How Has President Paul Kagame Performed Economically Since 2000?

By: Dr. David Himbara The one-sided debate inside Rwanda that calls for 3rd presidential term for Kagame pushes the line that he is a rare and economic miracle performer. But hold on. Take look at this data from the just published 2015 World Development Indicators by the World Bank. We can use the indicators to make evidence-based judgment on what Kagame presidency has actually meant for Rwandans. Structurally, Rwanda’s economy remains the same as it was in 2000.* Growth domestic product was $1.7bil in 2000 and grew to $7.5 billion…

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Is foreign aid helping or Hurting Africa

IS FOREIGN AID HELPING OR HURTING AFRICAMore than $50 billion of foreign aid is given to African countries every year to address poverty on the continent. Although this may seem generous, and to some a solid strategy to treat Africa’s ailments, Dambisa Moyo — a Zambian economist with a background that includes Harvard, Oxford and Goldman Sachs — says just the opposite.

In her new book, Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is Another Way for Africa, Moyo claims that foreign aid has been “an unmitigated political, economic and humanitarian disaster.”

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The Untold Stories: Does Foreign Aid to Rwanda, Fuel Congo Violence?

By: Jacquline Umurungi, Brussels        Conflict and humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo have taken the lives of 5.4 million people since 1998 and continue to leave as many as 45,000 dead every month, according to a major International Rescue Committee study. The liberal democrat MP in UK representing Portsmouth South with his colleagues has argued that the UK taxpayer’s money should not be used by the Rwandan government to fuel the conflict in Congo. The UK is Rwanda’s biggest direct aid donor, giving £83m a…

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The Rwandan Government: When the tree falls, birds are in misery

By: Jennifer Fierberg, MSW In the small country of Rwanda buried deep in the heart of Africa continues to make loud noises despite their assumed desire to keep things quiet and inconspicuous.  Within this small country lies a government that oppresses its own people through intimidation, lack of open political space and fear to speak honestly and openly about the government in personal circles as well as in the press. In the larger city of Kigali, the Capitol of Rwanda, there is much development and financial progress since the 1994…

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