The UN is blighted by the misconception of failure in the Congo

Neo-colonial influences have had a disastrous impact on Democratic Republic of Congo’s state-building efforts, argues Alanna O’Malley of the European University Institute. The question of whether or not former UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld should have responded positively to the appeal from the then-Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba to intervene to protect the sovereignty of the DR Congo against Belgian incursion […]

May 30th, 2013|Conflict|0 Comments|

The capacity to aspire: childhood and schooling in rural Rwanda

School-based education holds sway in post-genocide Rwanda, Timothy P. Williams of University of Bath explores the views of young school children about their lives. This post is based on a recent LSE Africa seminar presentation. Rwanda’s post-genocide recovery and redevelopment efforts have concentrated on establishing a new economic trajectory—one which places emphasis on macroeconomic stability, wealth creation, and transformation to […]

Can living through genocide lead to positive change?

After spending a year working at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Rwanda,  Nottingham University’s Caroline Williamson  presented the findings of her field research at LSE’s Africa Seminar Series. Looking at Rwandan women’s testimonies of the 1994 genocide, her project examines representations of positive identity change resulting from the trauma caused by the genocide, otherwise known as posttraumatic growth. Posttraumatic […]

November 21st, 2012|Conflict|2 Comments|

Book Review – Rwanda Fast Forward: Social, Economic, Military and Reconciliation Prospects

LSE’s Benjamin Chemouni reviews the book, Rwanda Fast Forward: Social, Economic, Military and Reconciliation Prospects co-edited by LSE alum, Patrick Noack. This edited book is ambitious and somewhat unconventional since it “focuses on the possible outlooks and on the future of [Rwanda]” (p.5). Albeit unusual, this perspective is justified in the case of Rwanda as its trajectory remains uncertain and […]

IGC VIDEO: Manufacturing set for a key role as Rwanda bids to maintain its rapid economic growth

For the last decade, Rwanda has been one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. But it now needs new sources of growth.


This video was produced by the International Growth Centre based at LSE.

October 8th, 2012|Economics|0 Comments|

LSE Research: The Psychology of Security Threats: Evidence from Rwanda

Dr Omar McDoom belongs to LSE’s Department of Government. In his latest research, Dr McDoom examines the psychological mechanisms that can trigger security threats using Rwanda as a case study. The strategic use of fear to influence public opinion and to achieve political goals has a long pedigree. Citizens of liberal democracies in the western world will readily recall the […]

Rwandan genocide film Coexist to be screened at LSE

Coexist, a documentary film which explores the agonising process of reconciliation after genocide, will be screened at LSE on Wednesday 14 September at the Wolfson Theatre in the New Academic Building at 18.30. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion to be chaired by the film’s executive producer and director, Adam Mazo. David Russell, Director of the Survivor’s […]

September 5th, 2011|Conflict|1 Comment|

LSE Research looks at the factors that determine how African leaders dispense patronage

Dr Elliot Green is a lecturer in Development Studies in LSE’s Department of International Development. In his latest paper, entitled Patronage as Institutional Choice, Dr Green uses the case studies of Rwanda and Uganda as he highlights geography and visibility as the two key factors that determine how African politicians distribute patronage. “Patronage is a universal form of politics, whereby political […]

Restorative Justice: healing wounds and repairing lives – advancing the human rights of survivors of genocide in Rwanda

An exhibition exploring the role of restorative justice in promoting the human rights and welfare of survivors of genocide in Rwanda takes place at LSE from Monday 18 July to Friday 26 August in the Atrium of the Old Building. It will feature photographic, written and video testimony of survivors participating in and benefitting from restorative justice. This exhibition was […]

July 15th, 2011|Conflict|0 Comments|

Development agencies must reverse their neglect of Rwandan genocide survivors

 Noam Schimmel is a PhD student in LSE’s Department of Media and Communications. He recently published a paper in Development in Practice entitled Failed aid:  how development agencies are neglecting and marginalising Rwandan genocide survivors. Noam Schimmel argues that the needs and the rights of Rwandan genocide survivors are being ignored by international aid agencies. Between April and June 1994, […]

June 27th, 2011|Development|0 Comments|

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