funds for COVID 19 and through staff contribution. 

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