Dimitri Stoelinga

Dimitri Stoelinga is the co-founder and Partner of Laterite, a research-consulting firm based in Kigali, Rwanda. He has lived and worked in more than 10 countries, including Kenya, Tanzania, Mali, Zambia, Angola, India, Indonesia and Rwanda. He studied Business at ESCP Europe and the Indian Institute of Management, and has a Masters in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard University.

Content by Dimitri Stoelinga
  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Understanding the dynamics of unplanned settlements in Kigali, Rwanda

    The city of Kigali has been growing at an estimated annual rate of 4-7% in recent years. Infrastructure and housing development have struggled to keep pace with this rapid growth, with the result that 79% of Kigali’s total population live in unplanned areas. To date, information on these residents has been limited. To address this gap, the researchers conducted a...

    15 Nov 2019 | Dimitri Stoelinga

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The economic geography of Rwanda: Trends, challenges and opportunities

    The economic geography of Rwanda is characterised by relatively low levels of urbanisation (estimated at about 18.5% in 2016 - 2017 according to Integrated Household Living Conditions Survey (EICV) 5 data), a high urbanisation growth rate, high population density, and the urban dominance of Kigali City, the capital. This study confirms that Rwanda is urbanising...

    11 Oct 2019 | Dimitri Stoelinga , Anirudh Rajashekar, Marion Richard

  • Blog post

    Insights to inform urban planning in Rwanda

    The economic geography of Rwanda is characterised by relatively low levels of urbanisation (estimated at about 19% in 2016-2017), a high urbanisation growth rate, high population density and the urban dominance of Kigali City, the capital. Rwanda has urbanised rapidly over the past decade and will continue to experience further urban growth in the near future. Urbanisation...

    27 Aug 2019 | Anirudh Rajashekar, Marion Richard, Dimitri Stoelinga

  • Publication - Project Report

    The economic geography of Rwanda

    16 Aug 2019 | Anirudh Rajashekar, Marion Richard, Dimitri Stoelinga

  • Project

    Economic geography of Rwanda

    The purpose of this research project is to provide policymakers with more detailed insights into the structure of economic activities in secondary cities across Rwanda and to fill a gap in the literature with respect to the magnitude and direction of inter-regional trade within the country. The economic development of secondary cities is a key priority for the Government of...

    16 Aug 2019 | Anirudh Rajashekar, Marion Richard, Dimitri Stoelinga

  • Blog post

    What do surveys and SMS data reveal about Kigali’s unplanned settlements?

    Households living in unplanned areas of Kigali make complex trade-offs in terms of where they work and live. We use face-to-face and SMS surveys to understand these trade-offs as well as general patterns in migration, employment, mobility, housing, and access to infrastructure and services. Building an understanding of these dynamics is key for urban upgrading and more...

    10 Jun 2019 | Anirudh Rajashekar, Dimitri Stoelinga

  • Project

    Understanding unplanned settlement dynamics in the city of Kigali

    Kigali is Rwanda’s main urban centre and accommodates about half the urban population. Rapid urban growth in Kigali has led to the development of unplanned settlements. Unplanned areas, characterised by inferior living conditions such as limited access to infrastructure, limited plot accessibility, and rudimentary housing construction-materials, pose a long-term risk to...

    20 Feb 2019 | Patrick Hitayezu, Anirudh Rajashekar, Dimitri Stoelinga

  • Publication - Project Report

    The dynamics of unplanned settlements in the City of Kigali

    20 Feb 2019 | Patrick Hitayezu, Anirudh Rajashekar, Dimitri Stoelinga

  • Project

    Understanding Rwanda’s agribusiness and manufacturing sectors

    In this book Sachin Gathani and Dimitri Stoelinga present the results from their studies of manufacturing and agribusiness in Rwanda. These studies are based on in-depth interviews with leading businessmen and -women in the country. The work is also based on careful statistical analysis of a wide range of data on Rwandan companies. By combining case studies of individual...

    4 Nov 2014 | Sachin Gathani, Dimitri Stoelinga , Michele Savini Zangrandi

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Understanding Rwanda’s Agribusiness and Manufacturing Sectors (Policy Brief)

    10 Oct 2013 | Sachin Gathani, Dimitri Stoelinga , Michele Savini Zangrandi