Home Grown Solutions (HGS) are Rwanda’s ‘trade mark’ solutions developed by the Rwandan citizens based on local opportunities, cultural values and history to fast track their development.
As stipulated by the Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda of 2003 amended in 2015, Rwandans, based on their values, initiate home-grown mechanisms to deal with matters that concern them in order to build the nation, promote national culture, and restore dignity. Being locally created, HGS are appropriate to the local development context and have been the bedrock to the Rwandan reconstruction and transformation journey after 1994 Genocide against Tutsis. They have significantly enabled Rwanda to lift millions of its population out of extreme poverty and become one of the fast growing economy on the continent. Furthermore, HGS have been the key drivers in helping Rwanda to achieve the target of global initiatives like MDGs and they expected to continuously support the country to meets SDGs targets and other national, regional, continental and global commitments to spur socioeconomic development.
The law N°56/2016 of 16/12/2016 establishing the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), determining its mission, organization, and functioning gives it two main responsibilities in relation to home-grown solutions.
a) To preserve, protect and promote the use of Home Grown Solutions (HGS) and Good Practices (GP) in Rwanda and devise strategies meant for applying them efficiently;
b) To give pre-authorization and follow up studies and researches carried out in Rwanda on governance and HGS whether by Rwandan or foreigner.
To fulfil the above mandate, RGB establish conduct research to assess whether a given innovation qualifies to be called a Home-Grown Solution, thus, confirmed HGS are protected both locally and internationally. RGB also establishes procedures guiding research on Rwanda is HGS and put in place strategies to promote them.