“Shared Accord” Multilateral Exercises Boost Peacekeeping Preparedness

Gako, RWANDA – Nearly 200 participants from 15 nations and three international organizations gathered for the U.S. Army Africa-led exercise Shared Accord 2018 at the Rwandan Military Academy August 14-30, 2018.   “This exercise will help enhance participant understanding of the U.N. conduct of peace operations,” Maj. Gen. Innocent Kabandana, Rwanda Defense Force exercise co-director ...
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Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Rwanda National Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I am honored to congratulate the people of Rwanda as they celebrate their nation’s independence on July 1 and their Liberation Day on July 4. Our two countries have long enjoyed a strong partnership based on a shared commitment to promoting peace and prosperity ...
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2018 Trafficking in Persons Report

Every year our report focuses on a specific thing.This year’s report focuses on effective ways local communities can address human trafficking proactively and on how national governments can support and empower them. Local communities are the most affected by this abhorrent crime and are also the first line of defense against human trafficking. By engaging ...
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2017 International Religious Freedom Report

The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International Religious Freedom Report – describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. The U.S. Department of ...
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2017 Human Rights Country Reports

The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Reports – cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the  Universal Declaration of Human Rights  and other international agreements. The U.S. Department of State submits reports on all countries receiving assistance and all United Nations member states to the U.S. Congress in ...
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Notice of Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Embassy in Kigali and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB) announce an open competition for organizations to submit applications to strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations (CSOs) and Rwandan citizens to actively engage in the government budget process and advocate for improved fiscal transparency.  Please find ...
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U.S. Embassy Honors Three Rwandan Women of Courage

As part of Women’s History Month, on March 23, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Richard Michaels honored three Rwandan women at an event at the U.S. Embassy.  The three women, selected from over one thousand nominations submitted by U.S. Embassy Kigali’s 40,085 Facebook fans, were recognized with the Embassy’s fourth annual Rwandan Women of Courage award for ...
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Tillerson: ‘Africa is the future’

On the eve of his first official visit to sub-Saharan Africa, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson laid out a new framework for U.S.-Africa relations that will help lead Africa to a “place of prosperity and freedom in the 21st century.” Tillerson will visit five countries — Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria — during his ...
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2019-2020 Fulbright African Research Scholar Program (ARSP)

The U.S. Embassy Kigali is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2019-2020 Fulbright African Research Scholar Program (ARSP), a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). PROGRAM INFORMATION: Two categories of grants are offered in ...
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Call for Application: 2019 Fulbright Foreign Student Program

The U.S. Embassy Kigali is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, the largest Fulbright program, designed primarily to strengthen African universities through higher degree training (Master’s degree).  Although core Fulbright Exchanges are with universities, candidates who are affiliated with other educational, cultural, or professional institutions may apply. Interested applicants ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Erica Barks-Ruggles at MindLeaps Girls Lead Performance

Mwiriwe! Good Afternoon! Thank you, ladies, for your beautiful and moving performances and speeches. Let’s give them another round of applause. And thank you Sifa, Solange, and Hasha for sharing with us your remarkable testimonies. Your ability to overcome the difficulties you have faced, and how you found hope and the resilience to reach for ...
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Call for Applications for 2018 Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright TEA)

The U.S. Embassy Kigali is pleased to announce the 2018 competition for the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright TEA), a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), administered by the International Research & Exchanges (IREX). Fulbright TEA brings international teachers to the United States for a six-week program ...
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World AIDS Day: Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability and Partnerships

Op-Ed By Erica Barks-Ruggles, U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda. In celebration of World AIDS Day, I can say with confidence and pride that by working together we have the ability to control the HIV epidemic in Rwanda by 2020. This last mile, however, is going to take even greater leadership, unwavering commitment, and our collective focus ...
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Opening Remarks for Ambassador Barks-Ruggles; World AIDS Day Journalist Briefing

Mwaramutse.  Good morning.  I’d like to start by thanking all of you for joining us here today as we gear up to recognize World AIDS Day on December 1st.  I am always happy to talk about the great partnership the U.S. Embassy has with Rwanda to end the HIV epidemic; particularly our work with the ...
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Important Notice Regarding the 2019 Diversity Visa Lottery

Due to a technical issue, the current registration period for Diversity Visa-2019 is being extended to Wednesday, November 22, 2017, and all enrollments made prior to October 18, 2017, must be resubmitted. Applicants who entered the 2019 Diversity Visa Lottery before Wednesday, October 18, 2017, will NOT be considered and MUST submit another entry prior ...
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U.S. Government Contributes 42 million RWF for Emergency Rain Damage Relief

On September 30th, 2017, the United States Ambassador to Rwanda Erica Barks-Ruggles authorized over 42 million RWF for immediate emergency response to destruction caused by September’s heavy rain storms. The relief funds will aid families whose needs were identified by the Government of Rwanda’s Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR). The aid was ...
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DCM’s Remarks for Indego Africa Graduation Ceremony

