About the City of Kigali

The City of Kigali is the capital of Rwanda and it is located at Rwanda’s geographical heart. The City of Kigali has rapidly grown in a modern city in the last decade and it has not only become Rwanda’s most important business center but also the main port of entry.

The City of Kigali which started in 1907 is one of the safest and friendliest of African capitals. It is blessed with a moderate high altitude climate that belies its tropical location, and is conveniently located within three hours’ drive of the main tourist sites. The Rwandan capital provides both a comfortable and welcoming introduction to this land of a thousand hills and an ideal springboard from which to explore this magical country.

The City of Kigali is made up of three districts namely Gasabo, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge. It is presently inhabited by approximately 1.2 million inhabitants. Kigali is 70% rural with a population which is relatively young- the youth make up about 60% and women make slightly more the 50%.

In 2008 the City of Kigali won the UN Habitat Scroll of Honor Award for its many innovations in building a model, modern city symbolized by zero tolerance for plastics, improved garbage collection and a substantial reduction in crime.

The Habitat Scroll of Honor is the most prestigious award given by the United Nations in recognition of work carried out in the field of human settlements development. The aim of the award is to honor individuals and institutions that have been instrumental in improving the living conditions in urban centers around the world.

The City of Kigali Vision

Our vision is to make Kigali the “Centre of Urban Excellence in Africa” which will be achieved through Social Inclusion, Sustainable Development, and Economic Growth.

Our identity is “Better Service Delivery”

Mission of the City of Kigali

The City of Kigali has the following mission:

·         To supervise the implementation of national policies in the Districts of the City of Kigali;

·         To prepare the master plan of the City of Kigali and specific master plans, to ensure their execution through large-scale projects implemented at the level of the City of Kigali, and follow up on the execution of specific master plans of the Districts;

·         To prepare the development plan of the City of Kigali;

·         To provide guideline and coordinate the planning activities of the Districts of the City of Kigali;

·         To monitor activities and the functioning of the Districts of the City of Kigali and the government institutions operating at its level and provide services that are not delivered by other administrative entities in the City of Kigali;

·         To ensure the safety of the people and property in the City of Kigali;

·         To promote infrastructure in the City of Kigali and provide guidelines on their implementation;

·         To provide guideline on the infrastructure inspections that are carried out by other administrative entities of the City of Kigali and carry out inspections of large-scale projects that are put in place at its level;

·         To develop and implement the plan for transportation of the people and goods in the City of Kigali;

·         To mobilize resources and put in place strategies for collection of taxes and charges in accordance with relevant laws;

·         To support the Districts of the City of Kigali in terms of  economic development;

·         To promote and follow up investment activities in the City of Kigali.

Goals of the City of Kigali

The goal of the City of Kigali is to be:

  • A City of character, vibrant economy and diversity
  • A City of green transport
  • A City of affordable homes
  • A City of enchanting nature & biodiversity
  • A City of sustainable resource management
  • A City of Endearing character & unique local identity

The Administrative Structures of the City of Kigali

  • The Council of the City of Kigali,
  • The Executive Committee of the City of Kigali,
  • The Security Committee  of the City of Kigali
  • The Executive Secretariat of the City of Kigali

The City of Kigali is open and supports working with all spheres of our population. We value the contribution and role of the private sector in development. We fully cooperate with the civil society and consider its role as paramount in transforming our society.