Military expenditures as a share of government expenditure reached 5.08 % in 2017 in Rwanda, according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. This is 2.95 % more than in the previous year.
Historically, military expenditures as a share of government expenditure in Rwanda reached an all time high of 44.7 % in 1991 and an all time low of 4.01 % in 2014. When compared to Rwanda's main peers, military expenditures as a share of government expenditure in Burundi amounted to 8.31 %, 5.82 % in Tanzania, 8.58 % in Uganda and 6.44 % in Dem. Republic of the Congo in 2017.
Rwanda has been ranked 68th within the group of 145 countries we follow in terms of military expenditures as a share of government expenditure, 2 places above the position seen 10 years ago.
Military expenditure is derived from the NATO definition, which includes all current and capital expenditure on the armed forces, including peacekeeping forces, defence ministries and other government agencies engaged in defence projects, paramilitary forces, if these are judged to be trained and equipped for military operations, and military space activities.