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Over the past five years, the Rwandan city of Kigali has made good progress in undertaking smart city projects, becoming one of Africa's smartest city in the process.


  • To support the Smart Kigali initiative, the government launched the Smart Rwanda Master Plan which seeks to drive Rwanda toward a knowledge-based economy by the year 2020 by using ICT services that improve productivity and efficiency.
  • In implementing smart city projects, Rwanda is collaborating with both local and international ICT firms, including Inmarsat, Nokia, Ericsson, and Intel as technology partners, to implement smart city solutions under a public-private partnership (PPP) model.

Features and Benefits

  • This case study analyzes the progress of Rwanda's smart city projects aimed at making Kigali the smartest city in Africa by 2020.
  • The study also identifies the SWOT analysis of the Smart Kigali city initiative model

Key questions answered

  • What is the progress of Kigali's smart projects since the launch of the initiative in 2013?
  • How is the Rwandan government planning to fund its smart city projects outlined in its Smart Rwanda Master Plan 2020?

Table of contents


  • Introduction
  • Download 1: Smart Cities: Rwanda's Kigali makes progress on road to becoming Africa's smartest city