Guidelines for the Call for Proposals along the Kivu Belt Region


The call for proposals is an initiative that was set up to boost the tourism sector along the Kivu Belt region with the creation of new innovative tourism products or the extension and upgrading of already existing tourism products in the region such as dancing troops, souvenir shops, local meals among others.

The graduates will compete for the best business ideas and will present their case to a professional jury. The business ideas should focus on activities and adventure tourism with the aim of building attractive innovative packages in the Kivu Belt so that more tourists come to the region and spend more time.

The initiative will bring together actors from both the private and public sector with interest in boosting the tourism sector in Rwanda i.e. the Chamber of Tourism and the Destination Management Unit (DMU)[1], I&M Bank, BDF, RDB and universities such as Musanze Polytechnic, Muhabura Integrated Polytechnic and UTB- Rubavu.  


The main objective of the call for proposals is to enable the graduates of tourism institutes develop unique and innovative tourism products that will attract more tourists to the region. Through this competition, 25 young tourism graduates will receive credit and a two-year long mentoring service for setting up their innovative tourism projects/ businesses in the Kivu Belt region. These start-ups should have the ability to employ at least 3-5 people within a period of two years. On average, up to 100 jobs will directly be created because of this intervention. The aim is not to promote investments in new hotels. Applicants will therefore be expected to focus on;

  1. The extension or upgrading of tourism products that already exist in the Kivu Belt region (for example souvenir shops, dancing troops, local meals, honey collection etc.)
  2. The development of innovative tourism products that can boost tourism along this region e.g. water based tourism, adventure tourism among others.


Documents for submission:

  • Application form (use the template provided)


Deadline: Applicants should submit their pitches by 30th April 2018 to

Only selected applicants will be given feedback.

Kindly check the link:

Application Form for the Call for Proposals

Application Guidelines

[1] A Destination Management Union (DMU) is a union of private and public tourism institutions and interested parties working towards the common goal to promote tourism in a specific area with the responsibility of coordinating activities like developing and diversifying tourism products as well as coordinating actors especially for marketing efforts. The DMU is hosted by the Chamber of Tourism.



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