Strategic  Plan  for  the  Pastoral  and  Socio-economic development of the Diocese of Butare .

Image1: Map of Butare Diocese Coverage.


This  is  a  3-year  Strategic  Plan  for  the  Pastoral  and  Socio-economic development of the Diocese of Butare, which occupies one of the southern region of Rwanda. The population in Rwanda  is steadily increasing with about 13.2 million people yet food security remains a threat to many locals. Butare  diocese consists of people of concern, resettled citizens, and the highest number of  institutions who barely have sizable land to cultivate their own food for consumption and commercial benefit. Even more, the available land given to the poor lies in the lowlands, a potential threat to adverse climate change effects like floods and prolonged drought. School Feeding also lingers where some primary schools fail to provide a day’ meal as evidenced at a random visit.  However, It is important to note that nutritiously rich food is critical to a quality life, quality health and overly a right for every citizen.

The   Diocese   has   been   the   dominant   force   in   development   outside   the government,  and  has  since  its  creation ,  implemented a  variety  of  major development projects, which have made a significant contribution to the well-being of the  people.  Included  in  these,  are  the  highly  acclaimed  peace  efforts  in  an environment where there have periodically been difficulties with keeping the peace.

However, since its creation, the Church has grown only slowly though steadily. The provision of development goods, though very highly appreciated and commended by the population has in a way influenced a shift to the catholic faith.

Previous strategies for delivering health and education to poor people have proved expensive  to  the  Church,  and  unhelpful  government  policies  have  also  raised questions about the most efficient means of meeting the aspirations of the people in the diocese. Much of the progress achieved in the socio-economic area has been through external funding support which has almost dried up and can no longer be depended upon or sustained. The Church now needs to strategize about how it will generate income for its own growth and charity objectives.

1.2 Objectives

The   main   objectives   of   the   Strategic   Plan   therefore   are   to   realize   greater evangelization results; improve the infrastructure and impact of church institutions, the well-being of the people of the diocese  and make socio-economic initiatives more effective  and  sustainable.  Ultimately,  the  diocese  expects  to  become  self-reliant, helping to create agricultural developments through the entire diocese.

1.3 The Process

The preparation of the Plan involved:


Integral farming system in the Diocese of Butare in Rwanda can be attributed to several factors, including the need for sustainable agricultural practices, food security, and poverty reduction in the region.


Monitoring, controlling, protecting, and reporting on a diocesan’s financial resources.

  • The diocesan finance team is responsible for managing finances, including all bank transactions, loans, debts, investments, and other sources of funding.

Enhance or develop the systems and structures needed to function effectively, work towards sustainability, and achieve goals.


Establish a regular monitoring and evaluation mechanism to measure progress, gather feedback, and make necessary adjustments.

This strategy, grounded in a holistic development approach, aims to position the Diocese as a key player in promoting the socio-economic well-being of the community while adhering to Christian principles.

1.4 The Strategic Framework and Key Recommendations of the Plan

The issues that drive this Plan are…evangelization, spiritual and human formation, self-reliance, peace and development. Within this framework, the Church will pursue 5 long-term objectives to constitute a 3 year pastoral and human development agenda. Through this Plan, the Church will renew and sustain itself as the ultimate moral and spiritual force for peace and development in the diocese. The Plan will seek to strengthen the institutions and improve their all-round capacity to deliver on the stated objectives.


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