Transforming a country with one of the densest populations in sub-Saharan Africa is well underway. Agriculture is the largest employer, but industrial output and activity have accelerated in recent years. Tourism is also growing fast. Hundreds of thousands of people visit Rwanda every year to observe mountain gorillas in the wild, track big game animals, and trek the country’s rolling, volcanic landscape.
The Rwandan government has stepped up its efforts to further grow the economy, increase the number of children in secondary education, and improve health outcomes for a population of 13 million people. It has also set ambitious sustainability goals and is putting new measures in place to protect the population from natural disasters including flooding, landslides, and earthquakes.
RISA plays a vital role in supporting these initiatives, helping the government to allocate technology resources as effectively as possible. One of its key responsibilities is the Government Command Center (GCC), which prepares data dashboards that measure project results against key performance indicators (KPIs).
Antoine Sebera, Government Chief Innovation Officer, RISA, says, "Reliable data and versatile analytics tools are crucial. We need hard evidence to prove the value of social and economic investments, and to direct resources where they have the greatest impact."
Historically, the GCC was hampered by a lack of automation. Government departments had to upload spreadsheet files before data could be reviewed by a team of experts and presented to officials. "We needed a more flexible approach that enabled us to make critical decisions based on real-time analysis," says Sebera. "We also wanted to introduce greater structure and governance so that we could connect multiple data sources."
This vision called for the GCC to be redesigned from the ground up. Sebera saw this as an opportunity to move beyond a standard business intelligence platform to one that offered more sophisticated data analysis and reporting.