Implementing organisation Ministry of infrastructure
Period of implementation 04/2021-03/2023
Digital tools Mobile application, Online platform, USSD
Country Rwanda
Sector Urban planning
Budget 295.585 €
Contribution to SDGs sdg 6sdg 7sdg 8sdg 9sdg 10


What is the project aiming to achieve?

The main challenge urban planners are facing today is the lack of access to updated data, and insufficient means to extract meaningful information from the available data; mainly due to the cost and inadequate skills. The backbone of this project is to engage different stakeholders (including professionals, local authorities, members of the private sector and the general public) to actively participate in the collection of real time updated spatial and non-spatial data which is reliable for planning purposes, easily accessible and informative.

Two Secondary cities (Musanze and Rubavu) and three satellite cities (Rwamagana, Bugesera and Muhanga) will be equipped with capabilities (skills, equipment and data) to carry out informed situation analysis through the use of the decentralised Spatial Development Framework (SDF) and decision room to enable a resilient, sustainable and integrated urban development. The system is already used at national level by the Ministry of Infrastructure as an implementing tool of the Spatial Development Framework (SDF) but needs decentralising to be more effective. The system makes use of big data, location, multi-criteria evaluation and a citizen participation-based approach to identify potential infrastructural projects and areas of intervention. The decentralisation of the decision room to five regional cities aims to efficiently coordinate, plan and guide decision-making for (public) infrastructures and facilities and to effectively serve their purpose while saving financial resources.

Digital component

The decision room (or planning decision support system) is a geoinformation technology-based system which helps various stakeholders (professionals and non-professionals) to participate in spatial planning decision-making processes. It includes hardware and software to work in groups of stakeholders in public administration and civil society on different kinds of spatial planning issues. The decision room system uses maps, models, and 3D visualizations to measure impact. The interactive map serves the beneficiary cities, both for interactive data collection and as a data sharing framework.

Alongside, the project will develop a mobile app and other easy to use technologies such as USSD to collect data from citizens and other key stakeholders through targeted surveys about infrastructure developments and needs to ensure civil society’s participation.