Why is Kigali burning?

By: Dr. David Himbara I have been asked by several Facebook friends to comment on Kigali fires but I resisted until now. I initially held back for obvious reason that I would not know the cause. I am thousands of kilometers away, so I have no way of knowing whether these fires are due to accidents or sabotage. Nevertheless, we can comment on what we have observed in the aftermath of these fires that have caused anxiety among the population and untold losses of property, investment and jobs. First, the…

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African philanthropy: the new drivers of development

More money is sent to Africa through remittances from the diaspora than funding from aid agencies. Photograph: Alamy   Remittances to Africa could transform local philanthropy and put the continent on path of self development When you think of philanthropy in Africa what names come to mind? Bill Gates, Bono, Ford Foundation, Soros, Charity Water, World Bank, or Oxfam? If so, you are justified: they have occupied much of the discourse on development, charity and philanthropy in Africa. But you are wrong if you think philanthropy and development in Africa is limited only to…

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Foreign Policy in Rwanda: A discussion with Deo Lukyamuzi

By: Jennifer Fierberg Rwanda has faced numerous challenges in the past year with their credibility and foreign relations. Both have seen severe declines with the UN GoE report that states the M23 rebel group currently harassing Eastern DRC is being funded and organized by the Government of Rwanda. A claim the Rwandan Government denies. Due to the publications of these reports Rwanda has faced hundreds of millions of dollars in aid cuts which has left a significant dent in their ability to fund many programs.  Deo Lukyamuzi, Commissioner for External…

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Rwanda: Making money while breaking the backs of the deprived

By: Jennifer Fierberg, MSW On August 3, 2012 the US government sent a strongly worded message to the Government of Rwanda regarding their continued support of the M23 rebel group in the eastern part of the DR Congo. The letter specifically states in part that: “We are writing as a bipartisan group of legislators to express our deep concern about the recent and growing conflict in eastern Congo. The violence in eastern Congo has severe consequences on the local populations, puts the gains Rwanda has made in stability and living…

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NETHERLANDS CUTS BACK RWANDA SUPPORT

Paul Kagame, Rwanda’s president, is under growing pressure from international donors to end alleged support for a fresh rebellion in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. The Netherlands on Thursday became the first European country to announce it was suspending budget support to the Kigali government as a result of evidence in a report by a United Nations group of experts. The report accused Rwandan officials of violating a UN arms embargo by supplying weapons, ammunition and fighters to the M23 militia in eastern Congo responsible for the heaviest outbreak…

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What will President Kagame learn from the sentencing of former President Mubarak?

By: Jennifer Fierberg, MSW In this age of technology, email, instant messaging, Facebook and Twitter, information is available in an instant. Twitter has become an open forum for politics in nearly every country and for every reason. During the last few years, the world has witnessed some politicians engaging journalists and constituents in cyber disagreements almost as if they think the world cannot see their conversations. For better or for worse Social Media is here to stay. Often times one a person will rant or comment without thought or concern…

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