The IB Launches a New Project to Promote Wood Processing in Rwanda

Several of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are being adressed


Production Unit at the Rubengera Technical Campus (RTC) Photo: Tim Bluthardt

The IB is launching a new project in Rwanda through its Department of International Cooperation to further develop the local wood processing industry. It aims to provide basic and advanced training for skilled workers in the planning, production and assembly of wooden components for house construction. In addition, there will be a targeted technology transfer between German and Rwandan companies.
This will be done through the development and implementation of standardized training modules and the use of digital media. The IB's project partners are Rwandan vocational training institutions and associations as well as German vocational training centers, universities and companies from the carpentry and wood construction trades.

The project is funded by the special initiative "Training and Employment" of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through sequa gGmbH's PartnerAfrika program. With a duration of three years, it will start in mid-December 2021.

Boosting the economy, technology transfer, new jobs

In its engagement in international cooperation, the IB always sees itself committed to sustainable action. This project also addresses the issue in the context of the United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda and contributes to the achieving of several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, the following SDGs are addressed: Quality Education, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Responsible Consumption and Production.

"The project has the potential to make an important contribution to strengthening the education system and creating jobs in Rwanda. We are therefore pleased to also implement a good contribution to the achievement of the SDGs with this new project," explains Karola Becker, member of the IB Board of Directors.