The Government of Rwanda is presently involved in the process of developing Sector Strategies to implement EDPRS programs. As stated in the Country’s Vision 2020 one of the identified development pillars is the Human Resource Development (HRD).
The importance of this Pillar lies in the empowerment of individuals through developing their skills. The results of independent evaluation of Poverty Reduction Strategy Program (PRSP) 1 revealed that capacity constraints especially those related to inadequate skills constitute a major impediment for the realization of PRSP 1 set targets. Using this learning experience, the Government is undertaking initiatives to address these challenges so as to make EDPRS a reality
It is in this context that the GoR decided to establish Workforce Development Authority (WDA) which is an institutional framework to provide a strategic response to the skills development challenges facing the country across all sectors of the economy. As the country embarks on developing sector development strategies under EDPRS, the issue of capacity which largely constrained implementation of the programs under PRSP 1 is among the most important priorities to be addressed. Skills development strategies in all sectors constitute an important ingredient in the respective sector development processes.
To fast-track the establishment of WDA, a taskforce comprising of three members was appointed by the Government. The establishment of WDA was formally approved by the Cabinet on January 18, 2008.
WDA’s intervention in skills development programs will be hands-on away from the traditional theoretical knowledge passed on by education institutions. That way, it is expected that a critical mass of Rwandan population will acquire skills relevant with today’s increasingly competitive world.