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Rwanda an example for Africa

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Shankbone post – Earth Made of Glass premiere with President Paul Kagame of Rwanda This photo is included in my ‘100 People I Photographed for the Creative Commons’ set of my favorites shots out of the thousands of people I have photographed. (About David Shankbone) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At the mention of Rwanda, thoughts of genocide and the mutilation of thousands of people come into mind. Hotel Rwanda painted a picture that remains etched in minds and this picture is what most think of when they think about Rwanda. After the media has sold horror stories and made movies, they do not often go back to report the positive changes that take place. The face of Rwanda has changed and this is a great success story that shows that even Africa can change and develop. If the whole of Africa would develop at this rate, Africa would be able to compete with the rest of the world and move away from dependancy to independence to compete on a level platform with the whole world.

Rwanda does not have any vast mineral deposits or oil but has the highest density of people in Sub Saharan Africa and is known as the land of many mountains. It is a tiny landlocked country 1% the size of its neighbour the Democratics Republic of Congo. The people are predominantly subsistence farmers and food is often imported to meet demand. President Paul Kagame‘s government strategy is to create jobs through tourism and the services industry.  According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the world top 10 fastest growing economies include Rwanda.  The Central Bank has projected that Rwanda will experience a growth rate of 7.6% by the end of 2012 after 8,8% in 2011. This is ahead of most developed countries.

At the heart of Rwanda’s revival is its President Paul Kagame who has made Rwanda his personal problem and is working hard to make sure that Rwanda progresses. Rwanda set up structural reforms, such as regional specialization of crops and increased use of fertilizer and irrigation as well as large investments in agriculture. Economic projections were revised and because of reforms growth by the end of 2011 is projected to have reached 8.8 percent.

Facts about Rwanda

  1. Single digit inflation of 7,4. This contrasts sharply with Uganda’s 28.3 percent, Kenya’s 17.3 percent (September) while Tanzania’s was estimated at 14.1 percent in August.
  2. Rwanda is one of the top ten fastest growing countries in the world.
  3. Health has improved as shown by key indicators. Infant mortality dropped from 86 per 1000 live births in 2005 to 50 per 1000 live births in 2011. 
  4. The use of contraceptives increased from 25 percent in 2008 to 45 percent in just three years.
  5. Rwanda’s infrastructure grew rapidly, with connections to electricity jumping from 91,000 in 2006 to 215,000 in 2011, according to government statistics.
  6.  Access to education improved sharply with primary school completion rates for 2011 reaching 79 percent for boys and 82 percent for girls.
  7. At least 1 million Rwandans have been lifted out of poverty in just five years, according to the Rwandan Household Living Conditions Survey, released by the government earlier this year.
  8. Economic growth between 2006 and 2011 reduced the number of Rwanda’s 11 million people living in poverty from 57 to 45 percent,
  9. Marriott is building one of its first three hotels in sub-Saharan Africa, with a 5-star, 250-room hotel in Kigali. Marriott said it decided to enter Rwanda because of its promise as a service, transportation and logistics center for the Central Africa.
  10. Rwanda’s economy grows and outpaces its neighbors in virtually every development indicator

About eighteen years ago the Rwandan was torn into turmoil and the country went into civil war. Seventeen years later the country is now a beacon of light for Africa and the world. Its economy is on the rise and so the lives of its citizens are changing. If Rwanda can turn the page after such a nasty history, any other country can do so as well. Focused leadership, transparency and accountability will see Africa take a turn for the better as has been observed in Rwanda. There is hope for Africa. There is no telling awhat a great leader can do for a country. If Africa could produce just a handful of such mighty powerful men of vision.

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Categories: Development, Opportunities
  1. September 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, has been among the Rwandan president’s strongest supporters , praising him as a “visionary leader” for the reconstruction and economic development of his country after the genocide.

    • September 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      That is true. Tony Blair has been involved in Rwanda and in a few other African successes, I’m not sure why they were protested against him in Johannesburg. I guess he did send soldiers to Iraq, but that is in the past. Its always a plan to have someone who has walked the road succesfully before you onside.

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