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AFR LEAD Series: Dissemination of the Finscope 2020 Youth thematic report

August 26, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Free

In addition to the main 2020 Finscope report that was recently published, Access to finance Rwanda (AFR) has developed a range of thematic reports that will provide sector specific data and evidence on financial inclusion. The thematic reports also highlight areas that require policy attention in order to strengthen financial inclusion in Rwanda in different sectors. It is in this context that AFR has developed the 2020 Finscope thematic report on youth.

According to the Vision 2050, Rwanda intends to achieve a transformed workforce for higher productivity. The structural transition of the workforce from surplus labour in agriculture to other economic sectors of service and industry will happen gradually, paying particular attention to youth and gender specific impacts[1].

Furthermore, the Government of Rwanda intends to support and empower youth and women to create business through entrepreneurship and access to finance as one of the strategies to reach the overarching objective of creating 1,500,000 (over 214,000 annually) decent and productive jobs for economic development by 2024 as highlighted in the National Strategy for Transformation 2017-2024); this will only happen if systemic barriers that hinder access to resources and financial services by youth are removed

Through its knowledge sharing platform entitled LEAD Series, AFR in partnership with Mastercard Foundation and Ministry of Youth and Culture  intend to bring experts involved in youth economic empowerment to dialogue and share best practices and interventions that can facilitate youth financial and economic inclusion to support Rwanda’s economic transformation.

In this webinar, we will share the findings of the Finscope 2020 youth and financial inclusion thematic report to kick start conversations and stakeholders within Rwanda’s financial inclusion and youth empowerment sectors will make recommendations reflecting on policies and interventions that affect youth’s uptake of financial services in Rwanda.



Mr. Emmanuel Bigenimana

Mr. Emmanuel Bigenimana has been respectively served as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Culture since 2017. Prior to this current position he served in different positions as the UNHABITAT National Youth Center Coordinator from 2009 and Employment Project Manager in Ministry of Public Service and Labour Since 2004. Mr. Bigenimana has a rich experience and knowledge in development particularly Youth empowerment business and Project management. He hold a Master’s degree in development studies from Kigali independent University and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from University of Rwanda.

Rica Rwigamba

Rica Rwigamba is the Country Head for the Mastercard Foundation in Rwanda. Rica comes to the Foundation with deep expertise across multiple facets of the Rwandan tourism and hospitality industry. For more than ten years, she has been active across the tourism and hospitality sector as an independent consultant, a leader within non-profits, and an entrepreneur. Previously, Rica was the Head of Tourism and Conservation at the Rwanda Development Board where her responsibilities included tourism investment promotion, tourism marketing, and stakeholder coordination. She has served on multiple national and regional boards within the sector and has a deep network across Rwanda and the region.

Caritas Kayilisa

Caritas Kayilisa has got her Masters of Social Sciences, Gender and Development from the National University of Rwanda. She holds a Bachelors degree of Business Administration with honors in Human Resource Management from the –then- Kigali Institute of Science, Technology and Management (KIST). As professional experience, Kayilisa is the national project coordinator for FAO-ICA (Integrated Country Approach (ICA) for boosting decent jobs for youth in the agri-food system. She has been the Gender Advisor in the DFID funded technical Assistance Facility to the ministry of Agriculture (Agri-TAF) from 2016 to 2019. She worked with the -then- Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC) –the current Enabel- as the Gender Expert imbedded in the Ministry of Agriculture from 2014 to 2016. She worked with UNWOMEN on facilitating the implementation of the fist Gender mainstreaming strategy in Agriculture from 2012 to 2014. She worked as Administrative Advisor to the Basket Fund of the National Electoral Commission in 2011. She served as a consultant in the area of Social-Economic research, gender responsive budgeting, gender audit, gender mainstreaming and gender equality advocacy from 2009 to 2010. She has been the Executive Secretary of Unity Club from 2004 to 2009 and the head of the Accounting Department in the National Post Office from 2003 to 2004.

Special Contribution

Regis Umugiraneza

Vice chair of Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs at PSF, and member of RYAF
Regis is a cofounder and the director at CARL Group. As the former head of the agro-processing cluster and board member at Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) from 2016 up to 2020, he first thought of what was regarded as a "crazy idea". The idea of making pastries out of sweet potatoes - something later proven possible, inspiring the creation of CARL Group. Regis has a natural entrepreneurial eye and is an ambitious, patient and optimistic person. Regis holds a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics at the University of Rwanda. He is active at the Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs at Private Sector Federation (PSF) and serves as the vice chairman of the chamber. Regis was selected among the 1000 top young entrepreneurs in Africa in 2016 by the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program and he is in the top three nominees of Rwanda Business Excellence award 2019 under the category of young entrepreneur of the Year 2019.

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