Many of the NISR’s datasets are available in formats that are able to be imported directly into Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software. Such datasets, categorically relating to geographic/spatial locations are also termed as Geodata.
 
This page contains a list of links to download freely available geographic datasets from NISR. Most of these datasets are provided in ‘shapefile’ formats - containing spatial and attribute information. The 'projection' of the data is WGS 84 (aka WGS 1984, EPSG:4326)
 
A work in progress, links to the data will be added to this page, as more data is made available in these formats. To process the downloaded Geodata, a ‘GIS’ software will be required. Following are the few freely available programs that allow viewing and in some cases, editing the shapefiles.
 
Click one of the GIS format links below in to start exploring the NISR’s GIS data currently available!













 

  National Boundary

Introduction:

This country shapefile was created in 2001 by NISR  before starting the 2002 census mapping. This was digitized form the Rwanda Topographic map (1989)  prepared and published by IGN and Service National de Cartographie du Rwanda.

Data source:

This Country shapefile have been produced by NISR in 2001 from the 1989 Rwanda Topographic map

Attributes:

Name: Official Name of the country
Population: Total population (2012 Census)
 
 
 Format                                                                                Links
 Compressed (Zip) - Shapefiles Click here to download (151 KB )
 PDF             Link
 
     

  Province Boundaries 2006 :  
   
Introduction:

Province boundary shapefile contains province boundaries for Rwanda since 2006.
The shapefile was created in 2006 and updated by the 2012 census mapping.The census mapping started in 2011 and ended in 2012, where a team of 80 field staff
collected census and administrative boundaries up to the lowest administrative level which is "Umudugudu". Boundaries were adjusted in the GIS lab using the 2008-2009 Orthophotos taken by the Rwanda Natural Resource Authority.

Rwanda has four provinces (Eastern Province, Northern Province, Southern Province, Western Province) and Kigali City as Capital City of Rwanda.

Data source:

Province boundary data have been produced by NISR in 2006 from 2001 administrative boundary shapefile created by the 2002 Population and Housing Census.  

Attributes:

Prov_id: This column contains a unique identifier starting from 1 up to 5 for each province.The unique Id can be used to link the shapefile to other thematic tables
Prov_name: Contains the official name of the province in English
Province: Contains the official name of the province in Kinyarwanda













 
 
 Format  Links
 Compressed (Zip) - Shapefiles Click here to download (535 KB)
 PDF Link
 CSV file (codes & names)  Click here to download (4.00 KB)
 


  Province Boundaries 2002 :  
   
Introduction
 
Province boundary shapefile contains province boundaries for Rwanda according  to the administrative structure in place since 2001 up to 2005. 
The shapefile was created in 2002  during the 2002 Census mapping.   
Province was one of administrative entity in Rwanda administration. There were 12 provinces countrywide. According to the administrative structure change,  there cannot be any valid link between the old (2002) and new 2006 province.  
 
Data source
 
This shapefile is a product of Service National de Recensement in 2002 which became since 2005 the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda.  
 
Attributes
 
Province (String): Contains province names 
Prov_ID (Number): Contains two digit as unique identifier for each province
 













 
 
 Format  Links
 Compressed (Zip) - Shapefiles Click here to download (535 KB)
 PDF Link
 CSV file (codes & names)  Click here to download (4.00 KB)
 


  District Boundaries 2006:  
    Introduction:

District boundary shapefile contain district boundaries for Rwanda since 2006. The shapefile was created in 2006 and updated by the 2012 Census mapping. The census mapping statred in 2011 and ended in 2012, where a team of 80 field staff collected census and administrtive boundaries up to the lowest administrative level which is "Umudugudu". Boundaries were adjusted in the GIS lab using te 2008-2009 Orthophoto taken by the Rwanda Natural ressource Authority.
Rwanda has thirty District located inside four Province and Kigali City,its geographic distribution is different among these province,Kigali City has three Districts, Eastern Province has seven District,Northern Province has five districts,Southern province has eight districts and Western Province has seven Districts.

Data source:

District boundary data have been produced by NISR in 2006 from 2001 administrative boundary shapefile created by the 2002  Population and Housing Census. 

Attributes:

Prov_ID: Contains one digit unique identifier for each province
Prov_Name: Contains the province name in English
Dist_ID: Contains the two digit unique identifier for each district. The first digit is for province and the second one for district inside a province
District: Contains the district name (30)
 












 
 
 Format  Links
 Compressed (Zip) - Shapefiles Click here to download (1.7 MB)
 PDF Link
 CSV file (codes & names)  Click here to download (4.00 KB)
 



  District Boundaries 2002:  
    Introduction
 
District boundary shapefile contains district boundaries for Rwanda according  to the administrative structure in place since 2001 up to 2005. 
The shapefile was created in 2002  during the 2002 Census mapping.   
District was one of administrative entity in Rwanda administration, they were under Province authority. The total number of districts in 2001 was   one hundred and six (106). 
 
Data source
 
This shapefile is a product of Service National de Recensement in 2002 which became since 2005 the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda.  
 
Attributes
 
Province (String): Contains province names 
Prov_ID (Number): Contains two digit as unique identifier for each province
District: Contains  district names
Dist_ID: This column contain four digits as unique identifier for each district, the two first digits are for province and the two second one are for district. This Unique Id can be used to link the shapefile to any other thematic table from 2002 census
Status : this field states if the district is rural or urban. 












