Spark Microgrants launches community-driven, poverty elimination project in rural Rwanda: Raises $2.7 Million from the World Bank

 

 

 

New York, May 20 2021 – Spark Microgrants and the World Bank, signed a $2.7 million project to support the efforts of the Rwandan government to improve the livelihoods of 76,000 people across 249 rural villages. The project is also designed to enhance local and central government capacity for people-centered village planning, utilizing Spark’s tried and tested model for village development, the Facilitated Collective Action Process (FCAP).

 

Through the collaboration between Spark Microgrants, the World Bank, the Government of Rwanda, Comic Relief, and the Japanese Social Development Fund, a project steering committee was formed to support and monitor the implementation of the village planning process.

 

By the end of the 3 year project, the steering committee expect to see:

  • 249 villages leading their own development planning, with support from their Local Government officials

  • 249 villages launching 498 microgrant funded village development projects

  • Over 1,200 village leaders and over 100 Local Government officials trained in the FCAP process, and the

  • Development of a National Framework for community-driven village planning by Spark and the Rwandan central government, to scale positive lessons from the project across the country. 

About Spark: Since 2010, Spark has built the civic and economic power of rural communities facing poverty in East Africa and West Africa. Through Spark’s innovative Facilitated Collective Action Process (FCAP) communities are put at the center of development. Facilitated village “town-hall style” weekly meetings are combined with a seed grant of $8,000 that enables citizens to launch a development project, practice self-organizing and empowers them to make decisions about how to use resources for the benefit of the entire community.

 

Contact: Shai Fogelson, Development Director 

Organization: Spark Microgrants 

Website: www.sparkmicrogrants.org 

Email: shai@sparkmicrogrants.org 

 

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