The National Cultural Heritage Policy

The Ministry of Sports and Culture in collaboration with representatives from the public sector and the civil society.
Key objectives of the measure:
  • To provide a framework for nurturing, preserving and protecting Rwandan culture as an effective mechanism for the realization of the country’s development goals;

  • To strategically position culture as a tool for enhancing good governance and social cohesion among Rwandans;

  • To enable culture to shape our attitudes and mindset in order to realize our planned development goals across all sectors of the nation’s life;

  • To enrich business potential and opportunities embedded in the Rwandan cultural heritage and thereby contribute to Rwanda’s development goals

Scope of the measure:
Nature of the measure:
Main feature of the measure:

The National Cultural Heritage Policy provides broad pillars and guiding principles to preserve the core values of our culture and defines strategies to ensure that culture plays its historical role of informing the socio-economic transformation of Rwanda. The Policy defines the stakeholders as culture practitioners of all walks of life, as well as all partners involved in day to day activities to preserve and promote culture. It gives the framework to fit in the strategies, initiatives and activities undertaken by various public and private stakeholders. The logical framework of the policy is slated on a 5-year period of implementation. The mainstream of the policy focuses on both the economic and social dimensions of cultural production:


  • Research and promotion of the History of Rwanda

  • Development of an organizational arrangement to disseminate and promote Culture Values

  • Preservation and promotion of Kinyarwanda Language

  • Development and promotion of the creative arts sub sector to increase their economic benefits

  • Promotion of cultural tourism in the country as a contributor to the economy of the country

  • Development of an institutional and operational framework to promote a reading culture and effective management of archives

  • Develop strategies to strengthen the preservation of Genocide memory, Fight Genocide Ideology and negation of Genocide Against Tutsi

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:
  • A harmonized understanding among Rwandans and foreigners of the correct version of the Rwandan history

  • A Rwandan society that is mindful of the cultural values that shape our way of life.

  • Adoption of the correct version on the writing and use of Kinyarwanda language; improvement in the daily use of Kinyarwanda language; new terminologies created periodically enriching Kinyarwanda language

  • A creative arts sub sector that offers a wide range of socio-economic activities and employment opportunities especially for the youths and women

  • A cultural tourism industry that promotes not only the Rwandan culture but also provides a wide range of socio-economic opportunities and employment

  • A Rwandan society that has fully adopted reading culture as part of their day-to-day practices; institutions/organizations with enhanced capacity for the proper management of archives

  • Genocide memory well preserved; Genocide ideology minimized or abolished among Rwandans and Genocide negation countered

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

Financial resources are usually defined according to the activities planned by every stakeholder to implement the Policy interventions.