 
 
 Format  Links
 Compressed (Zip) - Shapefiles Click here to download (1.7 MB)
 PDF Link
 CSV file (codes & names)  Click here to download (4.00 KB)
 



  Sector Boundaries 2006:  
   
InIntroduction
 
Sector boundary shapefile contains sector boundaries for Rwanda according  to the administrative structure in place since 2001 up to 2005. 
The shapefile was created in 2002  during the 2002 Census mapping.   
Sector was one of administrative entity in Rwanda administration, they were under District authority. The total number of sectors in 2001 was  one thousand five hundred and fourty five (1545). 
 
Data source
 
This shapefile is a product of Service National de Recensement in 2002 which became since 2005 the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda.  
 
Attributes
 
Province (String): Contains province names 
Prov_ID (Number): Contains two digit as unique identifier for each province
District: Contains  district names
Dist_ID: This column contain four digits as unique identifier for each district, the two first digits are for province and the two second one are for district
Sector: Contains sector names
Sect_ID: Contains a six digit number as unique identifier for each sector, the two first digit is for province,the two second one are for district the two last ones they are for sector. This Unique Id can be used to link the shapefile to any other thematic table from 2002 census.
Status : this field states if the sector is rural or urban. 













 
 
 Format  Links
 Compressed (Zip) - Shapefiles Click here to download (6.9 MB)
 PDF N/A
 CSV file (codes & names)  Click here to download (19 KB )
 
 


  Sector Boundaries 2002:  
   
Introduction:

Sector boundary shapefile contains sector boundaries for Rwanda according  to the administrative structure in place since 2001 up to 2005. 
The shapefile was created in 2002  during the 2002 Census mapping.   
Sector was one of administrative entity in Rwanda administration, they were under District authority. The total number of sectors in 2001 was  one thousand five hundred and fourty five (1545). 
 
Data source:

This shapefile is a product of Service National de Recensement in 2002 which became since 2005 the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda.  
 
Attributes:
 
Province (String): Contains province names 
Prov_ID (Number): Contains two digit as unique identifier for each province
District: Contains  district names
Dist_ID: This column contain four digits as unique identifier for each district, the two first digits are for province and the two second one are for district
Sector: Contains sector names
Sect_ID: Contains a six digit number as unique identifier for each sector, the two first digit is for province,the two second one are for district the two last ones they are for sector. This Unique Id can be used to link the shapefile to any other thematic table from 2002 census.
Status : this field states if the sector is rural or urban. 













 
 
 Format  Links
 Compressed (Zip) - Shapefiles Click here to download (6.9 MB)
 PDF N/A
 CSV file (codes & names)  Click here to download (19 KB )
 
 


  Cell Boundaries  
    Introduction:

Cell boundary shapefile contains cell boundaries for Rwanda since 2006.
The shapefile was created in 2006 and updated by the 2012 Census mapping.
The census mapping started in 2011 and ended in 2012, where a team of 80 field staff collected census and administrative boundaries up to the lowest administrative level which is "Umudugudu". Boundaries were adjusted in the GIS lab using the 2008-2009 Orthophotos taken by the Rwanda Natural Resource Authority.  Cell is one of administrative entity in Rwanda administration, they are under Sector authority. The total number of cells is two thousands one hundred forty eight  (2148).

Data source:

Cell boundary data have been produced by NISR in 2006 from 2001 based on an administrative boundary shapefile created by the 2002 Population and Housing Census.

Attributes:

Prov_ID (Number): Contains one digit as unique identifier for each province
Province (String): Contains province names in English
Dist_ID: This column contain two digits as unique identifier for each district, the first digit is for province and the second one is for district
District: Contains  district names
Sect_ID: Contains a four digit number as unique identifier for each sector, the first digit is for province,the second one is for district the two last ones they are for sector. This Unique Id can be used to link the shapefile to other thematic table
Sector: Contains sector names
Cell_ID: Contains a six digit number as unique identifier for each cell. This Unique Id can be used to link the shapefile to other thematic table
Cell: Contains cell names
 













 
 
 Format  Links
 Compressed (Zip) - Shapefiles Click here to download (12.7 MB)
 PDF N/A
 CSV file (codes & names)  Click here to download (125 KB)
 
 

  Schools Location  
    Introduction:

School location  shapefile contains school establisment  for Rwanda since 2012. Every point location in this shapefile represent one schools establisment which may have one or many levels. 
This shapefile is provided with a table showing the highest level for each establihsment. 
The shapefile was created in 2012  by the 2012 Census mapping, and updated in November 2015 for Kigali City Only. 
In other provinces the shapefile may not contain schools establisehd after  the cesnu mapping, or schools wich may changed their location.
 
Data source:

These school location shapefiles have been produced by NISR  in 2012

Attributes:

Name: The name of the school establisment. The names in this shapefile may not be the officila ones.
Province (String): Contains province names (in English) were the establishment is located
Prov_ID (Number): Contains one digit as unique identifier for each province 
District: Contains  district names were the establishment is located
Dist_ID: This column contain two digits as unique identifier for each district, the first digit is for province and the second one is for district
Sector: Contains sector names were the establishment is located
Sect_ID: Contains a four digit number as unique identifier for each sector, the first digit is for province,the second one is for district the two last ones they are for sector. This Unique Id can be used to link the shapefile to other thematic table
Cell : Contains cell names were the establishment is located
Village: Contains Village names were the establishment is located
Estb_ID: the unique identifier for the School establishment. This is a combination of Sector ID plus a sequential number of establishment in a sector.













 
 
 Format  Links
 Compressed (Zip) - Shapefiles Click here to download ( 429.29 KB)
 SCHOOL CODES Click here to download (687 KB)
 
 

External Resources:
 
The links below are not from NISR, but contain information pertaining to the domain of Geographic Information System in Rwanda:

1.    Rwanda Natural Resources Authority/MINIRENA: National Land Use Planning Portal

2.    Ministry of Health: Rwanda Health Facilities (HMIS)