The good-governance trap

ROME – Development and improved governance have tended to go hand in hand. But, contrary to popular belief, there is little evidence that success in implementing governance reforms leads to...

Why we need to think about peace and security

All eyes were on Omar al-Bashir. However, something less dramatic but equally important took place at the recent African Union meeting in South Africa.

Road to 2017: Let us avoid confusion in term limit debate

I have, for months now, closely followed what is being said in the media as well as various political declarations on the presidential term limits in preparation for the 2017...

EDITORIAL: Ease access to finance for women

Access to finance is one of the essential ingredients for any country to attain sustainable development and growth. This must be the reason behind government’s drive to promote financial literacy...

Europe's movement against moving

PRINCETON – The largest unresolved issue in the European Union is mobility. The integration process was intended to make it easier and more attractive for Europeans to move from one...

Of legacy, threats and Rwanda's future

Whenever the possibility of President Paul Kagame acceding to Rwandans’ wishes to continue leading them comes up, the reaction is the same and has now become predictable. It goes something...

EDITORIAL: We should never relent on telling the truth about the Genocide

The National Commission for the Fight against the Genocide (CNLG) has urged Rwandans to help document events of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi by sharing more testimonies.

Why small booms cause big busts

BERKELEY – As bubbles go, it was not a very big one. From 2002 to 2006, the share of the American economy devoted to residential construction rose by 1.2 percentage...

Save our soils, they are irreplaceable

BERLIN – The United Nations has declared 2015 to be the International Year of Soils, and April 19-23 marks this year’s Global Soil Week. Such events, though not exactly glamorous,...

Raped at 13, soldiering on ...

She was only 13 years old. As she was returning home from watching a movie in the local cinema, a man in his mid 20s approached her with what he...

Fostering entrepreneurship among Rwandan youth; more questions than answers...

The University of Rwanda's College of Business and Economics (UR-CEB) over a week ago posed a question that is and/or should be of key concern to the country: How do...

EDITORIAL: World must stop forced human displacement

On Saturday, June 20, the world marked the World Refugee Day under the theme, Refugees are Ordinary People in Extraordinary Circumstances’.

The climate Pope and why his message matters

STOCKHOLM – Pope Francis’s just-released encyclical on the environment sends a powerful message not just to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, but to the rest of the global population as...

You will need good 5D glasses to keep up with EAC politics

Saturday was World Refugee Day under the theme, ‘Ordinary people in extra ordinary circumstances.’ The refugee problems seem to persist with East Africa being a key refugee spot. The turbulent...

Lessons from leaked 'monkey-officer' emails

The absurdity with journalism, I have come to learn over the years is that what often turns out to be a great story, is in most cases also about a...

EDITORIAL: Ensuring quality education should be the ultimate goal

With the majority of Rwanda’s population made up of children, it is imperative that the government channels all its energy in their welfare.

The muturage should know where the 'climate shoe' pinches most

It is welcome news that the muturage (common man) will be involved in the forthcoming UN Climate Change talks, the 21st annual session of the Conference of the Parties (COP...

World Refugee Day: Solidarity with refugees in Rwanda

Much has changed since the last World Refugee Day, and unfortunately not for the better. In a matter of only ten weeks, over 35,000 refugees have streamed into Rwanda from...

Peace and refugees: Rwanda’s two contradicting realities

Today, Rwanda joins the rest of the World to mark the world refugee day. This event remains an occasion to honor the courage and determination of millions of refugees including...

EDITORIAL: Diversity in skills is the way to go

That Rwanda has no railway engineers is understandable; the country did not need them since it had never had a single rail. But that will soon change as the country...

Change with stability and continuity: Rwandans decide

The political homework given to RPF cadres on 8th February 2013, was top on agenda, if not the main issue deliberated on, in RPF leaders’ retreat held this last weekend...

Curtailing the spiraling global food insecurity

Prevalent and increasing hunger and poverty, increasing demand for food due to population growth and dietary changes and unsustainable management of natural resources, along with climate change and the threat...

EDITORIAL: Ramadan Mubarak! May unity, peace reign

The Holy Month of Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam, is on for the next 39 days. During the 40 days of fasting, Muslims will reflect on their...

Rwanda 2017: You simply do not change a winning team

As 2017 approaches and the debate regarding presidential term limits advances both within and outside Rwanda, I feel I should add to this ongoing conversation by focusing particularly on one...