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    Rwanda’s Performance Contracts Could Serve as a Model for Other African Countries

Rwanda’s Performance Contracts Could Serve as a Model for Other African Countries

In the first of a series of articles ahead of the 2016 LSE Africa Summit which will explore the themes of Challenging Conventions and Thinking Beyond Investment, Samuel Baker argues that African countries should replicate Rwanda’s model of performance contracts to fight corruption as well as boost investment and economic growth.

Rarely in Africa will leaders apologise or face dismissal […]

Land leasing vs property tax?

African governments, and their international advisors, need to join up their thinking more effectively when pursuing ‘big urban reform’, says Tom Goodfellow.

Tax is back in fashion in international development circles.  We know that in the history of much of the world developing taxation systems was virtually synonymous with state-building; we believe that taxation enhances accountability and builds the ‘social […]

Delivering low income housing in Rwanda

Kigali should be an engine of growth and poverty reduction for Rwanda. But just 1,000 formal houses are built there each year, and most are too expensive for the majority low-income citizens. How can the government breathe life into the city’s low income housing market? Robert Buckley and Sally Murray discuss.

Rwanda is one of the least urbanised countries in […]

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    What can Rwanda’s dam building tell us about its politics?

What can Rwanda’s dam building tell us about its politics?

 Barnaby Dye gives a nuanced analysis about what Rwanda’s flagship dam project reveals about the country’s centralisation of power.

Rwanda has just completed its first large dam since the genocide (traditionally defined as one over 15 metres high). The Nyabarongo Dam will become the country’s primary power station and increase Rwanda’s power generation by a third. It is arguably the […]

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    Paying your soldiers and building the state in post-genocide Rwanda

Paying your soldiers and building the state in post-genocide Rwanda

Benjamin Chemouni relates how finding an efficient way to pay Rwandan soldiers became a crucial element of post conflict state-building. Ensuring soldiers have legal access to financial resources is crucial for the state to fulfil its primary mission: retain the monopoly of violence. As seen in the Democratic Republic of Congo, difficulties providing soldiers with adequate resources may result in […]

October 15th, 2014|Featured, Finance|1 Comment|

Book Review: Rwanda and The Moral Obligation of Humanitarian Intervention by Joshua James Kassner

The 1994 Rwandan Genocide that took the lives of approximately 800,000 men, women and children is etched into our memories as one of the most acute failures of intervening in human rights violations. In Rwanda and The Moral Obligation of Humanitarian intervention, Joshua James Kassner contends that the international community had a moral obligation to intervene and therefore unrolls a convincing argument for […]

Photo blog: Rwanda in Photographs: Death Then, Life Now

As the world reflects on the lessons learned from the Rwanda genocide which took place 20 years ago, a photo exhibition at King’s College London is choosing to look forward, not backwards. Too often the country is reduced to images of violence and death, as seen through the eyes of outsiders. For this exhibition, Rwandans have challenged this gaze and […]

April 7th, 2014|Conflict|1 Comment|

Reflecting on Rwanda 20 years after the genocide

Twenty years on from the Rwanda genocide, LSE’s Omar McDoom reflects on what lessons have been learned and what changes have been effected as a result. Rwanda’s genocide, twenty years ago this month, symbolises the zenith of ethnic violence in Africa and international indifference toward it.   How did this defining event change our world?  It is true that mass atrocity […]

April 7th, 2014|Conflict|2 Comments|

Social capital’s “vicious potential” revealed through Rwandan genocide

In this post, Syerramia Willoughby examines a recent research paper entitled  Anti-Social Capital: A Profile of Rwandan Genocide Perpetrators’ Social Networks by LSE’s Dr Omar McDoom in which he explores the motivations of those Hutus who turned on their Tutsi neighbours during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. It can lead to better health, higher educational achievement, better employment schemes and […]

January 6th, 2014|Conflict|2 Comments|

Democracy and the city in Africa: a troubled but vital relationship

With 7 out of 10 people projected to live in urban areas by 2050, it’s becoming increasingly important to understand cities and the politics that continually shapes and reshapes them. Here, LSE’s Tom Goodfellow asks does democracy have an impact on how cities function? And, if so, what kind? This post originally appeared on Democracy in Africa. Two of the […]

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