Social protection is about transformation

Quality of life in any country is measured by the level at which it takes care of vulnerable persons especially women and children, the elderly and persons with disabilities, among...

Why Kenya's #Githeriman should have graced the Kigali media meet

Many of those who follow news on the Kenyan scene in Rwanda and the region will remember the Githeri Man.

The moral urgency of mental health

PRINCETON – If we can prevent great suffering at no cost to ourselves, we ought to do so. That principle is widely accepted and difficult to dispute. Yet Western governments...

[Editorial] Removing unnecessary visa hurdles will open more opportunities

Another milestone has been achieved in Rwanda’s quest to promote its open door policy. From the beginning of next year, visitors to Rwanda will no longer have to apply for...

What’s too costly when your very dignity is at stake?

When, in his opinion piece, a fellow columnist rattled off names of hangouts in this city, though he mentioned only a few in passing, I felt like an alien. I’d...

More genres to explore for continuous journalism development

The last two decades recorded tremendous growth in the profession of journalism in Rwanda, which should be noticed and appreciated because it did not just come about. Despite of the...

Editorial: Rwandan peacekeepers have set the bar very high

In May 2015, an international conference on the protection of civilians took place in Kigali. The meeting brought together 30 of the top troop and police contributing countries in peace...

How telecoms accelerate SME growth through innovation

This week Rwanda welcomed the fourth edition of the 'SME and Banking Africa Forum' at the landmark Kigali Convention Centre. The theme of this year’s forum, which brought together business...

My journey to Rwanda was a one way ticket

I arrived in Rwanda on a one way ticket over four years ago after living 35 years abroad. I just wanted to step off the bus. I even recorded a...

Editorial: There is no pride in remaining a refugee when the country’s doors are open

Rwandan refugees all over the world have just a month and a half before they lose their refugee status as the Cessation Clause comes into effect at the end of...

Electronic payments: Enabling a cashless economic transformation

A few years back in Rwanda, applying for government services was a frustrating experience. People seeking for these services had to endure all sorts of challenges such as costly journeys...

A tale of my favourite book

My favourite book of all times is one I rarely speak of.

The moral identity of homo economicus

CAMBRIDGE – Why do people vote, if doing so is costly and highly unlikely to affect the outcome? Why do people go above and beyond the call of duty at...

[Editorial] Africa is capable of dealing with its issues

President Kagame left a straight-forward but far-reaching piece of advice during the just concluded Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa. He said that the best way to...

African solutions to African problems must show results

We can all remember the justified indignation that led Africans to call for African solutions to African problems. It was in response to foreigners dictating solutions that often did not...

Editorial: Fix loopholes in e-procurement to enhance efficiency

Rwanda Public Procurement Authority (RPPA) has urged contractors to embrace the e-procurement system while applying for public tenders. The call was made during a meeting on the role of public...

Good governance is about being pragmatic

Last Wednesday, on 8 November 2017, I attended a Holland Alumni Workshop under the theme “Impact of Holland Alumni in Strengthening the Rule of Law in Rwanda”, organised by Initiatives...

New era, new opportunity: the 19th National Congress of CPC and its meaning for China-Rwandan relations

The 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party that concluded on October 24th in Beijing drew world attention. Fruitful outcomes from this event, which are of great importance not...

Central banks in the dock

LONDON – On November 11, 1997, the Bank of England took a big step toward independence, courtesy of the second reading in the House of Commons of a bill amending...

[EDITORIAL] Stunting in children; the buck stops with the parents

Fighting stunting among children requires everyone’s efforts if the country’s target to reduce stunting from the current 38 per cent to 15 per cent by 2020 is to be achieved.

Tour du Rwanda and the spinning wheel of a country’s identity

In the world of communication there is something we call pre-testing. Here, the reception towards a given message is put to test using a sample audience with the aim of...

It’s time to give GDP a break

The New Times carried a front page headline on Friday in which one of my favourite ministers, Claver Gatete said: “Rwanda’s economy is bouncing back” (to faster growth following a...

Editorial: Time for Rwandan sportsmen to overcome patriotic pressure

The 9th edition of the Tour du Rwanda is on. For the next eight days, riders will undertake a grueling 800 kilometre-plus road show. They will be challenging the enormous...

Egypt's participation will add new tonic to Nile Basin Initiative

One of the main highlights of the recent Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) meetings was Egypt’s consideration to participate in NBI activities after a seven-year hiatus.