Honorable Minister of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs for the Republic of Rwanda, Jeanne d’Arc De Bonheur Ladies and Gentlemen; all protocols observed – Good morning.  Mwaramutse. I am here today to honor the 50 graduates of the Indego Africa program that the U.S. Embassy had the privilege to support through our Julia Taft Fund.  ...
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U.S.-African Partnerships: Advancing Common Interests

Introduction Good morning. Thank you President Lindborg for your very kind and generous introduction. To you and to Ambassador Carson I am grateful for the invitation to participate in this important and timely symposium. It is always a pleasure to cross 23rd street and leave behind the 1950s federal architecture of the State Department for the ...
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CDC is celebrating 15 years in Rwanda

This year we celebrate 15 years of CDC’s work in Rwanda. During the early years, HIV disease surveillance was the cornerstone of CDC’s service mission to the Rwandan government. Over time CDC-Rwanda’s commitment and dedication to improving HIV disease surveillance made a positive impact on HIV/AIDS care and treatment. Read more: http://bit.ly/CDCinRwanda    
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Ambassador Barks-Ruggles Remarks for American Corner Kigali at AUCA Official Opening

Ambassador Barks-Ruggles Remarks for American Corner Kigali at AUCA Official Opening Tuesday, August 29, 2017 @ 12:00 Rector Dr. Benson, Vice Rector Dr. Claver, representatives of the Ministry of Education and the Rwanda Education Board, ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to have the opportunity to officially open the American Corner Kigali at Adventist University ...
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2016 International Religious Freedom Report

America’s promotion of international religious freedom demands standing up for the rights of the world’s most vulnerable populations.   The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International Religious Freedom Report – describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of ...
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Ambassador Erica J. Barks-Ruggles Independence Day Speech

Good evening – Mwiriwe! Thank you for joining us this evening to celebrate the 241st anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America.   I want to especially thank our guest of honor, The Honorable Minister Francois Kanimba for joining us in our celebrations this evening. Minister of Trade and East African Affairs, Hon. ...
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Fifteen Rwandan Leaders selected for the fourth YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship

The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce that 15 dynamic and experienced young Rwandans, have been invited to participate in the fourth annual Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Mandela Washington Fellowship. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative. It is composed of academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson: On the Occasion of Ramadan

On behalf of the United States Department of State, Renda and I sincerely wish Muslims around the world a peaceful and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a month of reverence, generosity, and self-reflection.  Most importantly, it is a cherished time for family and friends to gather and give charity to those who are less fortunate.  This time ...
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Ambassador’s Small Grants (ASG) Program

The U.S. Embassy in Kigali is pleased to announce an open competition for assistance awards through a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).  The Ambassador’s Small Grants program (ASG) provides one-time small grants to improve basic economic or social conditions at the local community by funding the expansion of an existing project or activity.  The ASG ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: World Press Freedom Day

Secretary’s Remarks: World Press Freedom Day Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 3, 2017 Today, on World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to promoting the fundamental principles of a free press around the world. We honor those men and women who work tirelessly, often at great personal risk, to tell the stories we would ...
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World Malaria Day Op-Ed: Ending Malaria is a Sound Investment

              Today is World Malaria Day, a time to celebrate all of the progress we’ve made in fighting this deadly disease, and an opportunity to recommit ourselves to eliminating it once and for all. Since 2000, the global fight against malaria has taken a truly historic turn. The World ...
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U.S. Embassy Kigali interview with Diane Kayiteta Kayitare

One on one Interview with Diane Kayiteta Kayitare as U.S. Embassy Kigali remembers the 26 U.S. Mission employees who lost their lives during the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda (https://rw.usembassy.gov/employees-remember/ ). Diane Kayiteta Kayitare is a surviving daughter of a former Mission employee, victim of the Genocide.
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U.S. Embassy Honors Three Rwandan Women of Courage

On March 22, U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Erica J. Barks-Ruggles honored three Rwandan women at an event held at her residence to celebrate Women’s History Month.  The three women, selected from nominations submitted by U.S. Embassy Kigali’s 40,085 Facebook fans, were recognized with the Embassy’s third annual Rwandan Women of Courage awards for their exceptional ...
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Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016 – Rwanda

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY         Rwanda is a constitutional republic dominated by a strong presidency. The ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) led a governing coalition that included four smaller parties. In 2010 voters elected President Paul Kagame to a second seven-year term with 93 percent of the vote. Three other registered political parties participated in the presidential election. ...
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Rwanda’s National Center for Blood Transfusion Attains International Standards 

