Rwanda's digital governance is taking shape

Eighteen months ago, Rwanda Development Board (RDB), acting on behalf of the Rwandan government, entered into a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) contractual agreement with a local company, Ngali Holdings. The company was to put into practice a pioneering platform known as RwandaOnline with a...

Thursday, February 18, 2016, 12:00 AM

Where is Africa's Al Jazeera?

Defined as an unfavourable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought or reason, prejudice has been used for many centuries to bring down faiths, societies and much more. Karen Armstrong, a writer on comparative religion once wrote that ever since the crusades, when...

Thursday, February 11, 2016, 12:00 AM

Africa's bleak quest for UNSC seat

“Dear Ban Ki-moon, we hope that this letter finds you well. The reason for this memo is to remind you of the desire to have at least two of our 54 member countries accorded permanent memberships at the Security Council. “As things stand, we believe that the current structure of an...

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 12:00 AM

Rwanda's self-reliance goal will largely depend on the conduct of young people

Today, over 50 per cent of the world’s population is under the age of 25. In Rwanda, it is believed that at least 3.7 million individuals are aged between 15 and 34. Effectively, what this means is that addressing the special needs of the youth; education, employment, and the pursuit of...

Thursday, January 28, 2016, 12:00 AM

The need to rethink our education system

The Majority of commentators agree that for a poor nation to develop at a pace worthy of acknowledgement, her people must be equipped with skills necessary to contribute to overall production. This claim is all more valid when the country in question has no known natural resources to rely on for...

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 12:00 AM

Packaging is the missing link for Made in Rwanda success

It has been said that every year, at least 90 percent of new products on the market fail. Apparently, the reason for this is simple: most of these products fail to meet customers’ expectations on the account that intended consumers do not have the time and /or energy to weigh the advantages...

Thursday, January 7, 2016, 12:00 AM

I judge the efficiency of my government on these two factors...

What do you think of when you hear the term ‘government’? Does the President of the Republic come to mind? Or is it Parliament? Maybe you get a mental picture of a Minister in his or her office delegating duties and later following up to ensure that policies are implemented the way they...

Thursday, December 31, 2015, 12:00 AM

'YES' vote is a badge that should be worn with pride

December has been a good month for many Rwandans. In fact, aside from the landslide victory registered by the Yes voters during the recently concluded referendum, The Economist  news magazine also revealed last week that Rwandans can now expect to live almost 32 years longer than...

Thursday, December 24, 2015, 12:00 AM

Do African leaders need US$5m as an incentive to govern well?

Last week, former Namibia President Hifikepunye Pohamba became the fourth African leader to be awarded the Mo Ibrahim Achievement in African Leadership Prize, a prize which is currently the world’s most valuable individual award considering that a laureate receives a US$5 million award paid...

Thursday, November 26, 2015, 12:00 AM

When all the cameras are in Paris, who will shine a light on Burundi?

Forty-three people killed – this is not Paris or Bujumbura, I am not there just yet. This is in Beirut where on Thursday, November 12, terrorists carried out twin suicide bombings in the Lebanese capital which left approximately 239 people injured. It was the deadliest attack of its kind...

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 12:00 AM

'Made in Rwanda' can play a big role in reducing the trade deficit

There is no two ways about it; the world is a global village and that means that just as much as there is free movement of labour, at least in many parts of the world, there is even a greater level of free movement of goods and services. That is to say, if you are in need of a desktop computer or...

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 12:00 AM

The curious case of Rwanda's political arena and how outsiders struggle with it

Unable to fully comprehend the mechanics of how a tiny land-locked nation like Rwanda has managed to defy the unforgiving odds of becoming the next broken-nation-in-waiting, a number of western leaders and their media-lieutenants have once again succumbed to the old habit of issuing warnings meant...

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 12:00 AM

Women empowerment is not for women alone

I have never been one to doubt or for that matter attempt to downplay the ability of a woman, and frankly, it gives me great joy to know that the majority of my compatriots share a similar state of mind when it comes to understanding the value of women in our society. This mind-set is in part...

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 12:00 AM

'Ihangane' should not be used as a means to mask poor customer service

We have all been there; that moment you walk into a bank, government office, a restaurant or café, and all you want to be provided with is a reasonable level of customer service, which in all honesty should not even begin to break a baby’s sweat. It is that simple, well at least most...

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 12:00 AM

Meritocracy should be the Rwandan way of life

Singapore’s founding leader, Lee Kuan Yew once said that: “I make no apologies for collecting the most talented team I could find.”  When the late leader said these words, he was arguing that his nation, Singapore, should and must be governed on a system of meritocracy...

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 12:00 AM

#RwandaDay2015: Lessons from Amsterdam

The seventh edition of Rwanda Day which took place last Saturday October 3, 2015 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, was nothing short of a spectacle coated with ounces of patriotism, flashes of ambiance, and last but not least, traces of achievement by a country whose dark historical facts would have...

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 12:00 AM

Why local authorities can be part of the solution

As news emerged last week that Vision City project was set to deliver 500 housing units to Kigali City residents by April 2016, I had mixed thoughts. First, like any future first time home-buyer, I was delighted that this announcement was a step in the right direction in addressing the current...

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 12:00 AM

Could drones help bypass geographical barriers in Rwanda?

Imagine for one second that a place you call home is located in one of Rwanda’s difficult-to-reach villages or towns, and disaster has struck; ten minutes ago, while you were busy ploughing your field in preparation of the rainy season, somehow one of the tools you were using slipped and...

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 12:00 AM

The missing jigsaw in explaining Rwanda's rebirth

Jake, is a British national who likes to think of himself as a friend of Rwanda. Two weeks ago, Jake and I sat down for a cup of coffee to chat about his recent trip to Rwanda. “It is always interesting to speak to a native about these things,” he explained. First, we chatted about the...

Thursday, September 17, 2015, 12:00 AM

Rwanda 2017: opinions are welcome, but only Rwandans will decide

On September 4, John Kirby, a US Department of State spokesperson released a press statement cautioning the decision by Rwanda’s Parliament to establish a Constitutional Reform Commission, which in the view of the State Department he represents may “amend or remove executive term limits...

Thursday, September 10, 2015, 12:00 AM

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