Multinational - Élaboration du programme régional de développement de la plaine de la Ruzizi

Project Summary

Approval Date 16 Jul 2015
Signature Date 09 Nov 2015
Planned Completion Date 30 Nov 2019
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Nov 2019
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Water Supply & Sanitation
DAC Sector Code 14010
Commitment U.A 1,593,614.27
Status Completion

Project General Description

The present project essentially consists in preparatory studies for the elaboration of the Regional Development Program for the Ruzizi Plain (PREDIR). It includes the following components: (i) Elaborating a Master Plan for integrated and sustainable development across the plain in the three countries of the Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries (ECGLC), which should lead to development guidelines for the plain over the next 20 to 30 years, conducting feasibility development studies/Project Summary Note (PSN) over a maximum priority area of 20,000 ha of irrigation perimeter (rehabilitation, creation), elaborating detailed engineering design studies on selected perimeters and preparing tender files; (ii) Conducting a strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) of all sectors involved in the Master Plan. Once detailed designs are validated through donors round tables in the water and agriculture sectors, it is expected that by the end of the Project the necessary investment funding to achieve the priority civil works for the development of the plain will be raised. The total cost is estimated at EUR 2 024 157, of which EUR 1 969 516 are financed by the FAE, or 97.30%.

Project Objectives

The project’s main objective is to improve the socio-economic environment of the plain to encourage entrepreneurs to invest in production factors as well as in production, processing, marketing, and thus contribute to poverty reduction and stabilisation of the region.


The project’s main beneficiaries are the populations of the three countries of the Great Lakes Economic Community in general, particularly farmers living directly on the Ruzizi Plain, or 150,000 farmers. Other beneficiaries include the rural communities living on the plain which represent more than 200,000 inhabitants in the South Kivu province in DRC, 349,000 inhabitants in the provinces of Bubanza and 385,000 inhabitants in Cibitoke, Burundi, as well as 380,000 inhabitants in Ruzizi District, Rwanda. Women represent the main beneficiaries of the project (51% to 53% of the population, depending on the country). The youth will also benefit through job creation during construction, and especially through the development of production activities (irrigation, fishing, livestock) resulting from the development of land development facilities in the plain. Even within agriculture, partners such as producer organizations, private associations of entrepreneurs, the public sector, research and extension services, regional institutions, agricultural projects and financial institutions will find as a result new opportunities for selling and marketing agricultural products.

Participating Organization

AfricaWater Facility Fund
Secrétariat Exécutif Permanent de la Communauté Economique des Pays des Grands Lacs (SEP/CEPGL)


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-EAZ-045
Other IATI identifier CA-3-A034853001
Last Update 12 May 2021


Contact Details

Name OSSETE Jean Michel

Geographic Location

Country Multinational