Diaspora Engagement in the Rwandan Health Sector

Diaspora Engagement in the Rwandan Health Sector

Africa
MD.0008
RW10P0505
200,000
Rwanda
Mainstreaming Migration into Development
National
Active

Over the years, Rwandans have been migrating to different parts of the world, for socioeconomic reasons primarily. Recently, the Government of Rwanda (GoR) has realized the importance of its diaspora in contributing to national socioeconomic development and, in the spirit of the policy of inclusion, the GoR strongly believes that the Rwandan diaspora is an important constituent that cannot be ignored in this endeavor.  The Rwanda Diaspora Policy (2009) and the National Investment Policy (2017) further describe key areas of diaspora intervention for the country: financial transfers including remittances; technology; knowledge and skills transfers; mobilize foreign investors; sourcing out markets of Rwandan products abroad, which would increase the volume of export earnings. Based on the Rwandan Health Sector policy, the government stated that one of the main priority for the country is to improve the wellbeing of the population by providing quality health services that were acceptable and accessible to the majority of people and provided with their participation. In order to achieve this goal, IOM will support the Government of Rwanda to engage highly skilled Rwandan diaspora members residing in Belgium, Germany, the Netherland and United Kingdom who are willing to provide to the government officials and the local medical practitioners with ad-hoc capacity building and skills transfer activities. IOM will also ensure that the Rwandan medical practitioners who will benefit from the skills transfer will be able to provide high quality health services to local population and Rwandan patients. To ensure the sustainability of the action, IOM in close collaboration with the Government, will provide to diaspora members information on the available labour market, business and investments opportunities encouraging them to invest their skills in their country of origin. The overall action will be implemented, monitored and supervised by both the Steering Committee and the technical working group composed by all the Government Institutions involved and IOM.