Urbanisation need not be a cause for alarm

THE WORLD urban population is projected to increase from the current 3.5 billion people to a staggering 6.2 billion in 2050.  That estimation was highlighted during a three-day first-ever United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) integration segment in New York, which attracted...

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 12:00 AM

Fairtrade: How fair is it?

TODAY, in London, like in most parts of Britain, if you want to top up on polyphenolic antioxidants or simply add some Vitamin C in your body, fair-trade products such as fresh coffee and fresh banana are some of the products widely available on the market to cater for your needs.  In fact,...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 12:00 AM

Is Rwanda on track to become a regional service hub by 2020?

SINCE 1998, the Government of Rwanda has continued to develop mechanisms intended to strengthen the country’s position to become a regional service hub. The aim is for Rwanda to become a regional hub in areas such as banking, legal, retail, hotels, real estate, tourism, transport, education...

Thursday, May 22, 2014, 12:00 AM

Helping out: how affordable is it?

“I AM getting married, you are invited and I need your contribution” – read a text message that I received from a friend of mine a while back.  This was exciting news in a sense that a friend I had known for a long time had finally decided to settle down and begin a journey...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 12:00 AM

How can Africa rise together?

AS YOU read this piece, Nigeria is hosting the 2014 World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, an event expected to attract several heads of state and government, prominent business personalities and several other movers and shakers of our global village. The event, which is expected to conclude on May...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 12:00 AM

E-government: to dare is to do

RECENTLY, the government of Rwanda, through the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), entered into a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) contractual agreement with a local company, Ngali Holdings, to put into practice an innovative platform known as RwandaOnline, which will focus specifically on providing...

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 12:00 AM

Curbing white-collar corruption is what we need

ONLY A handful of critics will argue against Rwanda’s current steady drive to eliminate corruption from all aspects of society. Indeed, Rwanda is often seen as one of a few countries in Africa to have successfully implemented a framework to combat the vice, an effort that has led to the...

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 12:00 AM

Making globalisation work for Rwanda

Last week, Bob Diamond, a former Barclays bank boss and Ashish Thakkar founder of Mara Group, together with the Government of Rwanda, kick-started an exercise that is likely to end up with the duo obtaining controlling stake in the commercial banking subsidiary of the Development Bank of Rwanda (...

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 12:00 AM

How healthcare reforms have improved service delivery (Part 2)

THIS IS the last of my two opinion pieces intended to highlight some of the reforms that have taken place in the Rwandan health sector over the last few years.  The first article looked at how the introduction of modern health services in rural areas has significantly improved maternal...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:00 AM

How healthcare reforms have improved service delivery

RWANDA HAS continued to invest substantially in the health sector in order to improve access to health service while at the same time improving quality of services provided.  This follows the commitment made by African leaders when they met in 2001 in Abuja, Nigeria, where they “pledged...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 12:00 AM

The youth today must never forget our history

ON SUNDAY afternoon, over thirty-five members of the Rwandan youth Diaspora from London, United Kingdom, met at Rwanda House to watch ‘Ghost of Rwanda’, a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) documentary about the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.  The overall objective of the...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 12:00 AM

Why citizens must demand accountability

As direct as the headline reads, it is a simple fact that in a democracy when a public official assumes office and the responsibilities that come with it; they acknowledge that their primary responsibility is to serve the interests of an ordinary citizen first and foremost. Similarly, when public...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 12:00 AM

The absolute necessity to tell our own stories

WHEN I was growing up my grandmother encouraged me to listen to local radio almost every day. She also insisted that I listened to regional and international radio stations.  By the same token, my father encouraged me to read local newspapers and to watch television programmes, particularly...

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 12:00 AM

Can business concepts improve public service delivery in Rwanda?

AS a society, we trust the police to keep law and order, to deter crime, and to come to our rescue when needed. Similarly, when we are in poor health, we are inclined to call upon our doctors and hospitals to treat us and return us to normal life. Equally, when we take our children to school, we...

Thursday, February 27, 2014, 12:00 AM

Let us focus on business not aid

ON 27 January, Justine Greening, the United Kingdom’s International Development Secretary announced at the London Stock Exchange that Britain is to spend a record £1.8bn to boost business climate in developing countries from 2015. According to the Guardian, Greening observed that...

Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 12:00 AM

Why is Africa hungry again?

AFRICA has the potential to feed itself and even have a surplus to feed hungry mouths beyond the seas. So why doesn’t it?  Time and time again we have come across appeals by international institutions such as the United Nations, media outlets, and non-governmental organisations, asking...

Friday, February 14, 2014, 12:00 AM

We must collectively empower the youth with employable skills

A RECURRING theme in political and economic discourse in Rwanda is that young people should alter their mindset and move away from thinking as job-seekers to job-creators.  Similarly, young people are constantly, and rightly so, reminded that the future of Rwanda is in their hands and that...

Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 12:00 AM

Can we rely on young Africans in the Diaspora?

On a wet Monday evening after an eight-hour shift interning at the United Kingdom’s Parliament at Westminster, I board one of London’s renowned red double-decker bus heading back home to South West London. I am one of many thousands of young African Diasporas trying to accumulate...

Friday, January 17, 2014, 12:00 AM

New policy on student loans will spur savings

Editor,It is perfectly sensible for the government to decide to alter the way the student loan system works. Although it is somewhat understandable that some sections of the Rwandan society are unhappy about the new policy, I am of the view that it was about time the government changed its position...

Monday, September 30, 2013, 12:00 AM

Digital governance is a milestone and protecting sensitive data a priority

Editor,I have just completed an MSc thesis that looks at how Rwanda has applied a management model of ‘New Public Management’ to improve its public service delivery, particularly with regard to health and education.This model was applied in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation...

Friday, September 13, 2013, 12:00 AM

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