Eighteen years after the genocide that made Rwanda
international news, yet left it all but abandoned by the West, the country has
achieved a miraculous turnaround. Rising out of the complete devastation of a
failed state, Rwanda has emerged on the world stage yet again—this time with a
unique model for governance and economic development under the leadership of
its strong and decisive president, Paul Kagame.
Here, Patricia Crisafulli and Andrea Redmond look at
Kagame’s leadership, his drive for excellence and execution that draws
comparisons to American CEOs and emphasizes the development of a
sophisticated and competitive workforce that leverages human capital. In
Rwanda, the ultimate turnaround, strong and effective leadership has made a
measurable and meaningful difference. Rwanda’s progress offers an example for
other developing nations to lift themselves out of poverty without heavy
reliance on foreign aid through decentralization, accountability,
self-determination, and self-sufficiency. The authors also explore Rwanda’s
journey toward its goal of becoming a middle-income nation with a
technology-based economy and its progress in encouraging private sector
development and fostering entrepreneurship while also making gains in education,
health care, and food security—and all with a strong underpinning of
reconciliation and unification. As so many nations stand on the brink of
political and economic revolution, this is a timely and fascinating look at the
implications of Rwanda’s success for the rest of the continent—and the world.
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