Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Rwanda and one size fits all development

I was pleased to see President Kagame respond to his critics in the international media via a strong article in the FT last week. It is important that we pay vigilant attention to Human Rights issues across the globe, but President Kagame makes an important point that there is no ‘one size fits all’ path to development and democracy.

Given Rwanda’s recent history, we should praise the country’s success on the path to competitive democracy and continue working with the country to help them strengthen it.

President Kagame also argued that Africa must take responsibility for its own future, that Africa must devise its own solutions to its problems and that partners that work with Africa in this way will benefit. Africa Forging its own path is important for the future of the continent and President Kagame is an important advocate of this.

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