On February 10th, 2017 at a ceremony co-officiated by U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda, Erica Barks-Ruggles; Hon. Minister for Health, Dr. Diane Gashumba; and Africa Society of Blood Transfusion (AfSBT) President of the Board of Governors, Dr. Gabriel Muyinda; Rwanda’s National Center for Blood Transfusion (NCBT) has awarded the highest – Level 3 – international standards ...
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USAID Invests Over 68 Billion Rwf to support Kinyarwanda literacy

KIGALI – On February 16, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) held a launch event at Groupe Scolaire Kinyinya to highlight the U.S. government’s Early Grade Reading Project, which aims to improve the Kinyarwanda reading skills of one million children over the next four years. The Early Grade Reading Project is implemented in ...
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Trump honors African Americans

February is National African American History Month. President Trump issued the following proclamation to commemorate the role African Americans have played in U.S. history: NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH, 2017 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION As we celebrate National African American History ...
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On World AIDS Day:  Leadership, Commitment, Impact

Today, December 1, in celebration of World AIDS Day, I can say with confidence and pride that by working together we have the ability to end AIDS in Rwanda.  This last mile, however, is going to take even greater leadership, unwavering commitment, and our collective focus to ensure every dollar invested in the fight against ...
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28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

Remarks by SecretaryJohn  Kerry at the Plenary of the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol Convention Center, Kigali, Rwanda October 14, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Well, good afternoon everybody. I want to begin by thanking the president of this Meeting of the Parties, Minister Biruta, and the Government of Rwanda for the terrific job ...
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Secretary of State Kerry to Travel to Rwanda

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Kigali, Rwanda , from October 13-14, 2016, to join EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and others in striving to achieve U.S. climate and environmental goals at the upcoming Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is widely regarded to be one of the ...
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2014 YALI Fellows Share Their Experience of America

 Marcel Mutsindashyaka My name is Marcel Mutsindashyaka, at 25 I am the founder and CEO of UMUSEKE IT LTD, a media and IT company running the second most popular news website in Rwanda, known as www.umuseke.com . I am survivor of the genocide of 1994 against Tutsis and orphan since then. Knowing that media was one ...
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Julia Taft Refugee Grant

Julia Taft Refugee Grant The U.S. Embassy awarded a $25,000 grant to support vocational and business training for female refugees in the Mahama Refugee Camp in Eastern Province, Rwanda. The grant is made possible by the U.S. Department of State Julia Taft Refugee Fund and will be implemented by the non-profit organization Indego Africa. Through ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks for the Special Self Help Fund Grant Signing

Good afternoon. Thank you for joining me here today for the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund Grant Signing Ceremony .  I want to thank Mr. Apollo Munanura, Director General for the Rwanda Cooperative Agency for being here today.  I am excited to join with you as we welcome nine (9) new cooperatives to the list of 171 Self-Help grant recipients since 1999.  These ...
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Special Self-Help Fund Grant Signing Ceremony

On Tuesday, September 20, the U.S. Embassy awarded nine grants to cooperatives in Rwanda totaling $50,000 (40 million RWF).  These grants, made possible by the U.S. Department of State Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) Fund, aim to support projects that are initiated at the community level, encourage community participation, and improve living conditions in the community. ...
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The new African-American History Museum [video]

The National Museum of African American History and Culture will open September 24 in Washington, but wherever you are, you can take a look now. The newest addition to the Smithsonian Institution has nearly 3,000 objects and 12 exhibitions, along with 183 videos, to tell the story of America through the African-American lens. President Obama will deliver remarks at the dedication ceremony. He ...
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5th Annual “Everybody Reads Rwanda” Campaign

The U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Launches the 5th Annual “Everybody Reads Rwanda” Initiative   On September 15, 2016, U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Erica Barks-Ruggles launched the Embassy’s 5th Annual Everybody Reads Rwanda Campaign.  On hand for the campaign launch was Ministry of Education Director of Cross-Cutting Programs Sylvie Uwimbabazi, U.S. Embassy officials, educators, civil society ...
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Statement by John Kerry: Commemoration of the 22nd Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda

Commemoration of the 22nd Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda We stand today with the people of Rwanda in paying tribute to the more than 800,000 men, women, and children who were savagely murdered in the Rwandan genocide twenty-two years ago. We grieve for those innocent lives lost, for the families and friends who ...
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Statement by the President on the 22nd Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda

Statement by the President on the 22nd Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda Twenty-two years after the genocide, we stand with the people of Rwanda to commemorate the more than 800,000 men, women, and children whose lives were lost during 100 days of unspeakable violence. We honor not just the victims but also those who ...
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Immigrant Visa Processing Returns to Kigali

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that as of October 1, 2015, immigrant visa cases for residents of Rwanda will be processed from the Embassy in Kigali. Beneficiaries of immigrant visa petitions and winners of the Diversity Visa Lottery who reside in Rwanda will no longer be required to travel to Nairobi for visa ...
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