New Publication: Top Eleven African Young Entrepreneurs from Rwanda

PrintRUFORUM recognizes the need for greater youth participation in enterprise development and business incubation and through its member universities and partners has supported training and skills development in this respect. It has also supported start-ups through innovative financing mechanism of the revolving fund implemented in some member universities.

RUFORUM believes in youth entrepreneurship as the game changer in ensuring greater youth participation and integration into the economic growth at national and regional levels and for youth employment. In this brief, a summary description of Eleven Young Entrepreneurs and Innovators from Rwanda that emerged among the Top 139 from the 756 submissions to the competition is profiled. We bring you a new publication focusing on the top eleven Innovators and Entrepreneurs from Rwanda. Click here to download the publication.

A profile of the overall 15 winners from the 756 submissions is available at the following link:

Kenyans, Rwandans and Ugandans: Blog to Win a Trip to Washington, DC

Deadline: December 02, 2016-January 15, 2017 | Online

Agriculture is the backbone of the East African regional economy, as it accounts for about 32% of the region’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Growth in the agriculture sector helps raise incomes, create employment opportunities, reduces poverty, and accounts for about 70% of employment opportunities in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda. Despite being a field vibrant with innovations driven by young people, those engaged in agriculture are typically elderly, and the number of youth with jobs in agriculture continues to drop. Why are young people shying away from agriculture? How can agriculture be made ‘cool’ for the youth? It’s your turn to have your say. Tell us, in no more than 500 words, what you see as opportunities for youth to prosper in agriculture and agro-business.


Now in its third year, the #Blog4Dev Contest is an ideas-sharing platform for youth in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda. This year, the World Bank wants you to share your thoughts on youth and agriculture.

For a chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C. in April 2017, discuss the following question in an original blog of no more than 500 words:

To farm or not to farm: What opportunities exist for youth to prosper in agriculture and agro-business?

Submit the blog post in English by January 15, 2017 here:


Must be a Kenyan, Rwandan or Ugandan citizen residing in your home country, and be aged between 18 and 28, and the blog post must be written in English.

Selecting Criteria:

A panel of judges made up of World Bank staff in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda will review the submissions to determine the winning entries.

The winning submissions will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Originality and creativity
  • Clarity
  • Practicality
  • Potential for scale-up


Development of human capital key limitation for achieving African vision

Above: Dr. Musafiri Malimba Papias, Minister of Education, Rwanda tours the RUFORUM Exhibition Stand at the FARA Seventh Agricultural Science Week, Kigali, Rwanda

Above: Dr. Musafiri Malimba Papias, Minister of Education, Rwanda tours the RUFORUM Exhibition Stand at the FARA Seventh Agricultural Science Week, Kigali, Rwanda

Education, and particularly higher education is no longer only for the elite but a necessity for development! These remarks were made by Dr. Musafiri Malimba Papias, Minister of Education, Rwanda at the opening of a side event organised by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and the African Union Commission on the Use of science, technology and innovation for implementing the Agenda 2063. The Side event took place on 14 June, 2013 during the FARA Science Week in Kigali, Rwanda under the theme “Apply Science, Impact Livelihood”.  Dr. Musafiri noted that Education in the continent had improved significantly, particularly in terms of access but more needed to be done to strengthen quality and relevance to employers. He also noted the need to strengthen capacity for job creation for graduates. Prior to the opening, Dr. Papias visited the RUFORUM exhibition stand. He applauded RUFORUM for its service to Rwanda, including servicing the University of Rwanda as well as the over 34 MScs and PhD students trained who are now working in various sectors in Rwanda, particularly at the Rwanda Agricultural Board (RAB) and University of Rwanda (UR).

Dr. Papias called for joint action by African stakeholders to establish and enhance mechanisms towards improving science, technology and innovation in Africa. “We must work together to ensure that future generations will inherit a strengthened continent with greater hope than we experienced in our lifetime” he concluded.

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