Rwanda has drawn international attention as a result of the remarkable transformation that has been achieved.
In just 17 years, the country has risen from the ashes of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, to a progressing country with a bright future that even the optimists never imagined.
The achievements are a result of the leadership that has designed and encouraged home grown solutions and policies that have effected positive change.
Every last Saturday of the month, Rwandans collectively participate in community work that has contributed to the wellbeing of the people.
Commonly known as Umuganda, the exercise has seen classrooms constructed, roads paved, successful reforestation and the less privileged availed housing, among other benefits.
Umuganda helps communities interact and discuss challenges they face and solutions to address them. Some of the areas that have been looked into include the fight against Gender Based Violence, child protection and fundraising for health insurance premiums.
Another successful home grown solution is the Gacaca courts, which have not only delivered justice, considering the magnitude of cases from the Genocide, but also boosted the unity and reconciliation efforts which have contributed to a sustainable secure and stable society.