Opinions

Psychological safety boosts staff output

In organisational culture commensurate with modern work life, employees either love working in teams or hate them altogether. While creativity comes far better from individual quiet alone work time and many report writing or logistical tasks are done faster by an individual rather than a team,...

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 11:30pm

Religious orders have an answer to the predicament their schools find themselves in

Some days ago we broached the subject of 57 secondary schools that had been suspended for a number of reasons, most of them regarding poor infrastructure, hygiene and administrative shortcomings. Some of the schools, it could be said, were facing serious financial constraints and were overwhelmed...

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 11:25pm

The volatile cryptocurrencies and what must be done

It has become an economic fact that, short of a global ban, which is unlikely, the cryptocurrencies are here to stay. Thus, financial experts, local and foreign, keep cautioning that their volatility means people should not invest more than they can afford to lose. The risks may not be...

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 12:00am

Editorial: Someone has to pick the tab for losses due to poor planning

Imihigo (performance contracts), one of the homegrown solutions that have been behind the stellar performance by the current government, is in the news once again. This time it is not how districts fared but why they failed. Now it seems it all comes down to poor planning as one of the causes, a...

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 11:58pm

Confronting journalism’s misogynistic

LONDON – Before the Internet revolutionized how news was gathered and shared, journalists rarely had to worry about the threat of virtual violence. The main risks they faced were in the field: the physical and psychological safety concerns of reporting on disaster and conflict. But today...

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 11:28pm

Upgrading international devt

PARIS – These are hard times for international cooperation. With rising protectionism, burgeoning trade disputes, and a troubling lack of concern for shared interests like climate change, the world seems to be turning its back on multilateralism. And yet cooperation remains one of our best...

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 11:24pm

A better world is here

SKANDERBORG, DENMARK – It’s very easy to form the view that the modern world is coming apart. We are constantly confronted with an onslaught of negativity: frightening headlines, alarming research findings, and miserable statistics. There are indeed many things on the planet that we...

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 12:25am

Why strengthening land rights strengthens development

WASHINGTON, DC – For most of the world’s poor and vulnerable people, secure property rights, including land tenure, are a rarely accessible luxury. Unless this changes, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be impossible to achieve. Land tenure determines who can use land, for...

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 12:24am

Rwanda: From Zombie-land to Bag-o-thousand-tricks-land

At the base of Rwanda’s border ‘horn’ that projects into D.R. Congo’s eastern border convergence with Uganda’s south-western border, at the foot of Mt Muhabura, there snuggles umudugudu (a village) that goes by the imposing name of Amajambere. That name has a long...

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 12:02am

Editorial: Sub-standard schools should not be given breathing space

The Government has suspended 57 schools for not meeting set standards. Some of the schools did not meet the minimum hygienic standards, especially in the kitchen and toilets. Others were not suitable for students with special needs such as rumps for wheelchairs or had no form of lighting. That...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 11:59pm

The impact of Rwanda’s deal with Arsenal is already being felt

With the summer heatwave seemingly over, the day dawned like any other British day, clouds heavy with rain and Arsenal fans excited for the first match of the Premier League season. I was excited for an entirely different reason, a very proud reason. As Arsenal’s first ever sleeve partner, my...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 12:18pm

Protectionism for Liberals

LONDON – Liberal revulsion at US President Donald Trump’s mendacious and uncouth politics has spilled over into a rigid defense of market-led globalization. To the liberal, free trade in goods and services and free movement of capital and labor are integrally linked to liberal politics...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 1:43am

The Turkish emerging market timebomb

LONDON – Turkey’s falling currency and deteriorating financial conditions lend credence, at least for some people, to the notion that “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste.” I suspect that many Western policymakers, in particular, are not entirely unhappy about Turkey...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 1:42am

The Zero-Sum Economy

Across the global economy, the potential for automation seems huge. Adidas’ “Speedfactory” in Bavaria will employ 160 workers to produce 500,000 pairs of shoes each year, a productivity rate over five times higher than in typical factories today. The British Retail Consortium...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 12:18am

Embezzlers of Saccos should be shown no mercy

Some years ago, the American financial sector was in serious trouble and it took the government’s bail out of most banks to avoid a complete financial meltdown. Banks had been dishing out mortgages carelessly left, right and centre, without the certainty that their clients were able to pay....

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 9:17pm

I do not represent strangers, I represent Rwandans

‘We may not all get jobs in Rwanda, but should a person not get a job, they should be confident that it is not because they come from a particular family, region or tribe.” This was the message from Antoine Mugesera at a recent launch of his new book titled, Rwanda 1959-1962, la...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 4:21pm

Realising globalisation’s innovative potential

WASHINGTON, DC – Globalization has come under fire in recent years, with people in some countries becoming increasingly frustrated with the uneven distribution of its gains. But weaknesses in management or execution should not be allowed to obscure globalization’s far-reaching potential...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 11:53pm

Kibeho needs an extreme makeover as a tourist destination

Today is Assumption Day, a day widely believed by the Catholic Church when Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, ascended to Heaven. It is not easy discussing or dispelling religious beliefs, it is dangerous territory and one has to tread carefully. The issue of the apparition of the Virgin Mary in...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 10:03pm

Rwanda finds sporting niche in cycling

Samuel Mugisha, a twenty-year old Rwandan won the Tour du Rwanda cycling championship that ended on Sunday. He follows a growing list of Rwandan winners of the event going back to 2014. The other winners are Joseph Areruya, Adrien Niyonshuti, Valens Ndayisenga and Jean Bosco Nsengimana. In a way...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 2:09am

Europe’s google fines cross the line

PARIS – The European Union’s regulatory bodies seem to be particularly hostile to Google. In June 2017, the European Commission fined the company €2.42 billion ($2.75 billion) for breaching EU antitrust rules, after concluding that, “Google has abused its market dominance as...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 12:57am