How well has the Fairtrade movement done?

Today, in London, like in many other parts of the West, if you want to top up on polyphenolic antioxidants or simply add some Vitamin C in your body, Fairtrade...

EDITORIAL: Africa should fast track green cover restoration

Investing in forest and landscape restoration as well as ensuring their sustainability will improve livelihoods of African people. The call was made by experts during a two-day Forest and Landscape...

The varieties of populist experience

Emmanuel Macron’s decisive defeat of Marine Le Pen in the French presidential runoff was a major victory for liberal Europe. But it was a battle, not a war. The idea...

Restoring competition in the digital economy

The digital economy is carving out new divides between capital and labor, by allowing one firm, or a small number of firms, to capture an increasingly large market share.

The joyful power of the diaspora

Two weeks ago I met another one of Rwanda’s truly remarkable women - I will refer to her only as Joy. But this article isn’t about her. Rather, it is...

EAC should take positive economic growth with cautious optimism

The International Monetary Fund and Fitch Ratings concur on Rwanda’s positive economic outlook. While each country is unique in its circumstance, this reflects on the wider EAC, specifically Uganda, Tanzania...

EDITORIAL: IMF growth projections for Rwanda a vote of confidence in economy

Rwanda’s economy is projected to rebound and expand by 6.2 per cent this year, driven by recovery of the agriculture sector, as well as growth in exports, and reduction in...

Taking Eurozone growth seriously

I have been out of the world of international finance and economic forecasting for more than four years, but much of what I learned during my 30 years working full-time...

Even 'dull' things like development need smart branding

In the last two weeks, Kigali was host to three important events that seek to shape Africa's future and its place in the world. The first was a retreat of...

Preserving our dignity and achievements

"Political will must be present if any government wants to make a difference in its citizens' lives" My 92-year old grandmother has been hospitalized and was on oxygen for the...

EDITORIAL: Rwanda Revenue Authority has potential to surpass the Rwf1 trillion target

Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) has announced it will issue 1,000 machines, a ‘second generation of electronic billing machines’ (EBMs), a system the tax collectors said will help monitor transactions from...

The right to agricultural technology

In the 1960s, when biologist Paul Ehrlich was predicting mass starvation due to rapid population growth, plant breeder Norman Borlaug was developing the new crops and approaches to agriculture that...

ICT uptake will deliver quality services

Last week’s Transform Africa Summit, held in Kigali, pledged to bolster the ICT sector whose aim is to achieve ‘smart cities’ across the continent. On this note, President Paul Kagame,...

The role of tourism in Rwanda’s conservation success

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United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)’s theme for 2017 is sustainable tourism, a subject not so new in Rwanda. The country’s conservation journey began more than a decade ago and...

EDITORIAL: Integrate palliative care into health care, education systems

In 2011, Rwanda became the first African country to roll out a national palliative care policy, setting in motion a four-year strategic plan. Six years later, the country has made...

Rwanda and Kenya now doing tourism the ‘Sitya Loss way'

Rwanda continued to surge ahead as a top MICE tourism destination with yet another huge conference being held in Kigali – the Transform Africa Summit 2017 that brought together several...

Rwanda is literally transforming Africa

Rwanda may not be Africa’s largest economy but the East African nation has gradually become the central engine that is dexterously powering a new wave of optimism across the continent...

Why Africa should go cashless

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India has lately been pursuing an ambitious goal: a cashless economy. Despite early missteps and frustrations, it will turn out to be a change for the better for the country’s...

Editorial: Private sector key to achieving the ICT agenda

The third edition of Transform Africa summit closed in Kigali on Friday with many delegates upbeat that the meeting had galvanised leaders’ commitment to employ ICTs to accelerate the continent’s...

Security and stability in Somalia

It’s never a good sign when the recommended mode of transport through a national capital is by armoured convoy.

Is Germany unbalanced or unhinged?

HAMBURG – For US President Donald Trump, the measure of a country’s economic strength is its current-account balance – its exports of goods and services minus its imports. This idea...

Getting fiscal stimulus and central bank independence in synch

LONDON – Until early last autumn, the global economy seemed stuck in a deflationary trap. For five years in a row, the International Monetary Fund had downgraded its medium-term growth...

[Editorial] Girinka: Civil society should help promote transparency, value for money

The government this week signed an agreement with civil society organisations under which the latter will play an active role in the implementation of the One-Cow-Per-Poor-Family programme, better known as...

Running the distance

I have often been diagnosed with incurable stubbornness, but last year, I was almost cured by the Kigali Peace Marathon. It all began when I turned thirty and resolved to...