Leapfrogging into the light

Financial Times | 27 March, 2017 Solar systems help Rwanda government switch from provider to regulator of electricity by Imaduddin Ahmed Mobile phones were the “leapfrog” infrastructure of the last decade. They allowed governments and companies in developing countries to skip installing landline systems underground. Off-grid solar home systems are proving to be the leapfrog … Continue reading

Pakistani community in Rwanda marks Independence Day

By: MOSES OPOBO New Times | August 16, 2016 Bilateral ties between Pakistan and Rwanda are on track and could only grow stronger, nearly a century after the first Pakistani national settled in Rwanda. The sentiment was shared by the Pakistani community in Rwanda and their Rwandan counterparts as the former marked 69 years of … Continue reading

PPP success in Rwanda shows potential for greater self-reliance

Financial Times Beyond BRICS | 2 April, 2015 New Times | 4 April, 2015 allAfrica | 4 April, 2015 World Bank EIN News Desk | 6 April, 2015 Twenty-one years after its genocide, Rwanda ranks 46th in the world for ease of doing business according to the World Bank, four spots below its former coloniser … Continue reading

Let them speak English

Pakistan Today | 3 Oct 2014 Imaduddin Ahmed The professional elite of Pakistan have a monopoly on English medium-schools and therefore on global competitiveness “And where in India are you from?” asked the hostess of an upscale restaurant in Kigali, Rwanda. “I’m Pakistani,” I replied. “Pakistani?!” she exclaimed, “But you’re so polished!” Shocked as I … Continue reading

Is your local public-private partnership going to be a happy one?

By Imaduddin Ahmed and Shilesh Muralidhara The East African | January 11, 2014 Partnerships can be wonderful. They can also be disastrous. So, too, is this the case with partnerships entered into by governments and businesses for the delivery of public goods, which can either lose countries millions of dollars per project or initiate virtuous … Continue reading

Land of a thousand hills

Imaduddin Ahmed delights in the charms of a transformed Rwanda The Friday Times | July 05 – 11, 2013 – Vol. XXV, No. 21 Rwandans greeted outsiders well into the nineteenth century with hails of arrows. And who could blame them? The first European to the area – an officer of the British Indian army … Continue reading

Kinyarwanda: getting around, instructions to taxi drivers

A conversation with a moto-driver at the beginning of a journey may go as follows: You: Yewe! You: Bitte Driver: Sawa You: Ndashaka kujya kuri Nakaumatt, mu mujji Driver: Yego You: Nangahe? Driver: Magana umanani You: Oya, ibi birahenze Driver: Magana atandatu You: Sawa. Ufite amafaranga mato? Driver: Yego You:  Utware bohoro kandi neza You: … Continue reading

Kinyarwanda: greetings and pleasantries

greeting for the first time – muraho good morning – mwara mutse hello – mwiriwe have a good day – umunsi mwiza have a good day (16-18h) – umugoroba mwiza good evening – muraramukeho, umugoroba mweza good night – ijoro geza good-bye (to a lot of people) – muririrweho farwell – murabeho go well – … Continue reading

Introduction to Kinyarwanda on this website

First of all, welcome to Rwanda! You’ll enjoy the idyllic weather in this beautiful, clean and safe country. If you’re planning on staying here a while, you’ll probably want to learn the native language Kinyarwanda for your own sanity and as a courtesy to the people here who don’t speak English, French or Swahili. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

Welcome to Rwanda

The Lost Pakistani | GQ India 21 July, 2012 It may be fair to conclude that my Pakistani and Pakistan-flavoured British compatriots’ recent extra-curricular ventures in India, the UK and USA haven’t assisted in winning me the good graces of law enforcement agents and immigration officers. Despite travelling on a British passport, less than two years after … Continue reading

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