Opinions

In Rwanda education, science and technology are the new drivers of pan-Africanism

African politicians and intellectuals used to talk passionately about pan-Africanism. You hardly hear the word now, except among a small group dedicated to keep it alive. That, of course, does not mean that the idea is dead. Far from it. It is actually alive and well and flourishing in Rwanda. You...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 12:44am

Editorial: REB has a lot of ground to cover; it should do so diligently

Rwanda Education Board (REB) seems to have learnt its lessons the hard way, but it was a necessary learning curve. Its top leadership was recently shaken up following a school textbook saga and confusion; foreign printers were contracted, who in turn subcontracted local firms who failed miserably...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 12:40am

How inequality fueled the Euro crisis

BRUSSELS – Since the Great Recession of 2007-2009, most economists have begun to regard finance as a key driver of the business cycle. But the precise dynamics are not yet fully understood. For example, the University of Chicago’s Amir Sufi and Princeton’s Atif Mian argue that...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 12:37am

The sky is not falling

VIENNA – Humans are partial to bad news. Media outlets reflect and shape this preference, feeding us woe and panic. Long, slow, positive trends don’t make it to the front page or to water-cooler conversations. So we develop peculiar misperceptions, especially the idea that a...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 12:32am

Researchers need to actively engage policymakers

Beginning today, Kigali will play host to a three-day workshop for top University lecturers and researchers from around the East African Community (EAC), with the goal of exploring ways of expanding postgraduate programmes across the region. Participants will seek to find solutions to critical...

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 9:24am

Kwibuka24: Time to crack the whip on non-state actors

As we continue to commemorate the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi for the 24th time, we all need to be vigilant on certain Genocide denial elements (implicit and explicit), especially in the private sector and among non-governmental organisations, where government has little influence. This is because...

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 8:37am

Any kind of humanitarian suffering must be averted

Towards daybreak of April 14, 2018, a coalition of countries comprising USA, Britain and France launched more than 100 missiles against Syrian targets in a strike that aimed at weakening President Assad’s chemical weapons capabilities. In the operation, as described by Lieutenant General...

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 11:14pm

A tale of two realities

MADRID – The opening line of Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities retains its universality to this day. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” Dickens writes, “it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,… it was the spring of hope...

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 10:55pm

CHOGM is coming to Kigali and so is Mike Sonko

As a cool drizzle wetted the streets of Kigali during the evening rush hour, news trickled in that the British Prime Minister, Theresa May had announced that Rwanda will host the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting commonly referred to by its acronym, CHOGM. The light chats around cold...

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 12:52am

Editorial: Hosting the Commonwealth Summit is not what matters; it is the work behind the scene

Leaders of the 53-member Commonwealth of Nations who met this week in London, selected Rwanda as the next host of the Summit slated for 2020. Rwanda’s choice is of great significance for two distinct reasons; it is the youngest member of the organization, having joined recently in 2009. It...

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 12:49am

Watch out for deadly lightning strikes!

Thursday afternoon, I escaped, narrowly, becoming the latest statistic of death by lightning; that is probably because, deep down my heart, I knew I hadn’t robbed or annoyed anyone and God agreed with me because when I checked, shortly after the thunder strike, I was still in one piece. It...

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 12:46am

How blockchain can grow small business

When Hernando de Soto published his classic The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else in 2000, he had no idea that emerging technologies would solve the problem before the end of the new century that had just started. This Peruvian economist, known for...

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 12:43am

The silverback among most “charismatic”animals

The mountain gorilla has easily made the top-ten list of the most “charismatic” animals in the world. Its global fame is to be expected, except that many remain unaware of its status among some of the most endangered in the wild. These were the findings in a paper titled, “The...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 11:48pm

Editorial: Rayon Sports’ popularity not exploited as it should

Whenever popular football club, Rayon Sports, plays and wins, even against small local clubs, euphoria grips the whole country. But when they overcome continental teams, its supporters go berserk, pour into the streets in their thousands and generally inundate the country in a cacophony of horns,...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 11:42pm

Women in the fight against genocide ideology

We are in the second week of 100 days of mourning. During this time we reflect on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi through different commemoration activities and also in our communities during community discussions (Ibiganiro). Such are important to ensure that genocide does not happen again,...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 11:39pm

The “Next Eleven” and the world economy

LONDON – On a recent holiday in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, I couldn’t resist thinking about these countries’ economic potential and ongoing policy challenges. After all, in 2005, my Goldman Sachs colleagues and I had listed Vietnam as one of the Next Eleven (N-11) – all...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 11:33pm

Third world, reject being turned into “the grass that suffers”

Every time you wake up, Rwandans, you should all remember to give a thought to the God of Rwanda, Imana y’u Rwanda. It’s not all the time that a people manage to choose a leadership whose governance code is the single-minded pursuit of one goal:  their total emancipation. But...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 12:54am

Editorial: Rwanda’s new economic darling still has more to offer

For years, Rwanda’s tourism potential was not fully exploited despite its unique natural attractions. Even the rare mountain gorillas, assets that it shares with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda, were not given the attention they deserved until the arrival of primatologist,...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 12:53am

The West’s crisis of confidence

STOCKHOLM – In an age defined by US President Donald Trump’s rage, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s revisionism, and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s unbridled ambition, the international order is becoming increasingly disorderly, dysfunctional, and even dangerous. How did...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 11:00pm

No Blank Check for Development Banks

NEW YORK – Global financial leaders are convening in Washington, DC, this week for the annual spring meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund. This year, they will ask the world’s taxpayers to grant the World Bank and other multilateral development banks (...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 10:57pm