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:… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More


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… Read More

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… Read More