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.

Why Education For All is critical

Rwanda has implemented key reforms in the education sector, despite high population growth and financial constraints, thanks to the political will combined with participatory practical measures.

How to boost access to essential medicines

DÜSSELDORF – Around the world, health security is increasingly being recognized as the foundation of economic growth. Healthy populations are better able to produce, trade, and innovate, while unhealthy populations...

[Editorial] Investing in modern medical facilities makes sense, and saves money

A few years ago, kidney patients covered by the community health insurance scheme, Mutuelle de Sante, were in serious dilemma; undergoing dialysis treatment was not covered by their insurance.

Can our police achieve a crime rate of 0.3 per 100,000 people?

It’s unbearable grief when young lives are carelessly snuffed out at the hands of rogue drivers. Last weekend saw this kind of tragedy when seven students from Kampala International University,...

Why SDGs provide a historical opportunity for African countries

The role of Human Rights Institutions is particularly urgent for Africa. Many of our people are, needlessly, still in poverty, yet they can be pulled of it if the will...

Editorial: Women should be the first line of defence for their rights

A few weeks ago, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, one of the most conservative countries, took everyone by surprise when at last it allowed women to drive. In what was...

What should be in a city ! the quality or the quantity?

Recently, the world took time to celebrate “world’s cities day”, a day expected to greatly promote the international community’s interest in global urbanisation under a general theme of ‘Better City,...

EDITORIAL: All should play role in promoting a vibrant media

Tuesday was a special day for the media fraternity. On the African continent’s perspective, it was the African Day of Information, but locally, two major events took place. The National...

Africa’s demographic dividend narrative on trial

In a proceeding recently, my two colleagues and I left a case unsettled. In the trial, I accused Africa’s demographic dividend narrative to be a hype; on the defence side,...

Kigali’s real estate industry – crisis or opportunity

Real estate has been a booming business in Kigali for the last couple of years. Drive around town and you will see new residential and commercial properties being built. Examine...

EDITORIAL: Professionalism key to fixing challenges afflicting local media

Media practitioners, owners, experts, policy-makers and other stakeholders yesterday met in Kigali for the 9th annual national media dialogue to take stock of the country’s progress toward building a vibrant...

What reforms say about politics in East Africa

If anyone asked East Africans, especially Kenyans and Ugandans, what the most frequently used word in their politics is, they would probably get this answer: reform.

[Editorial] Universal HIV/AIDS treatment: Scale up voluntary testing and counseling

Global researchers met in Kigali to chart ways on how to effectively achieve universal HIV/AIDS treatment on the African continent through effective implementation of the World Health Organisation’s 2016 "treat...

Does Africa have a story to tell?

A fortnight ago I collated some thoughts into a Twitter thread. Readers agreed with most of what I was saying except for the statement that ‘Africa has no story to...

Rwanda's quest to bridge the Gender Gap

Like anyone would feel when you’re elevated from one status to another-obviously from a lower to higher position-you would feel flying high. The same applies when a country’s profile is...

Climate leadership means ending fossil-fuel production

VANCOUVER/BERLIN – The end of the fossil-fuel era is on the horizon. With renewables like solar and wind consistently outperforming expectations, growth in electric vehicles far exceeding projections, and governments...