Umwiherero 2017: Galvanising a sense of urgency

Imagine that an average saloon car has been jacked up front and rear, and you are chosen to hire and lead a team tasked to successfully change all four tyres...

AU reforms: Member States must go an extra mile

Late last week, a team of experts advising on African Union reform met with President Kagame in Gabiro – where he was chairing the annual National Leadership Retreat-to discuss how...

EDITORIAL:At last, it's a crime to deny the Genocide against the Tutsi in France

It pays to be patient, especially if someone is waiting for justice to be served. For many years, France has been a haven of Genocide deniers and revisionists. It is...

EDITORIAL: We must embrace a culture of research

Good research forms a solid foundation for development. Indeed, countries with a strong research culture have registered unprecedented transformation, especially in areas of science, technology and agriculture.

The task that await the new AU chair

Moussa Faki Mahamat won the race to head the African Union Commission for the next four years. The Chadian diplomat eventually edged out Kenya’s Amina Mohamed, who was initially in...

Refugees as weapons of mass destruction

CAMBRIDGE – In the summer of 2015, former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper looked set to win his fourth consecutive election, scheduled for that October. Instead, his Conservative Party won...

Fake news, alternative facts: get used to them. Rwanda has and is alive and well

The Trump era is guaranteed to keep us entertained. There is gaffe after another, daily fights, colourful tweets and demonstrations at home and abroad. It is so much fun, except,...

The threat of threats

PARIS – “Tell me what you fear and I will tell you what has happened to you,” the psychologist D.W. Winnicott wrote in the early twentieth century. It sounds straightforward,...

Don't cry for corporate America

NEW HAVEN – Corporate tax cuts are coming in the United States. While this push pre-dates last November’s presidential election, President Donald Trump’s Make-America-Great-Again mantra has sealed the deal. Beleaguered...

The cost of leadership

I once heard the story of a woman who sat in an audience watching an expert pianist play. Afterwards, she went up and told the pianist that she would give...

The West ought to treat asylum seekers as the developing world does

Following President Donald Trump’s Executive Order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”, that barred nationals from seven predominantly Muslim nations, namely Iraq, Iran, Libya,...

EDITORIAL: Support Miss Rwanda’s plan to boost Made-in-Rwanda campaign

19-year-old Elsa Iradukunda was crowned Miss Rwanda 2017 on Saturday night in a colourful ceremony that took place at the Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village (former Camp Kigali).

How Imports boost employment

According to today’s populists, “good jobs” in US manufacturing have been “lost” to competition from imports and preferential trading arrangements. But this narrative does not fit the facts, because imports...

Stories of hunger and xenophobia, not again 'Africa'

There is a reason why Africa is in quotes up there. The Africa referred to in the title is the lazy media construct that bundles the continent with the most...

To divorce from Cash, we must kill ATMs

Our leaders are summiting for a weeklong retreat to assess their performance in implementing Vision 2020 in preparation for the more ambitious vision 2050; on their agenda, may they also...

National Leadership Retreat: unique way of holding leaders accountable

As part of continuing efforts to rebuild Rwanda and nurture a shared national identity, the government of Rwanda has drawn on a set of home grown initiatives to enrich its...

EDITORIAL: Much expected from leadership retreat

When the first National Leadership Retreat kicked off 13 years ago, it brought together a select group of senior government officials to craft out the country’s future.

English language acquisition in Rwanda; a brilliant strategy

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As an educator and honourably a “Friend of Rwanda”, I can testify that Rwanda continues to amaze the world through the positive progress made by Rwandan students and teachers as...

EDITORIAL: Focus on raising higher education standards

A senatorial committee that toured higher education sub-sector has noted that standards have improved over the last 22 years but institutions still suffer heavily from poor funding and shallow monitoring...

Educating Nigeria’s survivors

ABUJA – Two-year-old Bintu Mustapha is the human face behind the hidden humanitarian catastrophe now unfolding in northeast Nigeria.

Mapping the future of AI

BRIGHTON – Artificial intelligence already plays a major role in human economies and societies, and it will play an even bigger role in the coming years. To ponder the future...

The irony of welcoming a tourist even as visa regimes still stifle Africans within

The launch of the East African Tourism portal at The Pearl of Africa Expo in Kampala earlier this week is yet another example of the EAC being one of the...

Economists in denial

LONDON – Early last month, Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England, blamed “irrational behavior” for the failure of the BoE’s recent forecasting models. The failure to spot...

Why Tuberculosis persists

SAN FRANCISCO – It surprises many people in Europe and North America that tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the great scourges in human history. One out of every three people...