As armyworms strike, the GMO debate continues

None of the East African Community (EAC) countries has escaped the fall armyworm invasion as the caterpillar continues on its destructive march on the continent. As of May 2017, about...

How money could unblock the Brexit talks

LONDON – Like many divorce proceedings, Britain’s negotiations with the European Union have reached an impasse that can be broken only by compromise. The solution is for both sides to...

The sovereignty that really matters

MADRID – In his famous “political trilemma of the world economy,” Harvard economist Dani Rodrik boldly claims that global economic integration, the nation-state, and democracy cannot coexist. At best, we...

[Editorial] Industry has a key role to play in ensuring quality education

Education experts from Eastern and Southern Africa meeting in Kigali this week have urged stronger collaborations between governments and the private sector in the region so as to help improve...

We need to recruit an army of microbes to help fight our sewage strife

For a long time, we have bemoaned the lack of a central sewage system in our towns, especially our rapidly expanding Kigali. We are panicky because it can mean a...

Editorial: Exploit all avenues for private sector financing

The high cost of borrowing has long been cited as one of the obstacles to entrepreneurship and investments in Rwanda.

A roadmap to end cholera

GENEVA – “Where is your toilet?” This is often the first question I ask when I visit the site of a cholera outbreak anywhere in the world. More often than...

Making globalisation work for all

WASHINGTON, DC – One positive outcome of the trade tensions of recent years is a renewed interest in understanding how trade actually works, in terms of aggregate gains, distributional effects,...

Of two contrasting partnerships

Rwandans have a saying that goes 'Inshuti nyayo uyibona mu byago' (loosely, a friend in need is a friend indeed). Culture and its values sustain society and defend it against...

EDITORIAL: Media silence over HRW’s exposure raises unanswered questions

A few months ago, Human Rights Watch (HRW), with a lot of fanfare, came out with yet another of its now famous “reports” on alleged rights abuses in Rwanda. To...

Nurturing a gender-conscious generation

It is the year 2017 and the name Harvey is nothing but negative in the minds of many. Not only is it the name of a devastating hurricane but it...

It takes a village

In the scorching sun of a June afternoon, a gaunt teenage boy arrived at Kinyinya Health Centre. Weary and out of breath, Ishimwe made his way into the crowded waiting...

EDITORIAL: Fast-track ratification of the Kigali Amendment

October 15, 2017 marked the first anniversary of the Kigali Amendment to the 1989 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The Kigali Amendment, sealed during the 28th...

Why are Africans absent from Nobel Prize winners?

The Nobel Prize season has just ended and we know the winners of the prize in physics, chemistry, medicine, economics, literature and peace for 2017. Around this time of the...

Editorial: Take breast cancer awareness to the workplace

October is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month across the world, and the Ministry of Health is undertaking a number of activities to increase awareness in the fight against breast cancer,...

Roots of change: Make migration work for rural development

Throughout history, one of the most effective strategies for people to look for a better future has been to move. In most cases leaving impoverished rural areas in search of...

Harmful benevolence in Rwanda's judicial system

The ideology of genocide and justice cannot go hand in hand. You cannot embrace both at once. As such, one of the sectors of the state that suffered serious decay...

How can UR balance its mission and financial goals?

To the best of my knowledge, the majority elite Rwandans, including myself, have been trained and groomed by the University of Rwanda (UR) to be resourceful in society. It is...

Editorial: Strict regulation key to fixing public transport woes

The State Minister for Transport, Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye, has put Rwanda Federation of Transport Cooperative (RFTC) on the spot over harsh working conditions it has subjected its drivers to.

Closing the education gender gap

WASHINGTON, DC – Completing primary school in Niger was never a certainty for Aishetu Mahmoudu Hama, given all the obstacles that stood in her way. “It was hard to study,”...

What do they mean by, "The law is very clear on this"

Language is one of those things that continue to fascinate me. I guess being a child of two different ethnicities means the linguistic interest kicks in much earlier when your...

The entrenchment of the political internet

The twists and turns in the unfolding plot in Kenya’s repeat presidential elections continue to intrigue not so much because of the anxiety resulting from the apparently politically calculated infusion...

The geoengineering fallacy

BERLIN – As the world struggles to rein in emissions of climate-changing gases and limit planetary warming, a new technological silver bullet is gaining supporters. Geoengineering –the large-scale manipulation of...

The case against free-market capitalism

OXFORD – Free-market capitalism is on trial. In the United Kingdom, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn accuses neoliberalism of increasing homelessness, throwing children into poverty, and causing wages to fall...