Rwanda Reclassifies Households Based On Income

Rwanda has begun a process to reclassify households based on their income.

The reclassification is aimed at proper resource allocation and is under the East African country’s anti-poverty programme.

The programme codenamed Ubudehe, which is derived from traditional practice and launched in 2001, reclassifies categories of households every three years.

This year’s categorisation has been revamped and households will be divided into five categories – A, B, C, D and E – where A consists of wealthy households while E consists of the most vulnerable households in the community.

The classification exercise will take place at the village level; cover about 2.7 million households with officials capturing data on their living conditions to enable effective planning so that the necessary support reaches the right beneficiaries.

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The Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government in charge of social affairs, Ignatienne Nyirarukundo, said the exercise “is geared to facilitate proper allocation of resources”.

Nyirarukundo appealed to the public to be honest in giving information about their economic status to avoid the wrong categorisation.


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