African Millionaire Returns World Entrepreneurship Award In Protest Comment Now Follow Comments Ashish J. Thakkar, a 32 year-old Ugandan-born multi-millionaire entrepreneur, said on Wednesday he is returning a high profile entrepreneurship award to the World Entrepreneurship Forum to protest what he called the organizers’ efforts to whitewash and discredit the achievements of President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. Last November, Thakkar, who is the founder of the Mara Group, a Pan-African conglomerate with interests in technology, offshoring, property and agriculture and has operations in 19 countries, was given an award as the ‘World’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ by the World Entrepreneurship Forum, a French-based think-thank founded in 2008 by EMLYON Business School, KPMG France, and the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The forum brings together leading entrepreneurs, thinkers and builders from 75 different countries to tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues with entrepreneurial solutions. Thakkar was awarded alongside other leading entrepreneurs like Virgin boss Richard Branson and Aramex founder Fadi Ghandour.
via Paul Farmer’s Graph of the Year: Rwanda’s plummeting child mortality rate.
Time has its “Person of the Year.” Amazon has its books of the year. Pretty Much Amazing has its mixtapes of the year. Buzzfeed has its insane-stories-from-Florida of the year. And Wonkblog, of course, has its graphs of the year. For 2013, we asked some of the year’s most interesting, important and influential thinkers to name their favorite graph of the year — and why they chose it. Here’s medical anthropologist Paul Farmer’s. [Read more…]
by Lauren Harrison via AidData 3.0.
With the 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals fast approaching, the 2013 Global Hunger Index (GHI) released by the International Food Policy Research Institute in October affords a prime opportunity to evaluate progress to date related to hunger alleviation and health outcomes. Comparing the GHI performance of African countries with aid flows per capita and political commitments to hunger and nutrition suggests that politics may trump aid when it comes to influencing progress in reducing hunger.
via Mirror Online.
Scary Spice Mel is friends with the 56-year-old’s grown up children Ivan and Ange, who asked her to their family palace in East Africa.
The mum-of-three said: “Christmas is different every year. Last year we were in Australia and it was lovely but this year we’ve decided to go to Rwanda. We’ve got this amazing trip planned and we’re staying with the president, Paul Kagame.”
WARSAW, Poland (21 November 2013) — Rwanda has made major strides in repairing degraded lands and restoring agricultural productivity, correcting “huge mistakes” in land management that were made in the past, the country’s top agricultural official said.
Africa’s most densely populated country is highly dependent on agriculture — 80 percent of the population relies on farming for its livelihood, said Agnes Kalibata, Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture. Speaking recently to an audience of 1,200 at the Global Landscapes Forum, a 2-day side event to the UN climate change negotiations in Warsaw, Kalibata said her country has made hard-fought changes to the way it manages its land. “We use the environment the way we’ve always used it,” she said. “And we’ve made huge mistakes.”
New York, 24 November 2013 – Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Darfur
The Secretary-General was deeply disturbed to learn of another attack today by unidentified armed assailants on a convoy of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) near Kabkabiya, North Darfur, in which one Rwandan peacekeeper was killed.
The Secretary-General expresses his sincere condolences to the family of the fallen peacekeeper, and to the Government of the Republic of Rwanda.
The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms this attack on UNAMID and expects the Government of Sudan to take swift action to bring the perpetrators of this and previous attacks on UNAMID to justice.
KAMPALA- A planned East African Community summit in Kampala, due next weekend, has been thrown into confusion after Rwanda reportedly said it is “not interested” in taking up the rotational chair of the regional bloc.
Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs minister Louise Mushikiwabo confirmed late on Friday that a crowded domestic schedule, with landmark political observances in 2014, prompted discussions to have another country hold the rotational chair. President Paul Kagame was due to assume the community’s chairmanship during the Heads of State Summit in Kampala, due next Saturday.
“Yes, there have been consultations to skip Rwanda; the coming year is a busy time for Rwanda, with multiple activities related to the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the genocide and 20 years of liberation,” said Ms Mushikiwabo, also the government spokesperson. “The matter will be decided upon by the heads of state during their [November 30] summit.”
Rwandan political leaders have embraced the power of Twitter to converse directly with their constituents and their fans around the world. President Paul Kagame is an avid user of the micro-blogging service, frequently holding impromptu Twitter chats with his followers and anyone who wants to engage with him.
“Yes I answer questions from followers….!” Rwandan president Paul Kagame is the second most conversational world leader on Twitter. 88% of all his tweets are @replies to his followers and anyone who wants to discuss African issues with him. He consistently thanks his followers for their comments and praise, which is still the most prominent word in his Twitter stream. Paul Kagame is a shining example of the best use of Twitter to connect directly with his audience, however, there is one major drawback: @PaulKagame doesn’t follow any other Twitter user since he joined in 2009, not even the 37 presidents and prime minister who unilaterally follow him. Kagame tweets personally from his BlackBerry, generally in the evening, and is most active on Sundays.
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NYAKABANDE (UGANDA), 18 November 2013 (IRIN) – Tens of thousands of refugees and displaced people are starting to return to their homes in the two territories of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) previously occupied by the M23 rebels.
But for many more Congolese uprooted by conflict a homecoming is still a distant prospect.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported on 6 November a “progressive return or a wish to return” among internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Nyiragongo and Rutshuru territories, where the M23’s last holdouts were captured by the DRC army last week.
Paris — A French appeals court on Wednesday approved the extradition of two Rwandans wanted at home for their alleged role in the 1994 genocide that claimed about 800,000 lives.
The ruling on Claude Muhayimana, 52, a French citizen since 2010, and Innocent Musabyimana, 41, is not final and can still be challenged.
Although many countries such as Canada and Norway have extradited genocide suspects, France has so far refused to do so, fearing they would be denied a fair trial.
But it has sent some to Tanzania to face trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
The two men’s case will now go up to a higher court for a final ruling after their lawyer Philippe Meilhac signalled his intention to appeal.
If the extradition is approved, France would still have to sign an extradition treaty with Rwanda for the two to be sent back.
Five times, Majoro Sebageni had to climb a steep, muddy slope on Chanzu Hill in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, to dig battle trenches for the M23 rebels. [Read more…]
Kigali fashion week puts Rwanda on the style map
Rwanda may not have a fashion school, but its second fashion week champions a fledgling industry with worldwide ambitions.
A show during the second annual Kigali fashion week, which features the creation Rwandan designers including Sonia Mugabo, below.
It is normally the catwalks of Lagos and Johannesburg that grab the limelight as the African fashion industry grows in stature around the world. But the Rwandan capital put in a bid for style glory at the weekend with the launch of the second annual Kigali fashion week.
Designer Sonia Mugabo, who lost grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends in the genocide nearly 20 years ago, was one of 10 local designers whose work was showcased on Friday night, with help from the organisers of New York fashion week.
Although Rwanda does not have a fashion school, Mugabo says the tragic history of her family has made her more determined to follow her desire to be a designer. “When I was doing graphic design in college, my parents asked, what is she doing?” says the 23-year-old, who studied in the US and interned at Teen Vogue. “Fashion is a luxury here. Not everyone can afford to be fashionable and our culture is very conservative so people think it’s too showy. But I knew that’s what I wanted to do with my life.
“I think people here don’t understand art as a whole concept. They don’t know what art can do for a country.”
Mugabo and friend Candy Basomingera, 30, launched their women’s range, Afrikana Exquisiteness, in August.